Over the last year we have been having conversations about the desirability of developing a national forum for Spiritual Direction in the UK.
Supporting good practice
We see the potential for such a forum to be a common table and a centre of gravity for thinking together and encouraging good practice in Spiritual Direction. This common table provides the place where we can gather, relate and share matters of mutual interest. A centre of gravity holds things in relationship and in a forum our common concern for Spiritual Direction provides this. In so doing it allows for individuality in finding our places around it. Thus the forum would be a space for communication and discernment rather than oversight or control.
To develop a National Forum for Spiritual Direction?
We embarked on a discernment process that sought to draw upon the prayed response of many who are actively involved in Spiritual Direction in the UK.
We would like to extend our conversation and discernment around this possibility to those who are involved in the provision, training and promotion of Spiritual Direction across the UK. To this end, we invite you to contribute to this, by thinking, praying and sharing your insights with us. We will then give time to look at the responses, reflect and continue our discernment and report back to you about what emerges from this process.
We ask you to prayerfully consider this idea of a ‘forum for Spiritual Direction’ – both what you find positive, attractive, hopeful about it, and what you find negative or worrying about it. Please download this sheet that outlines a way you might prayerfully engage with this. At the end of July we’ll open an online feedback form for you to use and submit your response by the end of August.
Please also, pass this invitation on to others you are connected with in supporting, training and promoting the ministry of Spiritual Direction.
Our intention is that a Forum would enable those involved in Spiritual Direction to connect, explore and encourage best practice in Spiritual Direction in a way that affirms our commonality and diversity. We are aware of the recent announcement by the group that has been exploring accreditation of their intention to establish ’Spiritual Direction UK’. We take no particular stance on accreditation, welcoming Spiritual Directors to the forum in their diversity of view on this and many other subjects.