UU Spiritual Direction Network
Why Seek Spiritual Direction?
Perhaps you notice an awakening of the Spirit and want to explore this mystery.
Perhaps prayer and meditation have been enduring practices, and a deepening is desired.
Perhaps you face a growing edge.
Perhaps you have questions about life's purpose.
The members of the Unitarian Universalist Spiritual Direction Network are professionals in spiritual direction. We are ordained and lay ministers who have earned credentials through formal spiritual direction training programs. We expect our members to adhere to the ethical guidelines for Spiritual Direction and to be a member of (at least one of) UUMA/UUSCM/LREDA/AUUMM.
Our spiritual wellsprings are Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, Pagan, Theist, Humanist and more. Guided by the practices of spiritual direction from a variety of religious traditions, we work with others, companioning and witnessing to their sacred stories and grace-filled moments. Spiritual direction guides and companions customarily meet with others one-on-one or in small groups on a regular basis.
For more information on individual or group spiritual direction, to locate a UUSDN member, and to begin the process, please see the page of questions to consider when choosing a spiritual guide or companion, then browse our Directory of Members sorted geographically or alphabetically.
Spiritual Direction seeks to serve persons of all economic situations. Because spiritual guides and companions make their living from this work, an honorarium is requested. Many guides/companions offer pay-from-the-heart or sliding scales. ALWAYS ASK! Amounts ranging from $50-$150 for individual meetings, depending on geo-region, training, and need, are typical. We urge you to find an arrangement that feels ethical and encourages reciprocity in right relationship.
We require UUSDN members to participate in formal supervision. We list the type of supervision on each listing: peer group or individual.
Members: If you do not have access to a local supervisor, click HERE for supervisors.
The object of spiritual direction is to cultivate one's ability to discern God's presence in one's life: to notice and appreciate moments of holiness, to maintain an awareness of the interconnectedness of all things, to explore ways to be open to the Blessed Holy One in challenging and difficult moments as well as in joyful ones.— Rabbi Jacob Staub
We require members of UUSDN to have completed training and to have engaged in a formation process to establish a baseline of ethical and skillful professionalism. The vocation does not yet have an accrediting body so UUSDN has established these criteria. (revised February 18, 2021)
Training: (RECOMMENDED SCHOOLS)
At least 180 classroom hours (in program or with program plus continuing education)
Some in-person didactic (e.g., not entirely online/asynchronous.)
Training includes two or more leaders/teachers, who have several years of experience as professionals in spiritual direction and/or supervision training.
Program is accountable to a religious organization or academic institution and/or has ongoing oversight from a board of directors (where that board contains professional spiritual directors.)
Training in a spiritual direction program and/or continuing education over a period of at least 18 months
At least 2 years participation in individual spiritual direction
Commitment to continue receiving spiritual direction
At least 18 supervised seeker-hours working with at least 2 different seekers over at least 6 months
Commitment to continue in supervision
We will look at the program description for your training on their website, or you can ask a program representative to send us their description. You can testify to meeting the remainder of the criteria (we trust you), you can meet with a member of the coordinating committee to talk about it, or you can ask an existing member of UUSDN to testify to your meeting the criteria. If you are not sure how to go forward, please contact a member of the coordinating committee: