Select articles from past issues of Presence are available for download in PDF format.
The goal of Presence is to identify current trends in the field of spiritual direction, to provide background and resources for spiritual directors as well as others interested in the ministry and service of spiritual direction, and to look ahead at what might be developing in the future.
Presence articles cover a wide range of topics. Some recently published subjects include: "Generational Ministry," "The Effects of Trauma on a Person's Faith Journey," "Guiding the Spiritual but Not Religious," "Cross-Cultural Spiritual Direction," and interviews with spiritual leaders.
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Presence: Volume 22
Van Ness, Becky. "Buddhist Wisdom for Christian Spiritual Directors." Volume 22.4
Presence: Volume 22
Mitchell, Glenn. "Wendell Berry: The Gift of Place and the Work of Spiritual Direction." Volume 22.2
Presence: Volume 21
Brown, Valerie. "Pilgrim’s Call: A Guide for Spiritual Directors." Volume 21.4
Colozzi, Linda. "New Life for Elders: Spiritual Direction in a Nursing Home." Volume 21.3
Ellmann, Liz Budd. "Seeking God Everywhere and Always: Ten Trends in Global Spiritual Direction." Volume 21.3
Kogstad, Ellen. "The Poor and Spiritual Direction." Volume 21.2
Presence: Volume 20
Tindall, Suzanne. "Images of Interfaith Meditation and Spiritual Direction." Volume 20.3
Valusek, Jay. "Can There Be Spiritual Direction Without God?" Volume 20.4
Presence: Volume 17
Angelica, Jade. "A Call to Direction." Volume 17.1
Presence: Volume 16
Muldoon, Mark. "Time and Spiritual Direction." Volume 16.4
Au, Wilkie. "The Ignatian Method: A Way of Proceeding." Volume 16.3
Boileau, Richard. "Spiritual Transformation through Transcending Loss." Volume 16.3
Barton, Ruth Haley. "Spiritual Direction with Pastoral and Corporate Leaders." Volume 16.2
Presence: Volume 15
Groff, Kent Ira. "Writing in the Dark to Love: Using a Pen as a Tool in Spiritual Companioning." Volume 15.1
Presence: Volume 14
Moore, Mary Sharon. "Listening the Other into Free Speech." Volume 14.1
Presence: Volume 13
Nolen, Kenneth L. and Harper, Julie. "Integrating Work and Spirit: Spiritual Direction and the Orlando Regional Healthcare." Volume 13.2
Presence: Volume 10
"A Conversation with Richard Rohr, OFM." Volume 10.3
Presence: Volume 8
Scofield, Mary Ann. "Friends of God and Prophets." Volume 8.3
Presence: Volume 7
Ellmann, Liz Budd. "Tending to Spirituality in the Workplace." Volume 7.2
Presence: Volume 4
Vennard, Jane E. "The Compassionate Observer: An Experiential Model for Formation." Volume 4.3
Presence: Volume 1
Keegan, James. "To Bring All Things Together." Volume 1.1