Tues., Oct. 20 - 6:30 p.m. - Hear about others' experiences with spiritual direction and consider whether God might be inviting you to participate in a spiritual direction listening circle. Additional events will be scheduled in November and December. This October 20 event is your chance to try out Listening Circles. Register and a Zoom link will be sent to you. If Listening Circles are a good fit for you, you’ll be able to sign up for more Listening Circle events held Tuesdays, Nov. 3 and 17 and Dec. 1, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Then if you would like to continue, you will be able to sign up for future dates on Tuesdays in 2021: Jan. 7, Feb. 4, March 3, April 7, and May 5. Contact Heidi Lender at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions. Register Here These Listening Circles will be facilitated either in-person at St. Andrew's or online (TBD) by several certified Spiritual Directors, including Pastor Brian Norsman, Spiritual Formation Pastor; Heidi Lender, Resource Counselor; and Peg Ruetten, Group Facilitator at Christos Center for Spiritual Formation.
Lectio Divina (Latin for "Divine Reading") is a traditional monastic practice of scriptural reading, meditation and prayer intended to promote communion with God and to increase the knowledge of God's word. There are many ways to practice, but here's one to get you started. Pick a couple verses in Scripture – (Psalms are good place to start or favorite verses or stories) Read that Scripture 4 times and after each one do the following Just listen What word struck you? Say it out loud and mediate on that word What is God saying to you? What do you want to say back to God?
Spiritual Direction is aimed at forming and cultivating a relationship with God. Some people start with a Spiritual Director, others find their way through spiritual practices. Here are some of the spiritual direction questions we asked in a recently course about Faith + Life at St. Andrew's. What important decisions are you weighing these days? How would your choices differ if you made them based on fear versus faith? How would you assess your current spiritual growth? How would your [spouse/parents/closest friends etc.] assess where you are spiritually? What is a single word that best describes your present emotional state? How does speaking out that word make you feel? What self-care measures have you been taking lately, and how are those practices fueling you and fulfilling you? When did you last celebrate a victory of some sort by being present over perfect? What is bringing you peace these days? Interested in finding out more? Reach out to Pastor Brian Norsman, certified Spiritual Director for more information on Spiritual Direction and Spiritual Practices.