Frequently Asked Questions
Who seeks spiritual direction?
People of all ages and backgrounds seek spiritual direction. Usually they come with questions. Sometimes they're at a crossroads, uncertain of the next step. Sometimes they hunger for more from life or from God but aren't sure what that looks like. Or they've outgrown prayer practices that once were meaningful, or have been through a painful experience that has shaken them to the core. Regardless of the questions that bring us, the practice of spiritual direction gives us an opportunity to ask our questions, to see with new eyes, to come as we are and find we are welcomed by someone who will listen with us for signs that God is present.
What happens in a spiritual direction session?
Each spiritual director will have a slightly different approach, but most will begin with prayer and stillness, asking God's Spirit to guide the conversation. Your specific life and faith situation will determine what's discussed. You may be asked to reflect about times when you've felt near to God, or to notice ways he might be reminding you that he is with you, or inviting you to something new. You may want to discuss scriptures that have resonated with you lately, or troubled you in some way. You may want to share a difficult situation and ask where God is in that. You life is your material. And your spiritual director, guided by the Holy Spirit, is a trusted traveling companion on your journey to deeper trust in Christ.
Why the name "epiphany new england?"
The word "epiphany" means "an illuminating moment of discovery or insight." Like a beam of sunlight through the clouds, it's suddenly an opportunity to see things in a new way. This occurs often in spiritual direction as we receive insights and clarity, or hear another perspective that we hadn't considered, or feel invited by God's Spirit to let go of past wounds, receive healing, or venture out onto new ground. We felt the name "ephiphany" enfolded the sense we have that God is doing something new here in New England and in our midst as a community of Christian spiritual directors. May his work continue, in us and around us.
“Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” Isaiah 43:19