‘Hospitality is not to change people, but to offer them space where change can take place. It is not to bring men and women over to our side, but to offer freedom not disturbed by dividing lines… It is not a method of making our God and our way into the criteria of happiness, but the opening of an opportunity to others to find their God and their way.’ Henri Nouwen
Joining one of our spiritual journey groups
Would you like the opportunity to share your spiritual journey with others in a small group setting? Talking openly and honestly about our spirituality can be very difficult in a large group, especially if we haven’t had the chance to get to know each other well. Meeting regularly with a small number of people can, however, create a safer, more intimate space which makes it possible for us to share and explore our spiritual journeys with each other more freely.
Spaceforsoul has recently launched two spiritual journey peer groups of no more than six to seven people. These groups run alongside our larger Sacred Spaces meetings and you can choose to come to either or both. Each group is hosted by one of our Spaceforsoul members and meets on a regular basis (generally fortnightly), normally in his or her home. Joining a group is free and it is open to anyone who is interested, no matter whether or not you belong to a particular spiritual tradition or where you are on your spiritual journey.
How does a spiritual journey peer group work?
The ethos of our spiritual journey groups reflects the ethos of the wider Spaceforsoul community (you can find out more about our ethos here). Spaceforsoul has produced some general guidelines about setting up and running a spiritual journey group of this kind and these will be made available to all group members on request. It will, however, be up to the members of each group to decide together how the group works, when and how often it meets and how it uses its time. The emphasis will be on offering each other the kind of hospitality that Henri Nouwen spoke of, on keeping the group ‘ground rules’ to a minimum and on giving each other permission to engage with the group in whatever way is most helpful to us.
What might we do together as a group?
We might, for example, share aspects of our spiritual journeys with each other, discuss books or articles that have particularly spoken to us spiritually in some way, watch and discuss a television programme or a film together, explore music, art or poetry that has inspired us, do some creative work together, pray or meditate together, share an agape meal or when the need arises, just spend time listening to and supporting each other. Each of us will be free to participate in and to contribute to the group as much or as little as we feel able to.
How do I join a group?
If you are considering joining an existing spiritual journey group, please let us know by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will give you further information about the groups that are currently running.
Having chosen a group, you can then contact the group host to find out more about how the group works and to arrange to attend a meeting. Before deciding to join a particular group, you may want to visit it two or three times to get a feel for whether it’s the right group for you and you are welcome to visit more than one group before making your decision. You are of course also free to leave the group at any point if you find that it is no longer helpful to you.