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Retrieving the Ancient Practice of Spiritual Direction in an Age of Self-Help

Monday, Jul 10, 2017 at 7:30PM - 9:00 PM

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Over the course of the past several decades the North American Protestant church has been taking up and shaping the practice of Christian spiritual direction, a practice which flourished centuries ago in intentional religious communities. In our culture of emaciated community, spiritual direction offers companionship; in a time of fierce materialism, the practice focuses on the experience of faith; and in a climate of busyness and anxiety, the art of spiritual direction fosters contemplation. Our spiritual lives do not have to be wholly private, unexamined, and fueled by autonomous striving. Join us as we consider how the ancient practice of spiritual direction is God’s gift to us today.

This lecture is part of our 2017 Summer Evening Public Lecture series. 

Dr. Susan Phillips is the Executive Director of New College Berkeley in California and a perennially popular teacher in Regent's Summer Programs. As a sociologist and spiritual director, she teaches and speaks around the world, and regularly leads retreats for churches and clergy groups.

Dr. Phillips will be teaching the class "Spiritual Disciplines: Setting Our Hearts to Seek God" from July 10–14, 2017 as part of our 2017 Summer Programs. Learn more at

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Susan Phillips

Executive Director and Professor of Sociology and Christianity (New College Berkeley)

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