Yost, Rev. Connie

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Portland, OR | www.connieyost.com | phone

cyost@uuma.org | 503-385-2135 |

Institute in Retreat and Spiritual Direction, Archdiocesan Spirituality Center, Los Angeles, 2003-2005

Individual, monthly

As a spiritual director I do not really “direct,” but listen and encourage you to draw closer to

Spirit in the way it manifests for you. In my ministry work I have found that most of us do not

have an opportunity to be truly heard – without judgment or fear of consequences. I value the

sacred in each person’s journey and seek to help you discover more of what brings you joy and

peace, while being present with you in painful moments. I have experienced firsthand the healing

and growth that can occur when your spirit is supported, nurtured and loved. I consider myself

“interspiritual” and supportive of all spiritual paths including humanist, atheist and “I don’t

know.” I know how important it is to have a spiritual practice in which you can feel held when

the going gets very tough in your own life and/or in the world. My own spiritual practices

include journal writing, music, drawing and painting, silence, gardening, travel and time in

nature.

I have been blessed by having a rich ministry in which I have been present for the sick and dying

as a hospital and hospice chaplain, with those on the margins (young, old, disabled, poor,

immigrant) through my nonprofit and activist work. I understand how important it is to feed all

aspects of ourselves through a balance of action and contemplation.

As a minister, spiritual director, entrepreneur and advocate for the poor, I have been deeply

influenced by the words and works of Dorothy Day who asks: “The greatest challenge of the

day is: how to bring about a revolution of the heart, a revolution which has to start with each one

of us?”

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