What is spiritual direction?
As part of the SFF program, students will take two semesters of spiritual direction. Spiritual direction is a centuries-old practice of one Christian helping another to see and pay attention to the work of God in that person’s life. As authors William Barry and William Connolly put it, spiritual direction is defined as “help given by one Christian to another which enables that person to pay attention to God’s personal communication to him or her, to respond to this personally communicating God, to grow in intimacy with this God, and to live out the consequences of the relationship.” It is experiential in nature, and seeks to direct the person to greater intimacy with and responsiveness to God.
Spiritual direction at Talbot involves meeting with a trained spiritual director from the Center for Spiritual Renewal (CSR), a subset of the Institute for Spiritual Formation at Talbot (ISF). The spiritual director and “directee” will meet four to six times over the course of each required semester. Individual sessions are 45 minutes in length and no more frequent than every other week.