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Holy Listening

The dioceses of Leicester and Peterborough will be running a course for the training of spiritual directors, beginning September 2016.
The course will cover core aspects of Christian spirituality, but also pay attention to how we create and hold that space and relationship which enables people to hear God speaking to and through their lives.
There will be some formal teaching, but learning will have a large experiential element and participants will be asked to share and work with their own concerns and experiences throughout the course. A willingness to do this is essential.
The course will run at Launde Abbey, and will be over two years, one Friday per month (9.45am – 4pm) with three residentials throughout the two years. A genuine commitment to attending all sessions of the course is required.
The individuals we are looking for to take part in this course will:
 be fully committed to the course
 be someone in whom people already confide
 be a good listener
 have an awareness of their own spiritual journey
 be open to the experience of other lives and Christian traditions that may be different to their own
 be receiving or willing to receive spiritual direction
 be willing to undertake a retreat if this is not a part of their on-going journey
The course is open to both laity and clergy.
All applicants will be interviewed in order to assess the appropriateness of the course for each, to discern the likelihood of this being a part of their future ministry and to create an overall balance of course membership. Places will be limited.