Date: September 7, 2022
Did you know that we have resources for pastoral care and counseling at VTS?
This resource offers support and guidance to the VTS Community – yes, that means you- by offering opportunities to work with a spiritual director.
Spiritual direction differs from standard therapy because your personalized sessions are oriented with the focus of discerning God’s presence and the workings of the Holy Spirit in our lives. An example being, a concern you bring in your session with a spiritual director may be responded to with the question for you of: “how is God presenting in this situation?”
It is so easy to lose track of how God shows up every day, even while at a seminary! That is why VTS offers services to all in the VTS Community which includes: students, families, staff, and faculty. In the distraction and bustle of the day to day, one can find it easy to stop listening and looking for God. We all need someone to journey alongside us and to keep reminding us to look more deeply into ourselves and at our lives to hear the “still small voice” of God’s guidance. Having such a companion, who will remind you to ask yourself this question, creates amazing wisdom and insight in your life.
VTS subsidizes up to 8 sessions per year with a spiritual director. The orientation session is tomorrow, September 8th at 7:00 pm in Lettie Pate Evans Room. At this event, you can meet many spiritual directors who have a heart and willingness to serve the VTS community.
These are some things mentees have said about their directors;
“… helps me explore God’s presence, voice, and activity in my life …”
“…helped me recall exactly why I came to seminary and been a support to me in unstable times…”
“… how I am reacting and responding to God’s activity in my life…”
Feel free to reach out to me or Ms. Tamika Martin for more information about this incredible program. We hope to see you tomorrow.
Rev. Ruthanna Hooke, Ph.D.
Associate Dean of Students and Associate Professor of Homiletics