Spiritual Direction, Discernment, Mission and the Liberal Church


I’ve just finished presenting a paper at my Unitarian Universalist ministers study group, The Greenfield Group.  Our convocation was on the topic of Faith Formation 2020. Continuing a topic we discussed last time, we did reading and heard presentations on what the liberal church needs to do to adequately prepare and form our people for the next generation, to be ready to meet the faith formation needs of the church in 2020.

My paper was titled “Out of This Stillness: Spiritual Direction, Discernment and Mission in Liberal Congregations.”  I discuss how liberal congregations might better use group and individual spiritual direction as a foundation for discerning mission and becoming more missional in the coming century.  This is the beginning of a body of work and research that I will continue and turn into a research project for my certification in spiritual direction this coming spring as well as a series of “Sunset Talks” this coming summer at our UU district church camp, SWUUSI.

I have passed the paper around a bit outside the Greenfield Group and posted it to the UU Growth Lab on Facebook. I have been asked for it by more and more people so I am posting it here as a pdf file:

Out of This Stillness: Spiritual Direction, Discernment and Mission in Liberal Congregations