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About Keepers of the Flame

Keepers of the Flame is an online blog which aims to provide a space for WellSpring spiritual directors to have extended conversations around their understanding and practice in the art of spiritual direction.

The advantage of an online forum like this is that you can access it at a time and place that is convenient for you. This blog will be a “closed group” meaning it will only be accessible by those who’ve been approved by WellSpring as “spiritual directors”.

It will involve excerpts and reflective questions arising from a specific book relevant to the ministry of spiritual direction.

The group will begin on 24 April 2017.

Engaging in the Conversation

The purpose of the blog is “conversation”, which means it is of most benefit when each of us ‘logs-in’ and writes something from our own understanding and experience.  You can of course simply read the book and answer the questions in your own journal, but this may not be as fruitful as engaging in an online discussion with your fellow spiritual directors.  As the facilitator of this conversation, I will put up the material and questions, I might pose more questions from your responses, but no one will be there to judge or criticise anyone else’s practice.

Online Discussion Guidelines

(adapted from Monasteries of the Heart)

In order to encourage discussions that are meaningful, free and open, we request that you review and adopt the following guidelines when you post comments on the “Keepers of the Flame” Blog. We want this to be a safe place for you. Should anyone post comments that are unkind, inappropriate or hurtful, we reserve the right to intervene, to delete any post or to block an individual from the website.

  1. Always speak for yourself, using the “I” voice. Please let your comments be guided by the ideas and insights that others share as well as contributing your own ideas and insights to the questions or reflections.
  2. “Listen” is the key word in our ministry. Please don’t feel you need respond to every comment. Listen to what others say and respond at appropriate intervals. Try not to monopolize the conversation.
  3. Be brief. Please avoid using this discussion as a chat room. Try to keep your comments to three paragraphs or less. Research shows that the biggest barriers to online participation are long paragraphs and lack of time to follow a long conversation.
  4. Our discussion is a multifaith/interspiritual experience committed to respecting all views and religious and spiritual traditions. While it is appropriate to share how meaningful your tradition or point of view is to you, in light of our ministry and values, it is not appropriate to try to convert another to it or to denigrate the experience of others. Nor is it appropriate to generalise about any faith tradition as all traditions are made up of many different kinds of people and have branches and internal divisions.
  5. Finally, have fun! Enjoy the diversity of experiences and backgrounds of your spiritual companions. And add your own voice to the mix. Sometimes the things we think we have nothing to say about will reveal what we need to know. Experiment with your level of participation but please consider participating. You are a welcome part of this wonderful adventure. Enjoy the ride with us.

Keepers of the Flame