How shall we respond to God’s invitation to profoundly intimate and life-giving relationship? One way is by intentionally engaging a regular practice of listening to the Spirit’s movement in our lives. Doing so with the help of a spiritual director – one who listens alongside us to our story and to God’s story with us – creates space that is conducive to hearing and responding to the Spirit’s activity in fresh, faithful and ultimately transformative ways.
My discernment regarding serving as a spiritual director began when I was in seminary over twenty years ago. I had begun a practice of meeting with a spiritual director, a practice that I continue to this day. With the help of my director, I found myself listening more attentively to where, when and how the Spirit was moving in my life. Spiritual direction also gave me the gift of discerning what faithful responses to the Spirit’s work might look like.
After seminary, I occasionally offered spiritual direction to seminarians from Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS) and Yale Divinity School (2001-2009). Since joining the full-time faculty of VTS (2010-2019), I have served as a director to VTS graduates and other clergy in the Washington Metropolitan area. During that time, I also participated in monthly meetings of a Spiritual Directors’ Peer Supervision group. Two years ago, I participated in more formal training through a year-long spiritual direction program led by a nun and a laywoman at the Bon Secours Retreat and Conference Center in Marriottsville, MD.
I currently live in Hellam, PA with my husband, Jonathan. I continue to serve – on a part-time basis – as Affiliate Faculty, spiritual director, therapist and consultant at VTS. I meet with directees who live in the area at my home and with those who live at a distance by Zoom, Skype, FaceTime or phone. If you are interested in exploring the possibility of working together, feel free to be in touch with me!