This article is part of the Easter 2020 Trinity Magazine issue. You can view the entire issue here.
These workshops are part of Spiritual Direction Expansions, a Continuing Education program for Spiritual Directors and Disciplers offered by the Anglican Diocese of Pittsburgh.
Play Without Ceasing: Spontaneity and Freedom in Spiritual Direction & Companioning
Friday, July 10, 2020 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
This interactive workshop will introduce spiritual directors and disciplers to the basics of improvisational play theories through fun, imaginative exercises, periods of prayerful reflection and group sharing. By presenting the practical insights of improvisational play in the context of ministry, spiritual directors and companions can grow in their ability to stay present and attentive in relationships, and respond with flexibility to follow wherever the Holy Spirit is leading. Playful interaction allows both directors and directees to move beyond simple cognitive response into lived, embodied practice. Topics include: creating safety in the listening environment, better “in-the-moment” discernment skills, and how to help others tell their stories within God’ Story. Participants should come wearing comfortable clothing and footwear for ease of movement.
Setting Up a Practice: The Basics for Spiritual Directors
Saturday, July 10, 2020 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
There are a lot of practical decisions spiritual directors need to make when beginning their ministry – from where to offer direction to whether and how to accept money – and each decision can have potential legal, ethical and tax ramifications. This helpful workshop will go over the basics of insurance, record-keeping, taxes and other practical issues to ensure that no matter which decisions you make, your ministry will be on solid footing.
Location: Grace Anglican Church, 325 Church Lane, Sewickley, PA 15143
Registration: Workshops may be taken individually or to‐ gether. $25/day. Online registration will open in May. Lunch included.
Monica Romig Green is a sought-after spiritual director, speaker and writer who draws on her extensive background in theatre and spiritual formation to create interactive experiences that bring people closer to God and one another. With degrees from Talbot School of Theology and Stanford University, Monica has co-written 10 small group spiritual formation studies for Grafted Life Ministries, including The Art of Spiritual Leadership and the Life with God series. From 2011 to 2016, she was the Founding Director of the Evangelical Spiritual Directors Association, an international support network of over 500 members. She currently lives in California with her husband, Matt, and chihuahua, Gomez. She worships in an Anglican church in the Diocese of Western Anglicans.