Prayer of thanks for October 4, Feast Day of Saint Francis

Wendy Janzen is a pastor at St. Jacobs Mennonite Church in Ontario, Canada, a spiritual director and the founding pastor of Burning Bush Forest Church, an outdoor worshipping community that meets year-round in natural spaces in and around Kitchener-Waterloo. Forest Church (also known as Wild Church in parts of North America) is a new expression […]

Be still and know

Ruben Chupp retired from full-time pastoral ministry after 28 years and now serves as an on-call chaplain at Goshen Health. He offers spiritual direction and works at two local funeral homes, as needed. He attends Sunnyside Mennonite Church in Dunlap, Indiana.   I breathe in and out, on each two word line: Be still and […]

Spiritual direction doctors my spirit

Dan Schrock pastors at Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship (Goshen, Indiana), teaches spiritual direction at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, works as a wellness specialist for The Corinthian Plan and offers spiritual direction to others. I have a spiritual director because she doctors my spirit. Like most people, I have a doctor for my body (a nurse […]

Seeking Silence

Ruben Chupp retired from full-time pastoral ministry after 28 years and now serves as an on-call chaplain at Goshen (Indiana) Health. He offers spiritual direction and works at two local funeral homes, as needed. He attends Sunnyside Mennonite Church in Dunlap, Indiana. I like silence. More as I get older. It helps me think, clearing […]

What is spiritual direction?

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. If you want to learn more about spiritual direction, prayer and other spiritual practices, see Doreen’s blog […]

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 […]

What to do when the juice dries up

Marlene Kropf is a retired professor and denominational minister who lives in Port Townsend, Washington, where she continues to offer spiritual direction and lead retreats and Celtic pilgrimages.  She is a member of Portland (Oregon) Mennonite Church  and serves on the steering committee of Mennonite Spiritual Directors Network.  It’s not unusual for people to come […]