We shall not cease
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time’
- T.S.Eliot: 'East Coker'
The following pages are intended as a resource for those interested in exploring and developing their life in Christ.
Much of it is concerned with 'Spirituality', a word which has no precise definition but used by a variety of disciplines to indicate that which is non-corporeal (not of the physical body). It is derived from Hebrew ruach, (spirit; breath; wind; that which gives life and animation) and the Greek pneuma (spirit). In Christian terms it concerns the way a person responds to God's Spirit, involving the processes by which we are moved towards (or away from) God and is rooted in the way a person responds to Christ. In recent times the term has moved beyond a merely individualistic quest for meaning and appears in debates about the transformative processes occurring in the public domain, e.g. health, education, social order.
It is not to be confused with 'spiritualism' which is a non-Christian religion 'postulating the belief that the spirits of the dead residing in the spirit world have both the ability and the inclination to communicate with the living.' (Wikipedia)
Spiritual Direction (sometimes called Spiritual Accompaniment or Soul Friends) is a confidential ministry whereby a person is helped to explore a deeper understanding of themselves in relation to the world they inhabit and all that lies beyond yet is intimately near - God, the Divine Other.
Supervision is also a means for growth. Priests, Ministers and Spiritual Directors benefit from the accountability and confidential space offered by Supervision. Through reflection on themselves in relationship with the work they do, areas of giftedness and darkness are realised more clearly and the person is enabled to help others with greater awareness.
As a trained Spiritual Director and Supervisor working in London and the south east of the UK I invite you to consider how these ministries may be of help in your own growth and development.
John-Francis Friendship APS