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Cloud Walk Ministries

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Cloud Walk has spent the past 17 years creating experiences to be used as a catalyst to ongoing formation and spiritual growth. The ThinSpace Podcast is a new way for this ministry to share with the community what God has so generously shared with them. The desire for the ThinSpace Podcast is to not simply fill some space, but to help you create a space where you will experience true intimacy with God. We believe from past experiences with friends at Cloud Walk that the ThinSpace Podcast is ...
 
Practical meditations, reflections and contemplative prompts to support your daily adventure of walking the mystical path. Via Mystica is Latin for "the Mystical Way" but you could also translate it as "the Way of Mystery." It embodies my sense that mysticism is a path, a way of life, a journey toward the greatest of goals: union with God. The meditations and exercises presented here are intended to be support for you as your travel your own unique path into the heart of God: your own unique ...
 
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SDI - The Home of Spiritual Companionship

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What are the big questions in your life? Where are you on the spiritual journey? Do you have people in your life who listen to your deepest questions, with contemplative presence and compassion? SDI Creative Director Matt Whitney hosts conversations on spiritual direction, guidance, contemplation, and community. This podcast offers a wide range of perspectives, stories, and conversations about the contemplative, healing modality of spiritual companionship, across a wide range of religious tr ...
 
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In this episode hosts Jody Green, Larry Green, and Evan Chasteen speak with Carl McColman about his latest book, Eternal Heart: The Mystical Path to a Joyful Life. Purchase Carl's book: https://www.amazon.com/Eternal-Heart-Mystical-Path-Joyful-Life/dp/1506464610 Listen to Carl's Podcast, Encountering Silence: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/e…
 
New York Times bestselling author Nikki Grimes is the recipient of the 2020 ALAN Award for outstanding contributions to young adult literature, the 2017 Children's Literature Legacy Award, the 2016 Virginia Hamilton Literary Award, and the 2006 NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children. Her distinguished works include the much-honored books …
 
“Stand by the roads, and look, and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is; and walk in it, and find rest for your souls.” -Jeremiah 6:16 In this episode Richard Roberts discusses Celtic spirituality and points us toward unity within the church. Purchase Richard's book, Cultivating God's Presence: Renewing ancient practices for today's chu…
 
In this week's episode, SDI Creative Director Matt Whitney speaks with SDI Executive Director Rev. SeiFu about our 2022 conference theme, Engage: Companionship to Heal our Fractured World. From now until October 5th, those who register for Engage 2022 can save $200 with our Super Early Bird special. This offer is valid for both in-person and online…
 
In this episode, Matt Whitney and Karen Erlichman discuss the supervision process for spiritual directors and companions. Karen writes, "Supervision is a client-centered, covenanted relationship that empowers the supervisee’s spiritual and vocational life by exploring the interior movements that arise while companioning others. Different faith trad…
 
“Stand by the roads, and look, and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is; and walk in it, and find rest for your souls.” -Jeremiah 6:16 In this episode Richard Roberts discusses his journey through the streams of Christianity and his experience with looking to the ancient paths as guides. Purchase Richard's book, Cultivating God's Presen…
 
In this week's episode, SDI's Director of Content & Communities, Steven Crandell, chats with contemplative author and mystic Carl McColman about their upcoming webinar series Christian Mystics and Spiritual Companionship – Wisdom Teaching for Those Who Hold Space. This 4-part series begins on September 9 and runs through September 30, 2021. For all…
 
Dr. Amy Frykholm is an American writer whose five books of non-fiction have covered the territory of American religion from apocalypticists to saints. She is an award-winning writer and senior editor for the magazine The Christian Century, appears frequently on television and radio programs as an expert in American religion, and has lectured widely…
 
In this week's episode, SDI Creative Director Matt Whitney speaks with spiritual director Teresa Blythe, on her extraordinary journey following her calling from radio news anchor to full time spiritual director. SDI members can read about her experience in the article "Feeling the Call of Deep Listening - 3 Stories" in the August 2021 issue of Conn…
 
In this week's episode, SDI Creative Director Matt Whitney speaks with Evan J. Miller, on the topic of Leadership and Spirituality. His article entitled Leaning into Letting Go: Leadership as a Path on the Spiritual Journey can be found in the June 2021 issue of Presence Journal. A video version of this podcast is included as a bonus on the enhance…
 
