The Dream Keeper by Langston Hughes
Bring me all of your dreams,
Bring me all of your
That I may wrap them
In a blue cloud-cloth
Away from the too-rough fingers
Of the world.
what is spiritual direction?
What’s your experience of spirituality been like? Has it been life-giving, or were you raised with a faith that was heavy on rules and shame? How do you conceive the Divine – as a beloved lover or friend, or as a scorekeeper? Were you really into church as a child, but had to walk away from faith because of how institutions treated you? And what about justice? How does fighting for a better world fit into your prayer life? How do you integrate all that you are into your spiritual life?
Do these questions resonate with you? Maybe you’d like to explore them with someone. That’s what spiritual direction (also called spiritual accompaniment) is for – it is a process of deep listening, reflection and prayerful presence between the director, directee (aka you) and what we call the “third chair” – that is, God, the Divine, the Universe. You can bring all of those questions, whatever doubts or fears you may have about your faith, your wildest dreams and hopes – and we will work through them together. While I cannot provide answers, as a spiritual director trained by Still Harbor, I’m here to walk with you on your journey with the Divine, and provide a listening ear, a shoulder to cry on, and a friend to celebrate with you.
Who is this for?
Spiritual direction is for everyone- not just for clergy or devout folks. If you’re in the process of deconstructing your faith, spiritual direction can be immensely helpful. If you’re going through a vocational change, a spiritual director can help you sift through all of the emotions and questions that come up in that process. If you just want someone to check in with about how your walk with the Divine is going, spiritual direction is for you. In short, if you feel that you may benefit from this kind of ongoing accompaniment, I’m more than happy to journey with you. My practice centers queer and trans folks, particularly queer and trans folks of color, so if you belong to these communities, I’m especially excited to work with you.
I once described my spiritual background as a “winding, queer adventure full of joy”.
I come from a Roman Catholic upbringing, but left Christianity for over 10 years after coming out as queer in junior high. After years of spiritual seeking, I found a home in the Episcopal Church, where I’m discerning a call to ordained ministry. I often liken my spiritual journey to that of the story of Zaccheus, who had to climb a tree in order to see Jesus over the crowds blocking his view – I had to leave church for a while so that I could see God over the wall of people telling me that God didn’t love me as I was. As a spiritual director, I am here to walk with folks on their own journeys of finding God in their lives, wherever that may take them.
I am grounded foremost in my faith in a God that loves us beyond our wildest imagination. For me, that God is embodied in the person of Jesus Christ, and my faith finds its expression in the Anglican/Episcopal tradition of Christianity. My approach to spiritual direction is informed by the tradition of incarnational theology found within Anglicanism, the many streams of liberation theology, as well as queer spirituality. Although I operate from a Christian background, I work with clients of other faiths as well and take joy in understanding the many ways that the Divine speaks to humankind. I am trained by Still Harbor, a spiritual direction and facilitation collective with roots in the Boston area.
My spiritual direction practice is centered around:
- Wholeness – The space we’ll create together in our sessions is one where I hope you can bring your full self. You do not have to censor or compartmentalize yourself.
- Centering marginalized voices – As a queer, nonbinary Latinx/Latine person, I strive to make this practice anti-oppressive by committing to learning about experiences that differ from mine and uprooting expressions of unjust systems as they may arise in my practice.
- Accessibility – Spiritual direction is care work, and it should be available to everyone who could benefit from this process of reflection and compassionate presence. My sessions are offered on a sliding scale basis ($40-$75), but if those rates don’t work for you, I’m happy to work with you to find a rate that is accessible.
So you’re interested – what next?
If you’re feeling like spiritual direction is something you want in your walk with God, fill out this short form so that I can set up a free, initial consultation via Zoom or phone with you. I will get back to you within 24-48 hours.