Wednesdays, April 26 - May 31
6:30 - 8:00 PM
Course Fee: $125 Includes All 6 Classes
Develop Your Own Spiritual Philosophy
Interfaith spiritual direction is the exploration and development of one’s spirit or philosophy. In this approach, the spiritual director is a witness and partner with people searching for deeper meaning in their lives by asking probing questions and offering exercises to uncover the innate wisdom of clients in understanding their spirituality or philosophy. Some call this soul work, others refer to it as seeking their higher selves. For those who have relinquished the religious traditions of their youth, it may mean a search for a relevant spiritual practice. Agnostics and atheists may use it to seek clarity on their own moral philosophy. Those practicing a religion may use it to deepen or widen their faith.
The Class Offering
Over 6 weeks, through meditation, poetry and readings from different spiritual traditions we will converse and companion each other in exploring our personal belief system and how it impacts our lives. What does it mean to have faith and to be spiritual no matter what we believe or whether we currently have a religious affiliation? Do we have a personal theology or philosophy that brings us joy, peace and solace during difficult times?
- Session 1: Introduction to spiritual direction. What does it mean to have faith, to be spiritual?
- Session 2: Where did we begin? Rediscovering our authentic self.
- Session 3: Obstacles along the way. How have the spiritual traditions of our youth affected us?
- Session 4: A new beginning. What is here now, seeking to be known?
- Session 5: A personal theology. What would that look like?
- Session 6: Practices to continue the conversation/journey.
Your Instructor: Juliana Perez
Juliana has been leading mindfulness meditation, spiritual and grief groups in the Seattle area for over 20 years. In addition to having a master’s degree in social work (MSW), Juliana received a certification in Interfaith Spiritual Direction from the Chaplaincy Institute, an interfaith seminary, in Berkeley. This inclusive education allows her to work with any individual, no matter what religious, spiritual or nonspiritual (atheist or agnostic) affiliation, on matters related to their search for greater understanding and meaning in their lives.
Juliana Perez, MSW
Interfaith Spiritual Direction