Take a deep breath

Jeanne and Ron Sears began The Seasons Retreat, a nonprofit, in 2016 on a working organic farm in Illinois. Trained as spiritual directors and members of the Mennonite Spiritual Directors Network, as well as Spiritual Directors International, they offer spiritual guidance and lead retreats in their rural setting.   Exhale. Deep breath. This is not […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]