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Daily Practice for August 18, 2016

Daily Practice for August 18, 2016

Word:  My friend, Corina Ravenscraft, writes about expectations and attachment in the BeZine. This is a life-long journey. I remember years ago when I was a beginning Spiritual Director, during my practicum, I was practicing at Washington Correctional Center for Women. I was there as a Spiritual Director. I went once monthly and the women signed up for Spiritual Direction via kites* outlining why they wanted spiritual direction. *It is fun the language you learn when you are in a different culture. A kite is a note sent from person to person in prison. There is an official kite form that they fill out and send around. In triplicate. Seriously. Anyway, at WCCW (or Purdy as it is commonly known), I put up posters and the folks would respond by sending me a kite. I asked a few simp...
How do you hold inspiration?

How do you hold inspiration?

Poetry, spiritual practice, Spirituality
This is a variation of a post I wrote at www.IntoTheBardo.wordpress.com A while ago, I was volunteering as a Spiritual Director with incarcerated women. As it so happens, working with the incarcerated us not always straight forward. Some of the things that impact the incarcerated are less education, unstable family systems, increased drug & alcohol use, and untreated mental illness. One woman I worked with came to me for Spiritual Direction, but she was schizophrenic. The things we worked at were finding a concrete symbol of something that she could name as Divine Love but that did not have her "hearing voices" or "listening for divine within" or anything at all like that! After all, coming from a time in life when she actively did hear voices, that was not something she trusted! We...

Article Review: Generational Ministry

Article Review, Church, Religion, Spirituality, Theology
Excellent article in Presence (International Journal of Spiritual Direction) on "Generational Ministry: Spiritual Guidance for the Five Adult Generations Alive Today." Quick synopsis of spiritual component: The G.I. Generation - value hierarchy and order & so does God. Traditional, institutional, extroverted (i.e. people need to go out to church), obedient & responsible. Value direction in their spirituality (being directed). The Silent Generation - value keeping up the institutions of the G.I. Generation. Adaptive generation, making the previous institutions created continue to work. Empathetic, highly compassionate, justice seeking (all civil rights figures are from here). Plays well with others. Divine is a loving parent. Movers behind ecumenical movement. Introverted spiritua...