In today's episode, Creative Director Matt Whitney continues his podcast series entitled "My Boss is a Zen Priest". Matt speaks with SDI Executive Director Reverend SeiFu about the Zen Buddhist practice of Zazen. Zazen, or seated meditation, is a contemplative practice used to still our mind, ground ourselves, and allow ourselves to connect deeply …
 
In this week’s episode, Creative Director Matt Whitney speaks with Imam Jamal Rahman, about their July 2021 webinar series “The Fragrance of the Beloved”, built upon new revealings and discoveries in the poetry of Rumi, through the lens of spiritual companionship. In the truest tradition of spiritual directors and spiritual companions, Rumi asks op…
 
In this week’s episode, SDI’s Creative Director Matt Whitney poses a variety of questions to SDI’s Coordinating Council in a special “State of SDI” gathering, which was recorded during our Renaissance 2021 Conference from April of this year. The Coordinating Council (Board of Directors) is the governing body of Spiritual Directors International. Wi…
 
DR. KEVIN QUASHIE is a professor of English at Brown University. He is the author of The Sovereignty of Quiet: Beyond Resistance in Black Culture and Black Women, Identity, and Cultural Theory: (Un)Becoming the Subject. Silence often denotes something that is suppressed or repressed, and is an interiority that is about withholding, absence, and sti…
 
In this episode Boyd and Rita Bailey share personal stories of encountering the love of Jesus in silence and their appreciation for the different streams within Christianity using the story of Jesus feeding the 5,000 as an example. Sign up for Wisdom Hunters daily devotional: https://www.wisdomhunters.com/ Learn more about the National Christian Fo…
 
In this week's episode, we hear from our New Contemplatives. The New Contemplatives Initiative is a container of vocational support and development opportunities for emerging spiritual companions in their first half of life. New Contemplatives enrich the SDI community with new forms and paradigms of spiritual care, bringing their voices to the cent…
 
In this week's episode, we hear from our New Contemplatives. The New Contemplatives Initiative is a container of vocational support and development opportunities for emerging spiritual companions in their first half of life. New Contemplatives enrich the SDI community with new forms and paradigms of spiritual care, bringing their voices to the cent…
 
MAISIE SPARKS is an author, speaker, spiritual director, and retreat facilitator. Her books include Christmas Quiet, 151 Things God Can't Do, 101 Things the Devil Can’t Do, and Holy Shakespeare: 101 Scriptures That Appear in Shakespeare’s Plays, Poems and Sonnets. She is an active member of the Spiritual Directors of Color Network, and her essays h…
 
In this episode Evan Chasteen, Jody Green and Larry Green discuss how God has been transforming their hearts personally this past year in the midst of what seems like a growing disunity within our country, Church and communities. Luke 5:43-45 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemi…
 
We are very excited about the new "feast" of experiences and resources SDI has on offer for spiritual directors and spiritual companions. And we wanted to invite our community to partake of this feast. Thus, "The Invitation Sale" was born. 10 percent off everything in the SDI Store. For 5 days. Please consider this your invitation to join us at our…
 
In this week's episode, SDI's creative director Matt Whitney chats with Marian Sorensen, an English spiritual companion based out of Ibiza, Spain. Marian uses a holistic approach to her integrative practice, which includes the modalities of spiritual direction, holistic health coaching, and life coaching. You can find out more about Marian at her w…
 
Traditionally, on the last day of an SDI Annual Conference, our Executive Director Reverend SeiFu Anil Singh-Molares will deliver something of an Annual Report, going over the finances and operations of our non-profit organization. Afterwards there is a Question and Answer session in which he dialogs with members in the audience. On the last day of…
 
Jody Green, Larry Green and Evan Chasteen share part 2 of their conversation with Carolyn Arends. Listen to Carolyn's new music: https://carolynarends.com/ Learn more about Renovaré: https://renovare.org/ Find out more about the Atlanta Cohort of Renovaré Institute: https://renovare.org/institute/apply/apply-atlanta-cohort Purchase the book Streams…
 
Jody Green, Larry Green and Evan Chasteen speak with Carolyn Arends about the different streams of Christianity. Listen to Carolyn's new music: https://carolynarends.com/ Learn more about Renovaré: https://renovare.org/ Find out more about the Atlanta Cohort of Renovaré Institute: https://renovare.org/institute/apply/apply-atlanta-cohort Purchase t…
 
