Spiritual Directors International will meet in Toronto, Canada, April 20-28, 2017. This is a rare opportunity for us to gather in Canada with people from all over the world who are involved in spiritual direction and related fields of ministry and work. For more information see:
KATHY ROY accompanies others on the spiritual journey as a Life Coach, Speaker, Facilitator and Spiritual Guide. Kathy is ordained as an Interfaith/Interspiritual Minister with a keen interest in studying the mystical heart of the world’s faith traditions.
Contemplative Pathways Adjunct Staff:
CATHERINE SMITH is passionate about nourishing lives permeable to the Spirit. She delights in gathering groups and accompanying individuals in practices that tend a contemplative way. Catherine is ordained in the United Church of Canada and a graduate of Shalem’s: Transforming Community: Leading Prayer Groups and Contemplative Retreats. She lives in Sackville NB.
Contemplative Pathways Senior Associates:
MARILYN BURRELL Since completing the program in 1998, Marilyn has felt herself called to an ever-deepening life of prayer and contemplative living. She considers it a great privilege to accompany others as they explore their own spiritual truth. A United Church layperson, Marilyn lives in Sackville, NB.
CHARLOTTE CAMPBELL is passionate about her love of the earth, is committed to living more gently on it, and is dedicated to seeking reconciliation with Indigenous peoples and with the land we share. She has been offering individual and group spiritual accompaniment for over 10 years. Charlotte is a United Church layperson living at beautiful Lake George, New Brunswick.
DON MACDOUGALL (founder of Contemplative Pathways, formerly called the Atlantic Jubilee Program in Spiritual Deepening and Spiritual Guidance) is a facilitator and teacher, grounded in spiritual formation and guidance in the contemplative tradition, and is a retired United Church minister.
- We are rooted in the Christian tradition and appreciative and open to other spiritual traditions.
- We value the gifts of regular spiritual practice to enable contemplative presence.
- We are rooted in Contemplative Spirituality. We value creative and traditional ways of following the contemplative pathways which express our attempt to be open, available and responsive to the Sacred in every moment/experience.
- We recognize and celebrate the fact that community is an essential aspect of our program both in terms of learning and support. We promote the leadership community, the participant community and the community of the whole.
- We value the diversity of experience and spiritual traditions participants already have with God.
- We value spiritual guidance as a way of assisting us to notice and respond to God’s presence in our lives.
- We recognize the Sacred as active and present in all of life, we live relationship with God in the real circumstances of our lives to bring love, peace and justice into the world.
- We value the transformative power of contemplative education and learning. We seek to ground learning from individual and collective experience, using the Tatamagouche model, a praxis mode of education that begins with human experience, identifies key features, analyzes and generalizes in order to inform new understanding that shapes more just and loving action in the world.
Why Contemplative Pathways?
Human life is by nature a spiritual journey from birth to death. We are challenged by God throughout life to join in the creative possibilities of our lives and times. We are invited by God to be co-creative with God in the future of ourselves, the human race, and the earth community. This requires of us a willingness to open, deepen, and be responsive to God in the present moment.
This is a simple invitation and can be a simple response. It is not easy to do, however, especially on one’s own. There is much in us and between us which resists the creative energy at the heart of life and creation. We can cause many problems for ourselves, and difficulties for others and the planet, to the degree we attempt to make this journey alone, in our own self-centeredness. This needs to be a journey made in community, along with God and others in our planetary home.
We need each other to help us be and act more authentically, and we need spiritual practices, routines of reverence, to help us remember what we want to be about, and to have the courage to persist in it.