Listening ear offered by spiritual directors during Coronavirus pandemic
More than 30 spiritual directors have volunteered to offer their ministry via phone or other electronic communications methods to individuals who may be experiencing stress due to issues pertaining to the Coronavirus pandemic.
Experts have noted that as people are increasingly separated from their normal routine and with constant changes in daily activities, some may find it helpful to talk to a good listener. Experts also have noted connections between a person’s physical and spiritual health.
Spiritual direction is an ancient practice in which an individual can talk confidentially about their relationship with God to a person trained to listen deeply without judgment and without trying to solve problems. Often being able to talk about the issues they are facing yields a way forward for the individual.
While the ministry is often done in person, it also has been successful via phone or online methods for those in places where people are geographically distanced from a trained spiritual director. Hence, a network of spiritual directors based in Texas - but also in other locations - agreed to offer their ministry to anyone from any area during the Coronavirus crisis.
Individuals may include those who are self-isolating at home, those who have lost their jobs or had their hours decreased, caregivers, health care professionals, journalists, law enforcement officers, and government decision makers, for example.
The volunteer spiritual directors represent many of those same occupations, in fact, as well as some clergy.
To contact a volunteer, email the person to request a mutually agreeable time and method for contact such as phone, zoom, FaceTime or Skype. All conversations are confidential and under the ethics guidelines of Spiritual Directors International.
The effort was organized by FIND – School for Spiritual Direction and Formation, based in Bryan, Texas. It is an ecumenical school established by the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in 1997.
Contact Kathleen Phillips, 979-324-4302.
Volunteer Spiritual Directors
Jane Almquist, firstname.lastname@example.org
Scott Beachy, email@example.com
Sue Beall, firstname.lastname@example.org
Heidi Campbell, email@example.com
Clint Capers, firstname.lastname@example.org
Karen Courville, email@example.com
Kelli Davis, firstname.lastname@example.org
Vivian Dawkins, email@example.com
Sheila Gerth, firstname.lastname@example.org
Leslie Hay, email@example.com
Beth Hebert, firstname.lastname@example.org
Thom Holt, email@example.com
Dave Kerkes, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jeanne Knapp, email@example.com
Gail McCandless, firstname.lastname@example.org
Connie Merhley, email@example.com
Jean Moore, firstname.lastname@example.org
Phil Niemeyer, email@example.com
Bruce Norton, firstname.lastname@example.org
Kathleen Phillips, email@example.com
John Price, firstname.lastname@example.org
Anne Province, email@example.com
Kathy Reiter, Kathy.firstname.lastname@example.org
Kipp Richter, email@example.com
Gloria Rose, firstname.lastname@example.org
Linda Schmieg, email@example.com
Martha Schreffler, firstname.lastname@example.org
Betsy Sentigar, email@example.com
Roger Sessions, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jill Stavenhager, email@example.com
Lonny Tanel, firstname.lastname@example.org
Iris Villareal, email@example.com
Betty Waddell, firstname.lastname@example.org
George Warriner, email@example.com
Janice Watkins, firstname.lastname@example.org
Judy Webster, email@example.com