After two decades as a parish priest, my focus has shifted to less institutional pursuits such as spiritual direction, retreats and workshops...
The religious quest continues to fascinate me, especially in its non-traditional manifestations. As institutional religion slowly loses its grip on the western polis, the spiritual energy at the core of the human psyche is bubbling up in all sorts of ways….both outside and inside traditional religious structures.
Religion in its traditional forms may be breaking down, but our human sense of mystery remains intact and many are seeking new spiritual forms that grounded in mysticism, community, and service. If you are on that kind of journey, I may be able to help you.
I've spent more than a decade offering spiritual direction to a variety of people -- clergy, those training to be clergy, and lots of ordinary folks. As an Episcopal priest, I know the religious journey well. In addition, my analytic training and personal spiritual journey have opened me to many non-traditional – though often ancient -- practices. When psyche presents one with images and paths that diverge from the path one has embraced consciously, it would be foolish not to attend to the possibilities those images open, and I’ve sought to do exactly that.
Knowing mainstream western religion from the inside, I recognize its flaws readily, but I also see much that continues to inspire me. This is especially true of my little corner of Christendom – Anglicanism and the Episcopal Church – which has been socially progressive in recent decades, seeks to hold the tension of opposites, and has an ancient yet living spiritual tradition.
Because I know the Christian tradition well – before becoming an Episcopalian, I spent five years, in a Roman Catholic religious order – I feel able to draw on the healthiest parts of the tradition. Yet, because I am at heart an analyst, and by training and disposition, radically open to the psyche and its experience, I’m also able, and eager, to honor and discern those new things “God” is doing in our midst.
After 20 years of parish ministry, I've stepped aside from leadership responsibilities within the institutional church. This will give me more time not only to offer spiritual direction but also to develop some creative retreats and workshops that draw on ancient tradition as well as the insights of Jung and the psychoanalytic tradition.
If these possibilities and ideas interest you, please be in touch.