SEEKING IN THE COMPANY OF OTHERS:
THE WISDOM OF GROUP SPIRITUAL DIRECTION
Thursday, January 27th, 12:00-1:15pm
On Thursday, January 27, Noon-1:15, we will gather to explore the value of group spiritual direction for rabbis, lay leadership and congregants.
Spiritual Director, Author* and Psychologist Dr. Roslyn Weiner and Rabbi Neil Kominsky will introduce us to Spiritual Direction focused on its practice with groups of participants. They will invite us to see the practice as enhancing our capacity to notice the sacred elements of everyday life. We will learn how Dr. Weiner has refined the practice (respecting its origin in the Christian tradition) to identify its universal and very Jewish appeal.
Participants will hear and experience:
Dr. Weiner’s journey—psychologist, spiritual director, teacher, and author.
Rabbi Kominsky’s experience as a long-time participant in a spiritual direction group.
What is “deep listening?”
Why use the word “God” as a place-holder?
Description of the 6 components of a group spiritual direction meeting.
A brief personal taste of the process.
Opportunity for Q & A.
*Seeking in The Company of Others: The Wisdom of Group Spiritual Direction, SDI Press, 2021
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Rabbi Neil Kominsky was ordained at the HUC-JIR in Cincinnati in 1970. He served for 38 years in the active rabbinate as a congregational and campus rabbi, retiring in 2008. He is Rabbi Emeritus of Temple Emanuel of the Merrimack Valley in Lowell, MA, and Jewish Chaplain Emeritus of Phillips Academy, Andover. He has been a participant in an ongoing spiritual direction group with Dr. Weiner since 2007.
Roslyn G. Weiner, PhD, STM, a spiritual director and psychologist, has been leading spiritual direction groups and accompanying individuals for nearly two decades. She communicates her passion for the practice of spiritual direction through writing and teaching, but primarily by listening closely for the sacred whisperings within her own soul and the souls of those who invite her to witness their seeking. A member of Temple Emanuel of Newton and the Jewish Community of Amherst MA, she received a PhD in psychology from Yale University and an STM degree from the School of Theology, Boston University.