Without self-awareness, there can be no humility.
Without humility, there can be no listening.
Without listening, there can be no understanding.
Without understanding, there can be no compassion.
Without compassion, there can be no love.
Without love, we are lost.
Comprehensive, mature love displaces fear and anger.
There is a hope for the healing of our world.
There is a table at which we can all feast.
We lament the racialized sins in the world, mourn the loss of life, hear and honor the stories of pain and suffering.
We join our voice to the collective cry and longing for biblical justice and abundant life for all.
We affirm the image of God inherent in every human being; we welcome the many-splendored expressions of the Imago Dei.
Sustainable Faith is a collective of spiritual directors and pastors working to create a spiritually healthy culture among leaders and their communities.
For over a decade we’ve helped pastors, leaders and churches cultivate spiritual sustainability. We host retreats, nurture conversations of consequence, educate leaders, train spiritual directors, and help faith communities pour themselves out from a deeper well.
The School of Spiritual Direction
SSD is a 2-year formation / certificate program toward serving as a spiritual director. In addition to online opportunities, we have cohorts (training groups) in over two dozen American cities, Canada, the UK, and Europe. Our goal is make spiritual direction a normal and widely available form of pastoral care within the Church and beyond.
The School of Contemplative Life
SCL is an easy entry point for learning about and experiencing contemplative life and deepening your experience of God’s love. (Many of those who complete it have continued on to the School of Spiritual Direction.) The formation in SCL occurs over the course of 8 quarterly retreats and the rich work done between each.
The School of Ecclesial Life
SEL is a 21-month discernment journey for smaller, newer, under-supported parish-style church leaders & their key members to clarify their vision & values, explore and deepen their communal practices, and engage their neighborhoods in wise & impactful ways. Thanks to a generous grant from the Lilly Endowment, this rich opportunity is completely free of cost to all participants .
The School of Mercy and Justice
SMJ is designed specifically for those who work directly with the “the least of these” (e.g., the poor, sick, addicted, homeless) and those who work in intense justice ministries. This 9-month journey will equip you in powerful ways to better discern your work, exercise greater self-care, and sustainably offer yourself to others from a place of true compassion and joy.
The School of Ignatian Spirituality
SIS our portal for: 1) experiencing for yourself the time-tested and powerful “Spiritual Exercises” (designed by the Catholic priest Ignatius of Loyola, a contemporary of Martin Luther) or 2) training to lead others through the Spiritual Exercises. This latter track is especially appropriate for seasoned spiritual directors wanting to broaden their capacity to accompany others.