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 […]

Don’t just do something, sit there!

  John Drescher-Lehman is a licensed clinical social worker in private practice, a spiritual director and a photographer. Along with his wife Sandy Drescher-Lehman, who is also a spiritual director and pastor, they are hosts at FernRock Retreat in Green Lane, Pennsylvania. John is a member of the Mennonite Spiritual Directors Network. Find John’s photos […]

Stop! Look! And Listen!

For more than a year, the Mennonite Spiritual Directors Network has been posting brief articles about spiritual direction – testimonies that witness to the potential of spiritual direction for encouraging and deepening spiritual growth.  In addition to articles about spiritual direction, the series will also include brief articles about spiritual practices that renew our faith […]