Spiritual Director International Conference
I leave tomorrow to fly to Houston to attend the Spiritual Director International Conference. This will be my first time to participate in this event.
Spiritual Director International is a membership organization and learning community of people from many faiths and many nations who share a common concern, passion, and commitment to the art and contemplative practice of spiritual direction. Its mission is: “throughout human history, individuals have been called to accompany others seeking the Mystery we name God. In this time, Spiritual Directors International responds to this call by tending the holy around the world and across traditions.”
One of my goals this year was increased networking with people in the field of spirituality, especially those who write. The keynote presenter at the event this year is author Ron Rolheiser, who has written books like The Holy Longing, The Restless Heart and the Shattered Lantern.
One full day is dedicated to Spirituality and Health Care. For those of you who do not know my background, I am an RN and practiced many years in public health. Topics scheduled for that day that piqued my interest are Healthcare as a Sacred Vocation, Spiritual Intelligence, and Embracing the Unwanted Gift of Grief.
Additional workshops I am attending are on Henri Nouwen, another one of my favorite authors, Being present to God’s Movements through Storytelling, and Creating a Culture of Awakening (transforming churches into places of deep listening). If you haven’t read any books by Henri Nouwen, I encourage you to explore his writings as they will nourish your spirit in many ways.
Of course exhibits, interactive experiences, and networking will abound.
In the name of God I go on this journey.
May God the Father be with me, God the Son protect me, and God the Holy Ghost be by my side.