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 cafĂ© hoping to find possibilities for collegiality in our work. We found the collegiality we sought, but we also discovered mutual support for our spiritual journeys more profoundly. Gradually, as our communion deepened, we felt called to offer that network of support to a wider community.

In 2020 the members of the Guild recognized that we were trying to go in too many directions at once. The Board hired a consultant to help us examine how we could best be of service. After a year of individual interviews with active Associates and Friends and a retreat meeting of the Board, we agreed that the Contemplative Gatherings and Quiet Days were the heart of the Guild.  Recognizing that we will continue evolving, we are moving in this direction. Starting in 2021, the focus of the guild is now on Silence.

“Sunset” Photo by Cynthia Tokos