Invitation to Explore
Come and explore your vocation in ways you never thought possible!
We provide a variety of programs and events to help you explore your vocation. Consider participating in one of our events or using your interests and skills to facilitate a workshop, a Journey Group for Faculty and Staff, or a Journey Group for Students.
Food For Thought: Explore with Your Colleagues
Companions on a Journey has identified a list of key topics that are central to our work, including: spiritual practice and accompaniment, vocational exploration, and inter-cultural awareness. Please consider inviting us to present or to consult with us as you plan and prepare for your events. The tools and topics can be adapted to different settings, including: the classroom, a department or office meeting, committee meetings, student club meetings, retreats, or campus events. Below is a sampling of topics:
- Discovering Authentic and Engaging Spiritual Practices
- Becoming Fully Who I am Called to Be
- Listening and Responding
- Responding in Service to Others
- Discernment and Decision-Making in Daily Life and at the Crossroads
- Balancing Personal Exploration, Community Needs, and Social Concerns
- How to Use Inclusive Spiritual and Cultural Practices and Processes
- Increasing Inter-cultural Awareness and Integrity
- Deepening Our Own Cultural Awareness
- Power Analysis and Privilege in Diverse Settings for Leaders
Spiritual companioning is a process that focuses on the conscious development of the relationship between a person and God either one-to-one or in a small group setting. The spiritual companion helps a person notice and respond to the presence, movement, and invitation of God in life and prayer. It might include helping someone learn to pray, listening for or noticing God's activity, discernment for decision-making, becoming aware of images of God that influence the relationship, and bringing wounds or life-patterns to God for healing. Although it is not a counseling or therapeutic relationship, many find that spiritual companioning is a helpful companion process to our day to day work.
Collectively with Faculty and Staff
Start or Join a Faculty/Staff Journey Group. Journey Groups for staff and faculty involves taking the one on one relationship and altering it to include a group of people who share, listen and respond to one another. After a shared meal in which group members check in with one another, the focus turns to listening intently as each person shares some facet of their journey. After a shared time of quiet the group members then gently respond by asking thoughtful questions and offering meaningful observations in order to allow the sharer to come to a deeper understanding of their experience and where God is at work. Companions on a Journey staff is available to offer assistance for those wanting to connect with other faculty and staff through an experience like this.
As a Facilitator
We are always looking for faculty, staff, alumni/ae, members of our monastic communities, or friends of the colleges who are interested in being co-facilitators for the on-campus undergraduate spiritual companioning groups (Journey Groups). Co-facilitation is an important aspect of the group structure and process as facilitators potentially serve as witnesses to increasing vocational awareness, and model that reality through their personal self-disclosure and interaction with each other and the group.
Contribute or Share Your Interests and Skills
Companions on a Journey frequently hosts events for our campus communities. Examples of events are our Lunch Conversations, Food For Thought Workshops, Changing Faces Conference, and our Women's Spirituality Conference. We find the best resources often comes from within. We'd love to have you participate as a speaker or facilitator for one of our events. Please contact us if you have an idea or suggestion for programming you'd like to have offered.