Spiritual Formation – November 2002

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From Marjorie Thompson, Companions in Christ Spiritual Director

Spiritual formation is the process by which God forms us into the persons we are meant to be, Christ-like persons. Being re-shaped according to the pattern of Jesus' mind, heart, and work is the gracious labor of the Holy Spirit, moving within us personally and among us as Christian community. This transforming work takes us into ourselves and carries us out toward others in an endless, mutually reinforcing spiral of growth.

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Spiritual Direction 3 of 3 – September 2002

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From Marjorie Thompson, Companions in Christ Spiritual Director

For the last two months, we have been looking more closely at aspects of spiritual guidance or direction. In particular, we have discussed key elements of spiritual direction, the quality of a spiritual guidance conversation, and what to look for generally in a spiritual guide. But "generally" and "specifically" can make a world of difference!

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Spiritual Direction 2 of 3 – August 2002

Link: Companions in Christ | Tools & Tips.

From Marjorie Thompson, Companions in Christ Spiritual Director

Last month we began to supplement our understanding of spiritual guidance by listing key elements of the guidance process, and looking at the kind of things we might talk about in such a relationship. We offered a concrete example of a spiritual direction conversation. Of course, no particular sample conversation can be normative. Each of us has different needs and styles, not to mention constantly changing life circumstances that will shape the issues, questions, and musings of faith we bring to any relationship of spiritual guidance

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Spiritual Direction 1 of 3 – July 2002

Link: Companions in Christ | Tools & Tips.

From Marjorie Thompson, Companions in Christ Spiritual Director

The idea of spiritual guidance or direction is relatively new in the Protestant world. Some of our Companions in Christ groups have told us that they were particularly challenged by this final part of the 28-week resource. We would like to offer some additional perspectives on this dimension of Christian life in the next several email newsletters, along with further resources for exploration. Spiritual friendship and guidance are foundational to Christian life in community, and to our personal maturation in Christ. We want to do all we can to encourage greater understanding of this practice. Here is part of a chapter I wrote on the subject of individual spiritual direction (one-on-one) — in Soul Feast: An Invitation to the Christian Spiritual Life (published by Westminster/John Knox Press, 1995).

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