As a spiritual director, I spend the majority of my days listening with people for whispers of the holy. As a consultant and educator, I draw on traditional spiritual disciplines as well as new, creative practices to help churches integrate spirituality into their existing communal life and create new opportunities for growth and formation. I believe there are endless ways to listen for, and respond to, the movement of the Spirit in our lives. I help people and churches find new ways.
I believe that God is all about love and acceptance, can be found in the midst of almost anything, and appreciates irreverence. I’ve also noticed that God can occasionally have an irritating sense of humor, has been known to disappear without a trace, and can be disturbingly silent for long periods of time. Although I don’t have any solutions for these divine quirks, I do believe that conversations with others can help us learn to listen for God in new ways. And, when that doesn’t work, I believe in sitting with people and listening together to the divine silence.
I am also a preacher, teacher, retreat leader, and writer. After graduating from Hobart & William Smith Colleges with a degree in religious studies, I spent two years working in Christian Education at a Presbyterian Church and a Presbyterian Retreat Center. I got my M.Div at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, GA, married Adam, got a Masters of Theology from Princeton Seminary while Adam finished his graduate work, and then forced Adam to move to California so I could live on the West Coast and do a PhD program in Christian Spirituality.
While in California we got pregnant with twins, Micah and Judah, and then lost them when they were born prematurely and didn’t survive. We moved from California to Oregon when I was 8-months pregnant with Caleb (now two and a half) and lived there almost two years before Adam accepted a call as Associate Pastor at Winnetka Presbyterian Church in a suburb north of Chicago.
We’ve been in Chicago for almost a year; we’ve survived Chiberia (the coldest winter in the history of forever), and I’ve withdrawn from the PhD program after completing my comprehensive exams and realizing I’d rather be doing ministry than writing a dissertation.
So now I’m reading more novels, writing about spirituality, spending more time chasing Caleb, growing my spiritual direction practice, working very part-time as Church School Coordinator at the Winnetka Congregational Church, and looking for an ordained ministry position (or at least some more full-time meaningful work).
If you’re looking to learn more about spiritual direction, start here. If you’d like to make an appointment with me or learn more, you can email me at direction.swc at gmail dot com or fill out this form. I’d love to hear from you.