FAITH SHIFT

A group spiritual direction journey for those who are deconstructing the faith they inherited and seeking the Divine in that new reality.

November - December 2021

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YOUR FAITH IS SHIFTING...

The faith that once brought a sense of security, purpose and community now feels ill-fitting, or maybe just plain wrong.

You have tried to make do, to make small changes, but there is no denying it now - your faith is shifting in some significant ways and you're figuring out what that means.

Maybe your theology has shifted. Maybe you have been hurt by the church community you were part of, or disillusioned by the priorities and passions of others in your faith community. Maybe it was just a slow unravelling of everything you have trusted to be true.

However you come to be here, you now find yourself struggling to see the way forward.

You are afraid of all the unknowns: what will you still believe when everything is done unravelling? How can you heal from all the ways you've been hurt? Where will you belong? How will you find new purpose and direction?

And where is God in all of this? (And who is God anyway?)

 

ENTER THIS SACRED CIRCLE

I know what it is like to feel like something significant is shifting but not know how or where to process all those feelings, doubts and desires.

Over the course of six sessions, we will together hold sacred space for our faith shift experiences. 

This is a space for you to be deeply listened to, to share the emotions, thoughts and hurts that are part of your journey to this place. This is a space for you to acknowledge the loss and grief as well as the possibility and freedom that come with faith shifts.

Led by an experienced spiritual director, and with a small group of fellow pilgrims, you'll be guided to explore themes such as doubt and certainty, lament and grief, your images of God and the Divine, and how you experience belonging and purpose within this faith shift.

I am not here to fix you - you do not need fixing! Instead I will hold safe and brave space for you to look deeply into your own spirit, and I will encourage you to trust your own inner voice and your experience of the Divine.

 
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OUR JOURNEY TOGETHER

1. DOUBT

3rd November

Exploring the interplay between doubt, faith and certainty and how each of these are present in your own faith journey. Beginning to consider the gifts of uncertainty and the Divine as Mystery.

2. LAMENT

10th November

Recognising the importance and spiritual significance of giving space to lament and the sometimes-difficult emotions of grief, anger, disappointment and betrayal.

3. IMAGE

17th November

Who or what is God? And how do we trust our experience of the Divine? We'll consider the images we inherited and the images we are finding newly captivating.

4. BELONGING

24th November

When our faith shifts, our sense of belonging shifts too. We'll give space to wrestle with what we have lost or let go, with the tension of being in a liminal space, and imagine what belonging might look like now.

(BREAK)

1st December

A week without a group zoom session to let everything we have covered so far settle. You will receive journal prompts by email to help you reflect on your own journey.

5. PURPOSE

8th December

Often our sense of life purpose or even "calling" has been wrapped up in the faith narratives we were given. So what happens when those are gone or change? We'll spend some time listening to our desires and imagining our part.

6. INTENTION

15th December

Our last session together, we look forward and consider how we build hope, resilience and curiosity into our spiritual practices. Where and how will we journey with God from here?

 

SACRED SPACE

Each two hour session will be modelled around the idea of a sacred circle. In the first half hour we will use simple meditative practices to ground ourselves and find an attentive inner posture.

Then the middle hour is for story. Each participant will be given time to share without interruption. You'll have received some journalling prompts in advance so will have time to think about what is important to bring to the circle. No one will offer advice or try to fix you. We will hold your story with gentleness and love, and offer affirmations and reflect back what we have heard.

We will finish with time to reflect, to respond, and to reimagine our theme. 

There is no homework, but you will be given journal prompts a week ahead of each session and are encouraged to spend time with those questions and any thoughts they bring up. 

 
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FIONA KOEFOED-JESPERSEN

Spiritual Director

It is my delight and honour to get to journey with you as a spiritual companion. I was raised in a Christian home, but it was only when I discovered contemplative and mystic Christianity in my 20s that I felt like I had truly found my spiritual home. That shift took a lot of unravelling and deconstructing of ideas, but I have found a spacious place to inhabit with an open heart and deep trust in my connection with God.

 
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TESTIMONIALS

 

My time in spiritual direction has become such a precious place of honesty. I can bring any uncertainty, confusion, questions and jumbled musings - and they are held with kindness, without judgement or fear. I used to feel like faith was a set of ideas I needed to agree to and master, but now I feel like it is more of a conversation with a friend on a lovely long walk. As I have begun to make peace with mystery and not knowing, I have been able to lean into curiosity and learn to trust.

- Kate

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHAT IS GROUP SPIRITUAL DIRECTION?

Spiritual direction is the ancient practice of sacred conversation. I offer that to my private clients on a monthly basis. Group spiritual direction then is simply bringing that same sacred conversation to a small group of people!

In practice, that looks like holding space for each person to tell their story and allow it to be received with compassion, curiosity and non-judgement. I facilitate that process to ensure we hold healthy boundaries and that each participate feels heard. 

HOW MUCH IS THE PROGRAMME?

The cost is £250, which includes six sessions of group spiritual direction with me on a live zoom call, and journalling prompts shared by email between each session. 

There are no discounts or refunds offered for missed sessions. 

IS THIS A CHRISTIAN PROGRAMME?

I am rooted in the contemplative and mystic Christian tradition. We will be talking about narratives and images from Christianity, but I invite you to come with your own experience and stories to share as we move through the six themes.


My intention is to be a non-judgemental, compassionate and curious companion to you, wherever you are on your journey. I care less about how you choose to label yourself and your spirituality and more about the freedom, spaciousness and purpose it brings you in your everyday reality.

DO I NEED TO COME TO ALL SIX SESSIONS?

This journey is designed as a whole, and so yes - if you are registering I would ask you to do so with the intention of being at each session (with understanding that sometimes ill health or other unavoidable contexts might make that hard). Discounts or refunds will not be offered for any missed sessions.

HOW MANY PEOPLE WILL BE IN THE GROUP?

The group will be between three and six people, to ensure that everyone has space to be heard.

WHY SHOULD I CONSIDER A GROUP PROGRAMME?

On this group journey, you get the sacred gift of hearing other people's stories, of knowing you are not alone, and of learning the practice of deep listening together.

It will feel different to other church small groups you may have done before. There will be no fixing, no unwanted advice. Instead we hold the circle with intention and compassion, allowing space for you to connect with your own inner wisdom both as you speak yourself and as you listen to others sharing. 

This six session, weekly offering gives you the opportunity to look specifically at six themes that impact your faith shift and how they unfold in your own life.

 
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ARE YOU READY?

Register today to secure your space on this small group journey.