Upcoming Events

January 13, 2022

Life in the Body Virtual Event Series : Session 3 - Pictures of Hope in the Church

In this session you will hear from church leaders who are experiencing the movement of the Spirit in their church bodies--in all its glory and messiness. Their stories can cast a vision for what is possible and renew hope as you move into God’s call in your church relationship.

January 31, 2022

2022 Grafted Life Conference-Where Prayer Meets Action

This in-person conference explores several aspects of team discernment--how we seek God’s will in our work together. Team discernment is more than a set of principles and practices. It is an approach to working that recognizes God’s presence in all that we do.

January 31, 2022

2022 ESDA Gathering

Our 2022 Gathering provides an opportunity for personal development, networking, and retreat-in-community as we explore what it means to engage in a discerning lifestyle in our lives and in the lives of our directees.

Past Events

November 11, 2021

Life in the Body Virtual Event Series : Session 2- Honoring Relationships

This session will explore how you can be spiritually healthy and loving in your church relationships while responding to God’s call, whether that is to stay, pursue change or leave your current situation.

September 30, 2021

Life in the Body Virtual Event Series : Session 1- An Honest Conversation About Church

In this session we honestly explored what it can feel like to be disconnected or frustrated by church. Acknowledging the truth gives us a place to begin dialoguing with God about what we do from here.

June 26, 2021

ESDA Virtual Event: The Long Range Effects of COVID

Dr. Genalin Niere Metcalf explores the effects of our collective and prolonged societal trauma, complicated by politics, polarization, racial unrest, vaccine controversies, and personal loss.

May 22, 2021

ESDA Virtual Event: Spiritual Direction and Diversity: Tools for Greater Sensitivity

Without awareness, understanding, and training in intercultural encounters we can easily close the doors that we desire to open. ESDA Members Brenda Darby & Ellen Kuo shared tools for greater sensitivity.

April 24, 2021

ESDA Virtual Event: Tools of Discernment

Father Mark Thibodeaux, has written on discernment and Ignatian spirituality, and shares tools that can help us and our directees in the discernment process.

March 20, 2021

ESDA Virtual Event: Guiding Directees from Head to Heart

In this session, Dr. Betsy Barber will discuss tools that encourage directees to explore the meaning and emotional context of their lives.

February 20, 2021

ESDA Virtual Event: Styles of Direction

Fr Ryan Bradley discusses direction styles from a historical perspective, in relation to other contemporary forms of one-another ministries, and how our personal giftedness can play a role when we meet with directees.