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Elms College to Host Spiritual Direction Event on April 6

HOLYOKE — Elms College will host a day of reflection titled “What Is Spiritual Direction? Is It for Me?” on Saturday, April 6 from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Decice Hall at the Marian Center, located at 1365 Northampton St. in Holyoke.

The event will include an introduction to what spiritual direction is (and what it is not), some exploration of different ways to be with God in prayer, reflection on each participant’s own sacred story, discussion of several approaches to spiritual direction, and time for both shared and personal prayer.

“This day of reflection is for people who been yearning for a deeper spiritual life, for meaning and direction in their lives, to feel closer to God, to find out what God desires for them, to explore their sacred stories in their daily lives, to find companionship on their spiritual journeys, and for a deeper prayer life,” said Virginia Collins-English, a certified spiritual director, retreat director, writer, and psychotherapist who will lead the day of reflection.

All are welcome, including those who are ‘spiritual but not religious,’ those who feel marginalized by the church, and those of all faiths.

Sponsored by the Religious Studies Department and the Institute for Theology and Pastoral Studies at Elms, this event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. To register, call (413) 265-2575 or e-mail [email protected]. Attendees should bring a bag lunch. Beverages and dessert will be provided.

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