We need trusted traveling companions on this journey of life. We need to tell our stories and to listen to theirs so we can be enriched by the wisdom of the human experience. When we gather as a community of spiritual friends, we create a sacred space and open ourselves to God's transforming grace.
Is SoulJourners a program?
No, it's a process designed to help develop and deepen spiritual friendships. We all need trusted companions with whom we can share our life's journey. SoulJourners provides a structure for building and nurturing these relationships.
How large is a group?
Typically, there are six to eight people, including a facilitator. This group size gives sufficient opportunity for sharing and can be accommodated in a home setting.
What is distinctive about SoulJourners?
While there is a specific structure that guides the building of relationships when a group is formed, there is a great deal of flexibility about the group's study focus. Based on mutual interests for personal growth, the facilitator can suggest options: a book, a discussion theme, a spirituality focus. Participants choose the direction that most appeals to them.
Are you saying each SoulJourner group is unique?
Yes. One group differs from others because the relationships are distinctive to that particular group. Also each group has the autonomy to choose when and where it will meet. Most importantly, each group chooses its own study focus.
How often does a group meet?
Most groups meet once a month, which seems realistic for people with busy lives. The initial commitment is to meet five times. At the conclusion of five meetings, each person can decide if their needs are being met.
What is the time frame for a gathering of SoulJourners?
It can be anywhere from two to three hours, depending on whether the group shares a meal or refreshments. Again, each group shapes its own community life.
How do I learn more?
Nancy Lovely coordinates the SoulJourner experience at Church of the Holy Comforter. She received her master's degree in pastoral studies from Loyola University, Chicago, and has been facilitating SoulJourner groups since 1999. Contact the Nancy Lovely for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.