Updated 30 January 2021
Saturday 30 January 2021 saw an online gathering of over 120 people drawn together and experience ‘Forum’.
Members of the initiating group, (Julie Dunstan, Alison McTear, Chris Chapman, John-Francis Friendship and Nick Helm) shared something of their journey and interest in working to this initiative. Everyone had time in small groups. The Vision Statement (see below) was shared, and then reflected on in small groups. The feedback from the groups was shared on zoom chat and some observations made by the group. There was plenty of energy and enthusiasm, along with helpful questions and ideas.
This statement came from a discerning process undertaken by the initiating group. This included a consultation with over 170 spiritual directors from all over the country who after prayerful reflection contributed their feedback. This was compiled into 72 page document. The group reflected and prayed with this, seeking to listen to all that was shared and draw together a vision statement. This vision statement comprises three sections:
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
Clearly there is work to be done in bringing together a core committee and the sub-groups.
The initiating group will be reflecting on the feedback to the vision statement and on bringing these groups into being.
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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.