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Spiritual Directors Available to the GTS Community

Spiritual direction is about companionship. In a Christian context, a spiritual director is someone who accompanies you as you explore your spirituality and grow in relationship with God. Spiritual direction can help you listen for the voice of God and live more fully into Christian faith. A spiritual director will invite you to reflect on your life in the light of faith, guide you in prayer and spiritual practices, co-listen with you in discerning God’s good purposes for you, and encourage your baptismal discipleship.

For the 2016–2017 academic year, The General Theological Seminary is blessed by the ministry of three spiritual directors who will offer one-on-one conversations with students, staff, faculty, family members, and residents at the Seminary. Whether you have met with a director in the past or are seeking spiritual direction for the first time, they are present and passionate about discerning with you how the Spirit is moving in your life.

For more information about our spiritual directors and how to make an appointment, download the information sheet: GTS Spiritual Directors Fall '16.

Please contact the CCS (ccs@gts.edu) if you have additional questions.

Spiritual Directors Available to the GTS Community

Spiritual direction is about companionship. In a Christian context, a spiritual director is someone who accompanies you as you explore your spirituality and grow in relationship with God. Spiritual direction can help you listen for the voice of God and live more fully into Christian faith. A spiritual director will invite you to reflect on your life in the light of faith, guide you in prayer and spiritual practices, co-listen with you in discerning God’s good purposes for you, and encourage your baptismal discipleship.

For the 2015–2016 academic year, The General Theological Seminary is blessed by the ministry of four spiritual directors who will offer one-on-one conversations with students, staff, faculty, family members, and residents at the Seminary. Whether you have met with a director in the past or are seeking spiritual direction for the first time, they are present and passionate about discerning with you how the Spirit is moving in your life.

For more information about our spiritual directors and how to make an appointment, download the information sheet: GTS Spiritual Directors Spring '16.

Please contact the CCS (ccs@gts.edu) if you have additional questions.

Spiritual Directors Available to the GTS Community

Spiritual direction is about companionship. In a Christian context, a spiritual director is someone who accompanies you as you explore your spirituality and grow in relationship with God. Spiritual direction can help you listen for the voice of God and live more fully into Christian faith. A spiritual director will invite you to reflect on your life in the light of faith, guide you in prayer and spiritual practices, co-listen with you in discerning God’s good purposes for you, and encourage your baptismal discipleship.

For the 2015–2016 academic year, The General Theological Seminary is blessed by the ministry of four spiritual directors who will offer one-on-one conversations with students, staff, faculty, family members, and residents at the Seminary. Whether you have met with a director in the past or are seeking spiritual direction for the first time, they are present and passionate about discerning with you how the Spirit is moving in your life.

For more information about our spiritual directors and how to make an appointment, download the information sheet: GTS Spiritual Directors Fall 15.

Please contact the CCS (ccs@gts.edu) if you have additional questions.

Spiritual Directors Available to the GTS Community

The four spiritual directors who offer their ministry to the GTS community are available during the Easter term for any students, staff, faculty, and residents who would like to receive spiritual direction on campus. Whether you have met with a director in the past or are seeking spiritual direction for the first time, they are present and passionate about discerning with you how the Spirit is moving in your life. If you are interested in scheduling a spiritual direction session, or an introductory meeting to get to know one of the directors, please visit the Center for Christian Spirituality website, where you can find a link to an instruction sheet with the directors' contact information (under "Spiritual Direction for the GTS Community"). The website also has a link to the Spiritual Direction Room calendar, which shows the dates and times that each director plans to be available for appointments on campus.

Please contact the CCS (ccs@gts.edu) if you have additional questions.

Last Chance to Register for Next Weekend's Spiritual Direction Course

The intensive course in Contemplative Supervision for Individual and Group Spiritual Direction (AT 330) with Westina Matthews is happening next weekend, November 7-9. It meets 9:30am-3:00pm on both Friday and Saturday and then 2:00-5:00pm on Sunday. You can earn one or two credits. Students, if you have not yet registered but are interested in the course, please sign up right away. Matriculated students can contact the Registrar (registrar@gts.edu) to register; non-matriculated students can register at Take a Course (on the www.gts.edu main menu).

For more information, check out the reading list and syllabus here.

Quiet Meditation Offering: Serenity and Peace in Times of Uncertainty

We are invited to make a positive difference at work, at home, in community, and in the church. Staying grounded in God may at times feel challenging. Come explore the many varieties of peaceful contemplation, engaging heart, imagination, and body in relationship with God. Join us as we nourish our souls to find courage, clarity, serenity, and inner peace during these times of uncertainty. All in the GTS community who seek peace and stillness are welcome, from any religious tradition or none, and with experience in meditation or not.

Date: Monday, October 20, 2014

Time: 6:15PM – 7:45PM

Location: Oratory (3rd Floor, Sherred)

Facilitator: Westina Matthews, Ph.D., adjunct professor with The Center for Christian Spirituality, and graduate of Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation

To register or for more information, contact ccs@gts.edu.

