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Are you interested in this program?

Deadlines are due the 2nd Wednesday of August. 


Contact StSW program director



Submit a 2-3 page personal essay regarding your current spiritual journey and your desire to explore the ministry of spiritual direction

Please submit essays to: and



Submit a reference form (from a spiritual leader or clergy you work with) and a letter of recommendation. 

Please submit references and recommendations to: and

Each applicant will be expected to have a one-on-one interview with a StSW faculty member. 
A background check will be required for all persons admitted to the program. 

Certificate of Program Completion

 Each participant must complete the following:

Required readings and reading reflection papers

Assigned papers during the 3-year process

Practicum of giving and receiving spiritual direction

Practicum supervision

Participation in all scheduled in-person retreats 

Suggested Readings

Prior to taking the course, we recommend the following readings

I Thought It Was Just Me (But It Isn’t)

by Brene Brown 


Centering Prayer and Awakening

by Cynthia Bouregeault 

A General Theory of Love

by Thomas Lewis, M.D.,

Fari Amini M.D.,

Richard Lannon M.D. 

Sabbath As Resistance

(Saying No To the Culture of Now)

by Walter Brueggemann 

And for the brave, we  highly recommend:

The Living God and the Fulness of Life

by Jürgen Moltmann


Death of the Mythic God

by Jim Marion 

Integral Christianity

by Paul Smith 

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