Expanding our awareness of God through group spiritual direction

Debra Sutter is a pastor at First Mennonite in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, as well as a spiritual director. She lives with her husband Tom in Urbana and enjoys making music, reading, walking in the prairie and visiting their two adult children, Aaron and Sarah, wherever they are around the world. Debra is a member of the Mennonite Spiritual […]

Spiritual direction in action

Recently a group of 75 Mennonite spiritual directors from across the United States and beyond met for a three-day retreat in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Though the group of spiritual directors meets every six years as a larger body, smaller regional retreats are held every two years to provide learning, inspiration and accountability. The theme for […]

Lectio Matters: The Needful Thing

Sally Weaver Glick is from Goshen, Indiana, where she is a spiritual director and a pastor at Open Table Mennonite Fellowship. She is a member of the steering group of Mennonite Spiritual Directors Network. In the morning quiet, I am reading Luke 10:38-42, Jesus’ visit with Martha and Mary, lectio divina style. I read slowly, […]

Lord of the Dance

Doreen Miller serves as Congregational Spiritual Director of Gingrichs Mennonite Church in Lebanon, Pennsylvania. “I am a loved sinner,” she says. “What more could I want in this life?” Doreen is a member of the Mennonite Spiritual Directors Network.  Misty (name changed) was referred to me for spiritual direction by a counselor. Raised in a […]

Prayer at sunrise

Mary Kratz is a retired nurse practitioner. Since retirement she is engaged in offering spiritual direction and also volunteers in the Chaplain’s Department at a local hospital. She attends Park View Mennonite Church in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Mary’s reflection was submitted by the Mennonite Spiritual Directors Network. This past summer, my husband and I were preparing to […]

Letting it rain … learning to lament

Jane Hoober Peifer resides in Harrisonburg, Virginia, with her husband Daryl. Following 24 years in pastoral ministry, Jane received Spiritual Direction training from KAIROS: School for Spiritual Formation (Lancaster, Pennsylvania). She currently companions folks in Lancaster and in Harrisonburg. She also serves as a leader for two cohorts of new pastors in Mennonite Church USA […]

Prayer transformed

Ruth Yoder Wenger is pastor of North Bronx Mennonite Church in New York City, where she has lived for the past 45 years. Recently retired from 15 years in interfaith disaster, emotional and spiritual care (administration and training), she is happy providing full-time daycare for her first grandchild, born in January. She is a member […]

An Apophatic Spirituality

Dan Schrock works as a pastor at Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship, Goshen, Indiana, teaches courses in spiritual direction and prayer at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Elkhart, Indiana, and offers spiritual direction. Dan is a member of the Mennonite Spiritual Directors Network. In my roles as a pastor, seminary teacher, and spiritual director, I sometimes work […]

Silent retreats

June Mears Driedger is a spiritual director and retreat leader in Lansing, Michigan. She is also editor of Leader magazine, published by MennoMedia. June is a member of the Mennonite Spiritual Directors Network. The road sign into The Hermitage property in Three Rivers, Michigan, says, “Begin to drive slowly.” It is a safety request, but […]

Knowing and unknowing

Jane Hoober Peifer recently moved to Harrisonburg, Virginia after retiring from pastoral ministry at Blossom Hill Mennonite Church in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in September of 2013. She continues ministry as a spiritual director, retreat leader, worship leader for Mennonite Church USA’s Constituency Leaders Council, and mentor/coach for new pastors in Mennonite Church USA’s Transitioning into Ministry […]