Updated 24 November 2020
The journey of exploring and discerning around establishing a National Forum for Spiritual Direction in the UK continues.
The discernment day in early November brought together the results of our prayer and reflection on the 70 pages of feedback we’d received from the summer consultation. Participants were: Ruth Holgate, Julie Dunstan, Chris Chapman, Alison McTier, John-Francis Friendship and Nick Helm. We’d drawn out key points under the three headings of Vision, Values and Mission. The process of the day involved times of prayer, listening to each other and reflecting on what was emerging.
A strong sense for the future emerged quickly, meaning that we made quicker progress than expected.
The outcome is the following description of our shared discernment. It gives a Vision for the Forum, the Values we believe should guide the work and key elements to begin our Mission in working towards this.
In the same spirit in which Spiritual Direction is conducted, we will endeavour to:
Create a Core Committee
Create three working groups to represent the three faces of the forum
1. To support and resource spiritual directors by
2. To promote and protect good practice by
3. To advocate and encourage the creative development of this ministry within the church and in a changing world by
There’s plenty of work to do, but high on our agenda is to enable more conversations between the initiating group and those interested in the forum.
The first step is to host a Zoom gathering on Saturday 30th January 11am – 1pm for the initiating group to share something of the story of what has inspired us in this, where we have got to and our next steps.
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Creator God, giver of all good things;
provide for us as we support and resource each other.
Jesus, incarnate, embodied;
enable us as we model and promote good practice.
Holy Spirit, breathing life into the world;
inspire us as we advocate and encourage creative ministry.
In all things, God, animate our vision with your desire.