Spiritual Direction (or accompaniment)
Many people now recognise that having a spiritual director or companion can be helpful. There are different ways of describing being accompanied on our spiritual journey – it has variously been called spiritual direction, accompaniment, guidance, companionship or soul friendship.
A couple of definitions of are;
….help given by one Christian to another which enables that person to pay attention to God’s personal communication to him or her, to respond to this personally communicating God, to grow in intimacy with this God, and live out the consequences of the relationship. (Barry and Connolly The Practice of Spiritual Direction,1984)
….giving attention to the roots which are of equal if not more value than the fruits. Attending to hidden places of rootlessness and anxiety in order to seek wholeness. (Angela Ashwin)
Spiritual companionship reaches to the core of our being in relation to God and all of life.
It asks the questions; who am I for God?; who is God for me?; whose kingdom am I seeking? – all in the reality of daily living.
If you are interested in finding a director or companion please read the document Finding A Spiritual Companion here and respond to the instructions there.
The Diocese hold a list of potential spiritual directors in confidence and their work and support is overseen by the Spiritual Direction Resource Group. Every two or three years the diocese runs a training course for spiritual companions which lasts for around six months. If you would like to register an interest in the next one contact the Director of Discipleship & Ministry. Application requirements for the course are that you are growing and developing in your own prayer life, take regular retreats and that you have your own director or companion.