Message from the Founding Director
Dear Stillpoint Community,
As I write this letter for Stillpoint’s Fall Calendar it is high Summer in Las Vegas. Temperatures soar in the 100’s. It is hard to imagine cooler weather and shorter days. It is still harder to believe that Stillpoint ends its ninth year! Keats describing Fall as "a season of mists and mellow fruitfulness" invites a reflection on the mists and fruitfulness of Stillpoint’s nine years. It is easy to recall the mists of our beginnings, when God seduced us into a venture larger than we intended! Its fruitfulness is harder to measure, as the work of God with holy souls is deeply personal, not measureable.However, as we prepared this Fall Calendar I celebrated the fruitfulness of the ministry of Spiritual Direction at Stillpoint. Arriving in Las Vegas in Fall 1996, Spiritual Direction was virtually unknown in the town. The Spiritual Director, the Celtic Anam Chara, is an ancient spiritual direction relationship dating back to the early Desert Ammas and Abbas. On founding Stillpoint: Center for Spiritual Development, central to my vision was to grow this ministry. In 2010, ISDS, The Institute for Spiritual Direction at Stillpoint was established. Stillpoint developed and offered a two year intensive program for people discerning a call to become Spiritual Companions. Graduating fourteen people from six different Faith traditions was a day of great rejoicing. Six of those graduates engaged in the Advanced Formation Program over the past year. This Fall they will offer Spiritual Direction at Stillpoint. We truly can celebrate the Fruitfulness of this reality!
Spiritual Direction is born out of a universal human search for meaning, for a relationship with some One, other than oneself. It is a process and a journey by which one grows in compassionate relationship with Oneself, Others, Earth and with the Human Community. At Stillpoint, Spiritual Direction is primarily concerned with developing a deep and personal relationship with The Divine. In a confidential, safe, professional relationship one is companioned by a trained Spiritual Director, to reflect on the experiences of one’s daily life, for the purpose of recognizing in them, God’s presence, and grace, and call. The responsibility of the Spiritual Director is to tend to his/her own spiritual life by ongoing formation, spiritual direction and professional supervision. This Fall your desire for spiritual fruitfulness might nudge you to consider Spiritual Direction for your own journey?
Blessings for the journey!
- Please read our Spring 2013 message.
- Please read our Fall 2012 message.
- Please read our Fall 2011 message.
- Please read our Spring 2011 message.
- Please read our Fall 2010 message.
- Please read our Spring 2010 message.
- Please read our Fall 2009 message.
- Please read our Spring 2009 message.
- Please read our Fall 2008 message.
- Please read our Spring 2008 message.
- Please read our Spring 2007 message.
- Please read our Second Anniversary message from October, 2006.
- Please read our First Anniversary message from October, 2005
- Please read our Inaugural Welcome Letter from October, 2004.