Metagem Institute: Spiritual Direction Certification Program

Online until COVID vaccine
Commences March 15
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Metagem Institute: Spiritual Direction Certification Program
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Online until COVID vaccine
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What: Metagem Institute, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, is now accepting applications for their two-year Spiritual Direction Certification Program.  Please consider if you or someone you know is a good candidate for this formation and pass along the invitation.

Who: Those who have a sense of call or curiosity around offering spiritual direction or spiritual companionship are invited to apply. (The program has involved participants from six states and six denominations.)

This program is open to laity and clergy.

When: 2021-2023 Cohort starts online coursework in March 2021 with the first intensive May 2021 and program completion in Feb 2023.

Where: Distance learning and 6 intensives in various locations:

  • *** Online intensives until there is a COVID-19 proven vaccine and/or treatment***
  • The Greater Huntsville, AL Area
  • The Greater Birmingham, AL Area
  • Camp McDowell in Nauvoo, AL
  • Potentially an East Tennessee Location in 2022

Spiritual Direction is a spiritual practice involving an intentional relationship for the purpose of cultivating greater depths of relationship with God, other people, all of creation, and the self.

The Holy Spirit is the Director.

The spiritual director offers attentiveness, holy listening, and guidance to another in order to strengthen and enliven the directee’s spiritual life, which enables:

  • Increased awareness of God’s presence
  • Greater responsiveness to God’s call
  • Transformation in intimacy with God
  • Growth in our risen life in Christ.
Applications due: 28-Feb-2021.
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What participants are saying:

“For me the Metagem program was a time of deepening and expanding my own spiritual journey, of thoughtful discernment, and of developing new ‘soul’ friends. I’m grateful for our weekends together at Camp McDowell. I’m even grateful for all the homework! And I’m grateful for a program that has led me to a new vocation. Thank you Metagem faculty and staff for taking good care of us. Your work is increasing access to spiritual direction.” ~ P.F.

“The Metagem Spiritual Direction Training is well designed with a wide variety of readings, recordings, practices, experiences, and presentation. Tremendous community and growth has been available to me through small, medium, and larger sized cohort gatherings.  I will forever treasure the tools, exercises, and lifelong network of spiritual companions from the experience.” ~ B.H.H.
“Participation in the Spiritual Direction program broadened my knowledge base and strengthened my faith. What I learned and experienced during my time in the program has been beneficial personally, professionally, and spiritually. Not to mention, I made friends I will have for a lifetime.”  ~ B.R.
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The Rev. Mary Catherine Akamatsu