Out of my mind; Into my heart

Todd Friesen is lead pastor of East Chestnut Street Mennonite Church in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He leads spiritual retreats, offers spiritual direction and teaches centering prayer. Todd is a member of the Mennonite Spiritual Directors Network. On my flight from Chicago to Denver, my talkative seatmates clearly thought I was out of my mind: “You’re not […]

No need to be a know-it-all

Eric Massanari is chaplain at Kidron Bethel Village in North Newton, Kansas. Eric is a member of the Mennonite Spiritual Directors Network. Here is a story from the fourth century Desert Fathers and Mothers of Egypt and Palestine: Abba Amoun came to Abba Sisois saying: ‘When I read Scripture, I long to prepare elaborate comments, […]

Soul Friends

Michelle Hofer is a commission artist who also enjoys writing and speaking about the intersection of art and faith. She lives in Freeman, South Dakota, with her husband Colin and children, Madeline and Claire, and serves as the artist-in-residence at Hutterthal Mennonite Church. I took part in a spiritual pilgrimage in June 2016 where participants […]

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 […]

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 […]

Gray matters

Charlene Epp lives in Lakewood, Colorado. She attends Glennon Heights Mennonite Church and serves as a chaplain, a spiritual director and a coach for families facing living transitions of disabled or elderly individuals. Charlene is a member of the Mennonite Spiritual Directors Network. Aging doesn’t ensure or guarantee becoming a sage. However, those who nurture […]

A new way to pray

Vera Smucker Shenk of Goshen, Indiana is an on-call chaplain at Elkhart (Indiana) General Hospital. She has been a spiritual director since 2001. Her passion for holistic healing continues to call to her, seeking more ways to help others experience the joys and challenges of ongoing growth. Vera is a member of the Mennonite Spiritual […]

That’s a good question

Evan J. Miller is a spiritual director and business leader with a special interest in the intersection of spirituality and leadership.  He is an active participant in the Open Table Mennonite Fellowship in Goshen, Indiana. Evan is a member of the Mennonite Spiritual Directors Network. Perhaps it’s just in my circles, but I’ve noticed that […]

Breathing at high altitudes

Jane Bishop Halteman is from Kern Road Mennonite Church in South Bend, Indiana, where she contributes to a weekly blog, Glimpses of Healing and Hope. She is a spiritual director, writer, photographer,active grandmother and member of the Mennonite Spiritual Directors Network. I’ve traveled in and out of Denver a number of times, both as a […]

Pilgrimage in any season

Marlene Kropf is a spiritual director, retreat leader and retired Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary professor who now lives in Port Townsend, Washington, with her husband Stanley, who enjoys sailing on nearby waters. Marlene is a member of the Mennonite Spiritual Directors Network. In spring, Chaucer wrote, “folk long to go on pilgrimages.” Nowadays, the desire […]