About Us

Our History

The Northeast Guild for Spiritual Formation is an ecumenical community that seeks to encourage and support all who desire growth and deepening in their spiritual lives.
The origins of the Northeast Guild hearken back to 2002, when seven of us - clergy, spiritual directors, educators and a psychologist - met at a local café hoping to find possibilities for collegiality in our work. We did find the collegiality we sought, but more profoundly, we also discovered mutual support for our spiritual journeys. Gradually, as our communion deepened, we felt called to offer that network of support to a wider community.

From the beginning, the purpose of the Guild has remained steadfast - to offer mutual support for our spiritual journeys by offering opportunities for deepening our life of prayer in the context of a practicing spiritual community. Grounded in the contemplative Christian tradition, we welcome all, from any tradition or no tradition, who seek to live and learn from the path of self-emptying Love. 

 

Guild Community

We tend not to draw distinctions among members with regard to our professional experience. In part, this may be due to the fact that, as a medieval contemplative said, "In this work, we are all beginners." We come together, leaving behind our titles and professional identities, and taking up a piece of the journey together in order to, in Bruno Barnhart's words, find wisdom in "participatory knowing."

There is also a core sense that we are all called to leadership and that leadership is grounded in a gift of God in each of us. Our hope is that our programs offer members a place where they can offer their gift in the confidence it will be received with gracious esteem.

 

Guild Staff

Eric Erickson, Guild Coordinator - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it // 207.244.5168
Grey Burkart, Assistant - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

Board of Directors

Members of our Board of Directors are stewards of the Guild's philosphy and vision. They oversee the programs, staffing, and legal and financial aspects of the Guild. Each member is commited to practicing the Guild Rule of Life, which involves participating in spiritual direction or guidance, joining Ember Day Gatherings, abiding by the Guild Ethical Guidelines, following the Guidelines for Small and Large Group Conversations, and financially contributing to the life of the Guild.

Stewards of the Guild Vision are:

Eric Erickson - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Joan Jordan Grant - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Dean Henry - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Elaine Hewes - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Sandra Horne - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Sara Hayman - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Ann Johnston - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Marty Resotko - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Dan Robinson - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Lyta Seddig - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Emily Blair Stribling - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Rick Wile - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

Advisors

Cynthia Bourgeault
Tony Burkart
Rose Mary Dougherty

 
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