If you regularly listen to this podcast, you have heard the advertisements for our SDI Renaissance virtual conference. We hosted this virtual gathering a couple of weeks ago now, and we as a staff are still processing, debriefing, discerning. We do know that overall, we feel like it was really successful – we’ve heard from a lot of participants tha…
 
Dr. Beverly Lanzetta is a theologian, contemplative scholar, interfaith chaplain, and teacher of new traditions of contemplative wisdom. She is the author of numerous books on emerging universal spirituality and new monasticism, including Radical Wisdom: A Feminist Mystical Theology, Emerging Heart: Global Spirituality and the Sacred, Nine Jewels o…
 
Our latest book release from SDI Press is now available – Reflections on Awakening and Maturity for Spiritual Companions, by Genjo Marinello. Genjo’s fascinating book chronicles his lifelong and ongoing commitment to spiritual growth, through thick and thin, as well as a courageous embrace of many difficulties, shortcomings and flaws. Genjo compost…
 
In this interview Jody Green, Larry Green and Evan Chasteen speak with Erven Kimble, whose lifelong mission is to add value, promote success, and encourage victorious living in all he meets. You can learn more about Erven on his website: https://www.givingvoicetotruth.com/ Register for Truth Talks: https://www.givingvoicetotruth.com/truth-talks Pur…
 
In this week's episode, SDI's Executive Director Reverend Seifu speaks with Roshi Joan Halifax about confronting mortality and The Landscape of Compassion as a lead up to her keynote address at our SDI Renaissance 2021 virtual conference, which kicks off at the end of April. Roshi Joan explains that the questions that arise in people who are at the…
 
What if we truly belong to each other? What if we are all walking around shining like the sun Mystic, monk, and activist Thomas Merton asked those questions over half a century ago. Writer Sophfronia Scott is asking them today. Sophfronia Scott grew up in Lorain, Ohio, a hometown she shares with author Toni Morrison. She holds a BA in English from …
 
In this week's episode, SDI's Executive Director Reverend Seifu speaks with Father Richard Rohr, a keynote speaker for our SDI Renaissance 2021 virtual conference, which kicks off at the end of April. Father Richard talks about how spiritual direction helps us to find firmer ground to stand upon, particularly in these difficult and unpredictable ti…
 
In this episode, Matt Whitney talks with Rev. Andre van Zijl about art and spiritual companionship. Andre is a cofounder and codirector of All Paths Divinity School, an online interfaith seminary promoting and nurturing sacred community through the arts. He is a spiritually inspired, award-winning artist, poet, published author, and non-dual philos…
 
This week's episode features the conclusion of our conversation with bestselling author and Episcopal priest Barbara Brown Taylor. Click here to listen to part one. Renowned for her preaching as well as her writing, Barbara Brown Taylor is the author of a widely acclaimed memoir, Leaving Church; subsequent books like An Altar in the World, Learning…
 
Maria Cressler, Executive Director of Ignatius House, discusses silence and leads us in a prayer practice. Learn more about Ignatius House or book a silent retreat: https://www.ignatiushouse.org/ --- Visit our website: cloudwalk.org Be sure to subscribe to this podcast, comment and leave a review.
 
In this episode, Ann Lancaster and Matt Whitney (SDI's creative team) discuss all the new enhancements and features of the online version of Presence and the labor of love that goes into producing our flagship publication in a new format. --- SDI members tell us that Presence is one of the best things about membership. They say it offers them a way…
 
A while back, our co-host Carl McColman was impressed by a preacher he heard in Atlanta. In his words: Back in the spring of 1988, I was living in Atlanta and on occasion would worship at All Saints’ Episcopal Church near the campus of Georgia Tech. On more than one occasion, I was impressed by the preaching of one of the associate priests on staff…
 
"If we can all go to our silence and recognize that each one of us is equal in the eyes of God, that there is no truth that I have that you don't have too, then we can see each other and we can work together and move together to build a better world." -Maria Cressler Learn more about Ignatius House or book a silent retreat: https://www.ignatiushous…
 
Here at SDI we have an initiative that brings emerging spiritual companions in the first half of life to our community, helping us weave a web of intergenerational wisdom and practice, which we call the New Contemplatives initiative. These New Contemplatives enrich the SDI community with new forms and paradigms of spiritual care, bringing their voi…
 
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