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 […]

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 […]

Give up your eraser!

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. Three years ago, I took up a new spiritual practice – drawing my prayers. A recovering […]

Spirituality for the third act of life

Marlene Kropf lives in Port Townsend, Washington. She is a spiritual director, ordained minister, and Professor Emerita of Spiritual Formation and Worship (Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary). She also served for more than 20 years as Mennonite Church Minister of Worship and Spirituality. With Daniel Schrock, she is co-editor of “An Open Place: The Ministry of […]

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 […]

Cooking as a spiritual practice

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 continuing articles about spiritual direction, the series will also include brief articles about spiritual practices that renew our […]

Praying with my camera

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 continuing articles about spiritual direction, the series will also include brief articles about spiritual practices that renew our […]