Exploring Faith Accompaniment 2020

January to June 2021: Blackburn Cathedral Conference Suite

Sponsored by The Anglican Diocese of Blackburn this 10-day foundation-level, non-denominational course seeks to…

  • Nurture deeper listening to and reflection on the movement of the Holy Spirit in ourselves and others in order to support the growth of discipleship
  • Explore the wisdom and insights of a range of Christian traditions of spiritual accompaniment
  • Grow a new generation of faith accompaniers with potential to serve the Church in a world living with and emerging from the challenges of Covid-19

What do we understand by ‘Spiritual Direction’?

Central to the encounter between spiritual director and directee is the sense of a shared journey towards a deeper, more focussed awareness and discernment of the call to faithful living and discipleship. As companion and accompanier, the spiritual director helps facilitate a listening and reflective trialogue between director, directee and the Holy Spirit.

How is the course delivered?

The course is designed to offer a balance of practical and reflective activity. Working in individual, small-group, and whole-group settings a range of learning approaches and resource materials and media will encourage participants to engage at different levels.
In a supportive, prayerful, non-judgemental and confidential learning environment the invitation is to work with a variety of experiences which aim to promote deepening awareness and insight.

What are the main elements of the Course Programme?

There are 4 strands of growth and formation which run through each session and across the whole course…

  1. Listening and Reflecting – building core skills and confidence in the practice of spiritual accompaniment
  2. Awareness of Self and Others– exploring, sharing and gaining insight from our experiences of the journey of life and faith
  3. Traditions and Themes – learning from the wisdom and experience of others
  4. Spiritual Engagement and Formation – the place of prayer, scripture, liturgy, sacrament and spiritual direction in sustaining our discipleship

The course assumes a desire to deepen one’s own journey with God and participants are expected to have (or be actively seeking) a spiritual director for themselves before the course commences.

Is there a form of course assessment?

This is a non-accredited course and completion does not in itself qualify participants to practise as spiritual directors but may confirm a call to this ministry. On completion course participants will receive a certificate of attendance and participation.

During the course, participants are encouraged to build up a non-assessed, peer-reviewed portfolio of resources that may be useful for the future.

Course Schedule:

The course will run between 10.00am and 3.30pm at the Blackburn Cathedral Conference Suite on the following Mondays…
January 18th February 1st & 15th March 8th & 22nd
April 12th & 26th May 10th & 24th June 7th

NB All health and safety procedures current at the time of the course will be in place to ensure that participants remain as Covid-safe as possible.

The course will be facilitated by a core group of experienced lay and ordained tutors supported by visiting speakers.

Participants will need to bring their own refreshments – including drinks – for the day. There are numerous local eateries including the cathedral’s own Checks and Greys.
On-site parking may be available. Blackburn bus and train stations are within walking distance of the cathedral campus.

What are the costs?

The total course-fee is £450 which can be paid in 2 instalments.
Financial support may be available through your own church and for those in Licensed Ministry in the Diocese of Blackburn funds may be available through the diocesan training budget.

Application form

The closing date is the 31st November 2020.

All applicants will be contacted by a member of the course team for an informal conversation prior to acceptance on the course.

Applications through this page will be forwarded to Rev’d Paul Payton
21, The Mews, Chapel Walk, Burnley BB12 8JF
Mob: 07866 696891

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