General Seminary's Center for Christian Spirituality has formed an innovative partnership with two Episcopal Service Corps (ESC) communities in New York City that will provide students in the spiritual direction programs with new opportunities for supervised ministry. Students will offer spiritual direction to Episcopal Service Corps. young adults who are spending a year living in intentional community, working in various social service and justice settings, gaining formation as leaders, and discerning their future vocations. "ESC young adults come from different backgrounds and can have complicated relationships with organized religion," said Sarah Nazimova-Baum, GTS 2011, who directs the New York Intern Program, one of the communities. "Their spiritual needs run deep."
The partnership will offer the ECS young adults companionship and guidance that honors who and where they are spiritually. It also will give General students experience in offering spiritual direction to individuals who are both seeking new expressions for their spirituality and discerning their life's work.
The New York Intern Program is affiliated with St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Harlem. The Rhinelander Volunteers, associated with The Church of the Holy Trinity on the Upper East Side, is shepherded by the Rev. R.C. Laird, GTS 2010.