Registration Open for Intensive Course in Spiritual Direction

A spiritual direction course that is offered as an intensive weekend each fall and spring will begin in a few weeks. Westina Matthews, one of our community's spiritual directors and CCS faculty, will be teaching AT 330: Contemplative Supervision for Individual and Group Spiritual Direction, and she still has space available for more students. It is a great opportunity for students already in the spiritual direction program, as well as for anyone who wants to learn more about contemplative spiritual practices. The course will meet November 7-9, 9:30am-3:00pm on both Friday and Saturday and then 2:00-5:00pm on Sunday. It is worth 1 supervision credit for the spiritual direction certificate, but Dr. Matthews is offering the option of taking it for 2 credits if you write a longer paper.

Please check out the reading list and syllabus and sign up for the class right away. If you are a matriculated student, contact the Registrar (registrar@gts.edu) to register; if you are a non-matriculated student, or “General Learner,” please go to Take a Course (on the www.gts.edu main menu) and register.

Feel free to contact Jodi Belcher at ccs@gts.edu if you have questions.

Spiritual Directors on the Close in April

Upcoming Dates for Spiritual DirectionBarbara Crafton: Most Tuesdays Louise Litke: April 2-4, 12 Nigel Massey: April 12, 26 Westina Matthews: April 2, 13, 14, 16 James Warnke: April 20, 27

Thank You for Making Your Appointments On-line To all who are scheduling appointments with the GTS spiritual directors by using the new on-line Google calendar, thank you! If you are still learning how to do this, remember: To schedule time with a spiritual director, visit the Spiritual Direction Appointments Calendar, click on an available appointment, and reserve your time.

Notes about Making Appointments 1. Barbara Crafton prefers to run her own schedule. To request an appointment with her, please email her directly. 2. Once you have made an appointment, it will appear on your own Google calendar. If you wish to cancel the appointment, you may simply delete it from your own calendar, and the time slot will reopen on the appointments calendar. 3. If you are unable to use the online system, please contact the Rev. K. Jeanne Person, 212-243-5150, ext. 271, who will be glad to schedule your appointment for you.

Please keep your appointments! Let Google remind you! Write your appointment in every calendar, and pray for the Spirit to guide you there! If you need to cancel, and made the appointment online, you can cancel simply by deleting the appointment from your own Google calendar. Otherwise, you may contact Jeanne, who will be glad to tell your director for you and help you reschedule.

Spiritual Direction is for Everyone at GTS! General Seminary is delighted to welcome, in the Easter 2012 term, five spiritual directors whose ministry is to companion you in the spiritual life. A spiritual director is someone with whom you can speak confidentially and honestly about your experiences of God. Your spiritual director will listen as you share your interior life, notice how God is present for you, teach and encourage you to try new ways of praying, and help you discern God’s good purposes for you. Any member of the GTS community—student, professor, staff member, or family member—is welcome to meet occasionally or regularly (usually once a month) with a spiritual director.

Spiritual Directors in March

Upcoming Dates for Spiritual DirectionBarbara Crafton: Most Tuesdays Louise Litke: March 12-15 Nigel Massey: March 15, 22 Westina Matthews: March 30 & 31, April 2 James Warnke: March 16, 30

Thank You for Making Your Appointments On-line To all who are learning how to schedule appointments with the GTS spiritual directors by using the new on-line Google calendar, thank you! If you are just realizing this, however, here's what to do: To schedule time with a spiritual director, visit the Spiritual Direction Appointments Calendar, click on an available appointment, and reserve your time.

Notes about Making Appointments 1. Barbara Crafton prefers to run her own schedule. To request an appointment with her, please email her directly. 2. Once you have made an appointment, it will appear on your own Google calendar. If you wish to cancel the appointment, you may simply delete it from your own calendar, and the time slot will reopen on the appointments calendar. 3. If you are unable to use the online system, please contact the Rev. K. Jeanne Person, 212-243-5150, ext. 271, who will be glad to schedule your appointment for you.

Please keep your appointments! Let Google remind you! Write your appointment in every calendar, and pray for the Spirit to guide you there! If you need to cancel, and made the appointment online, you can cancel simply by deleting the appointment from your own Google calendar. Otherwise, you may contact Jeanne, who will be glad to tell your director for you and help you reschedule.

Spiritual Direction is for Everyone at GTS! General Seminary is delighted to welcome, in the Easter 2012 term, five spiritual directors whose ministry is to companion you in the spiritual life. A spiritual director is someone with whom you can speak confidentially and honestly about your experiences of God. Your spiritual director will listen as you share your interior life, notice how God is present for you, teach and encourage you to try new ways of praying, and help you discern God’s good purposes for you. Any member of the GTS community—student, professor, staff member, or family member—is welcome to meet occasionally or regularly (usually once a month) with a spiritual director.

Mary Magdalene as Spiritual Guide: A Quiet Afternoon in Women's History Month

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On Saturday, March 31, from 2:00-5:00pm, General Seminary's Center for Christian Spirituality will host a quiet afternoon that will invite participants to experience spiritual direction through the story of Mary Magdalene, who reveals what it means to be fully present to God and to bear witness to God’s life-giving acts. She is, therefore, a model for all who seek a deeper relationship with the holy and for any who would serve as a spiritual companion to others. The day will include readings, group exercises and prayer and will be accompanied by four original sculptures of Mary Magdalene that are meditations on the arc of her ministry and witness. Leading the quiet afternoon will be Heather Sisk, a sculptor and spiritual director in New York City. This event is made possible by a grant from the Evangelical Education Society of the Episcopal Church. To learn more and to register, click 

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