Graduate Certificate in Spiritual Direction
Here’s what it takes
Available to both in person and online students, this two year, 20-credit Spiritual Direction Program is anchored in scripture, grounded in hospitality, incarnational in nature, and deeply formational. The program invites you to go deeper into the life of the Spirit while preparing to facilitate this same attention to God in others. Attending to your personal and communal experience of God, you will develop an increased sensitivity to the movement of the Holy within yourself and your local and global communities.
“Spiritual direction encourages an honest look at what grace illumines. It affirms that God is in our lives and hearts and can be encountered” (Susan Phillips). Individual spiritual direction supports the on-going spiritual and psychological growth that is needed to become a spiritual director. As a student in the Spiritual Direction Graduate Certificate, you are required to receive monthly individual spiritual direction. (If you do not already have a spiritual director, we can give you contact information for several local spiritual directors. The fee for spiritual direction is contracted privately between the student and their spiritual director and is the responsibility of the student.)
Prerequisites for the Practicum Courses
Throughout the program, you will engage with the Formative Spirituality co-directors in a process of careful, mutual discernment to uncover your call and aptitude for the ministry of spiritual direction. Following are the prerequisites to the practicum courses:
- Clear background checks
- Understanding and signed acceptance of the Spiritual Directors International (SDI) Code of Ethics
- Letter of reference from your current spiritual director
- Satisfactory completion of Theory & Ethics of Spiritual Direction and 1 core course
- Interview with Formative Spirituality Co-directors
- Evidence of call and aptitude for the ministry of spiritual direction
- At least 1-year experience of receiving monthly spiritual direction
Students taking this program at a distance will join local students for class times using Zoom, a web-based meeting platform. Students may meet with directees in their own geographical area and will meet by Zoom with an approved supervisor at mutually-agreeable times. Distance students are required to attend the two on-site Wisdom Retreats. Arrangements and travel costs to the retreats are the responsibility of the student.
*Note: In response to the coronavirus, since March 2020 all in-person courses have transitioned to video-conference. Moravian College and Moravian Theological Seminary are in ongoing discussions about how and when it is safe to re-open campus to in-person instruction. For Fall 2020, our faculty are preparing for both possibilities: that campus will open and some courses will be held in-person and some online, or that campus will remain closed and all courses will be held online. No matter what the outcome will be, students can rest assured that they will be getting the personal instruction that they have come to expect from Moravian Seminary.
Wisdom School Retreats
In year 2 of the Spiritual Direction Certificate Program* the curriculum includes two 3-day retreat learning Wisdom School residencies (Fall and Spring) in addition to five required courses. Both Wisdom School residencies will be held at St Francis Center for Renewal in Bethlehem, PA. These Wisdom Schoo retreats integrate Moravian’s unique charism of inclusivity and community within a deep contemplative stream and the pedagogy of a Wisdom School. The two retreat residencies will be conducted in a Wisdom School format, with times of Centering Prayer and Body Movement interspersed with teaching and practice work, creating a Benedictine Rhythm of “ora et labora,” prayer and work. There is an additional fee charged to cover the retreat center accommodations.
*In year two of the Spiritual Direction Certificate Program, students in the 1-year Spiritual Direction Intensive Program join with the students in the 2-year program.