Congregation Based Spiritual DirectionHistorically, spiritual direction has occurred at the margins of religious communities, most often being offered outside the walls of local congregations. The Clergy Seminar Series in Congregation-Based Spiritual Direction is designed for parish ministers and other religious professionals who would like to place the practice of spiritual direction at the heart of congregational life. During each seminar session, we will explore paradigms for congregation-based spiritual direction—from brief individual spiritual direction to group spiritual direction and beyond.

Saint Anthony Park UCC
2129 Commonwealth Ave
St Paul, MN 55108

October 26-28, 2015
January 25-27, 2016
May 23-25, 2016

First Unitarian Universalist Church
1000 Blanton Ave
Richmond, VA 23221

October 23-25, 2017
February 5-7, 2018
April 23–25, 2018


$1500.00 for the entire series for registrations received prior to September 30, 2017. The fee is $1600.00 for registrations received after that date.


MidAmerica–UUA clergy receive a 20% discount. Use discount code CLERGYUUA when registering. For more information and to register, visit


The Clergy Seminar Series in Congregation-Based Spiritual Direction is a certificate program for religious professionals who seek to deepen connections among members of their community or congregational leadership. It is for people who long for deeper connections and desire to listen for spirit on behalf of the other. It is for people who want to learn a process that achieves that purpose.


In our world wide culture people long for deeper connections and relationships. Robert Wuthnow calls it practice oriented spirituality that helps the seeker find vocabulary for the ineffable. Spiritual Direction is a process deeply rooted on our theology of beloved community. In small group spiritual direction we experience the embodiment of religious community.


The purpose of spiritual direction is to observe the spirit at a work and to listen on behalf of one another. It is not to solve problems. In a congregational setting, brief spiritual direction is offered by clergy to individuals for a limited amount of time. Ongoing spiritual direction takes place in select small groups of 3 to 5 people and a leader/director/companion that meet regularly, no more than once a month.


We will meet three times for three days each time from October through May. These seminars will be a combination of didactic and practicum. Readings prior to the seminars will guide the discussions and reflections. In each seminar, time is spent in small groups practicing the arts of spiritual direction and peer supervision. Participants will convene their own local small groups after the first seminar. Participants will also have the opportunity to meet in peer supervision groups to reflect on their experiences offering individual and group spiritual direction.


  • To place the practice of individual and group spiritual direction within a congregational context.
  • To teach the process of short term individual and small group spiritual direction.
  • To understand the theology of beloved community in small group practice-oriented spirituality.
  • To create a peer group for the practice and supervision of individual and small group spirituality.
  • To listen for the spirit at work in our lives and work.

Cancellations before September 30, 2017 are subject to a nonrefundable administration fee of $75.00. Cancellations on or after October 1, 2017 will be refunded half the registration fee.

The Clergy Seminar Series in Congregation-Based Spiritual Direction meets three times each year for three successive days for a total of nine days.

  • 1:00 pm Didactic Session
  • 5:30 pm Dinner on Site
  • 6:30 pm Didactic Session
  • 8:00 pm Adjournment


  • 9:00 am Didactic Session
  • 12:00 pm Lunch on Your Own
  • 1:30 pm Small Group Spiritual Direction Theory & Practice
  • 5:00 pm Adjournment


  • 9:00 am Didactic Session
  • 12:00 pm Lunch on Your Own
  • 1:30 pm Congregational Case Studies
  • 4:30 pm Conclusion

Primary Reading

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