Down the Rabbit Hole: The Wonderland of Spiritual Direction

Photo Credit: Tina Tarnoff 2014

Audience:  Statewide Gathering of Spiritual Directors

Presentation Description:  We can learn a great deal about ourselves from children and from children’s literature.  Using the Lewis Carroll story Alice in Wonderland we will consider some of the qualities that can support us on the spiritual journey.

The presentation will begin with some input on what is a spiritual journey and what it means to be a spiritual director.  Then we will consider three qualities that Alice can teach us – the gift of curiosity, the willingness to be messy, and the sheer grace of courage. Our time together will include input, some quiet reflection, and sharing with one another.

Dates:  Thursday Evening April 4th-Friday April 5th, 2019

Times:  Thursday Evening:  Dinner, Film and Conversation with Lucy Abbott Tucker from 5:30-8:30PM
Friday Workshop with Lucy:  8:30AM – 5:00PM

Location:  First Christian Church, 2500 University Ave, Des Moines, IA 50311

Cost:  Thursday and Friday:  $150,  Friday only:  $100

Presenter:  Lucy Abbott Tucker

Bio: Lucy Abbott Tucker has worked in adult formation and the preparation of people for the ministry of spiritual direction for the past thirty-six years. With an initial background in mathematics and education in 1983 she moved from New York to Chicago and studied at the Institute for Spiritual Leadership and Catholic Theological Union, Chicago.  She obtained a Masters Degree in Theology.  She worked for many years at the Institute for Spiritual Leadership in Chicago including the position of Executive Director and later served as President of the Board of Directors for that organization.  Lucy has been active in the work of Spiritual Directors International, serving on the first Coordinating Council and chairing the initial committee that prepared the Guidelines for Ethical Conduct endorsed by Spiritual Directors International.  She also worked on the recent revisions of that document.  She is a frequent presenter at the annual meetings of Spiritual Directors International.  In addition to her ministry as a spiritual director and supervisor Lucy currently teaches at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago and works in training programs preparing people for the ministry of spiritual direction in the United States, Europe, Australia, and Canada.  Lucy has also published several articles on adult formation and the ministry of spiritual direction.

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