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Spiritual Direction Colorado's Mission Statement:
We envision a Colorado where spiritual guidance permeates peoples’ lives, faith communities and human organizations, transforming life for all, especially the most vulnerable.


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Meet the Committee and learn what brought them to Spiritual Direction

Vickie Bailey

Following several years of benefiting from a spiritual direction relationship my spiritual director asked me what God was calling me to. I was invited to consider a variety of forms of ministry, to be open...seeking God's will, given the gifts and talents developed over the years. Peace, then excitement and awe at the breadth of this ministry confirmed this prayerful choice to serve my brothers and sisters in Christ.

Vickie earned her certificate in Spiritual Direction in 2001. She was a stay at home mom until her two children were in high school.She earned her Master's Degree and worked as a Licensed Professional Counselor. Now retired and a widow she is blessed to continue to learn and grow and serve her church as a worship leader and in pastoral care. She serves the senior community as a board member of Senior Reach. Working to maintain good physical and spiritual health allows her to enjoy grandchildren, children and to be a blessing to those she meets. 



Gail Chamley

Gail is currently the Year One classroom facilitator in the Benedictine Spiritual Formation Program at Benet Hill Monastery in Colorado Springs. She is a graduate of the Benet Hill program in 2011. Her passion is hearing another's story and how God is intersecting their lives. Gail is a self-declared recovering extrovert who wants to help others appreciate the interior life. Gail has many years experience in her church in Colorado Springs as an employee, volunteer, Elder and Trustee. She has served as a church administrator and program assistant in Women’s Ministries. She brings diverse project management and team leadership experience from her career at CU in Colorado Springs and the facilities planning arenas. Her deep faith and trust in God and the Holy Spirit nurtures her desire to encourage others in spiritual growth. She and her husband, Jim, have been married 32 years and their adult children have blessed them with five grandchildren.






 
Tony Hill


What brought me to spiritual direction was the realization that doctrines, rituals,  and religious experiences had taken me as far as they could. I desired a deeper relationship with God. I felt drawn to the language of contemplative, spiritual practices. Spiritual direction has helped me understand and interpret that language.

Reverend Anthony Curtis Hill (“Tony”) is an ordained Elder in the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church (CME). He currently serves as pastor of the St. Luke CME Church, Denver, Colorado and is employed as a Substance Use Disorder Counselor for the Addiction Research Treatment Services (Anschutz Medical Center, University of Colorado). Tony is also an adjunct Instructor at Iliff School of Theology.

Reverend Hill is a retired U.S. Army veteran and a graduate of the Masters of Divinity program at Iliff School of Theology. He is married and resides with his wife and children in Aurora, Colorado.

 


 














Connie Shelley

About 25 years ago I was reading a book by Richard Foster in which he wrote about "spiritual friendship", an idea which resonated deeply with me. After my spiritual formation training with the Center for Spirituality at Work I realized that those 15 months were so transforming that if I never had the opportunity to have a Spiritual Direction relationship, I was grateful for the opening of my soul that the personal reflections and teachings gave. Eighteen years later I can say that being immersed in Spirit with another person, hearing their story and watching how God meets each person as they need the most amazing experience I could ever have.

One of Connie's passions is the idea of God’s justice being about reconciliation rather than the cultural idea of justice being retribution and she became co-founder and Executive Director of the Victim Offender Reconciliation Program of Central Arizona. Due to her husband’s failing health, they moved to Fort Collins, CO and after his death she completed a 14 month Spiritual Formation Program with the Vincentian Center for Spirituality and Work in Denver, CO. Since 2008 she has been the coordinator of the spiritual direction program and a spiritual director in the Denver Women’s Correctional facility under the umbrella of the Center for Spirituality at Work. 

 

















Charlotte Shepic

In the early nineteen nineties I began the discernment process for the permanent diaconate in the Episcopal Church in Colorado and had to have a spiritual director.   I had never heard of spiritual directors or contemplation before this time.  My first spiritual director opened spaces and places for me to travel I never imagined.  

In November 1997 Charlotte was ordained as a vocational deacon in the Episcopal Church and she has served several Episcopal Churches in the Denver metro area. From 1997 through 2004 she worked as the Administrator to the Holy Orders Process, working with people in the ordination process. After she realized she was offering spiritual direction/companionship to those in the process she applied to the Sursum Corda Spiritual Direction Program in South Carolina finishing the program in 2006.

At present she is taking an extended sabbatical from parish ministry and pursuing a certification in the Expanded Enneagram Professional Training Program so she will be able to more fully use the enneagram with those she sees in spiritual direction as well as becoming a teacher of the enneagram.

She and her husband of 34 years are enjoying spending more time together as well as enjoying a more adult relationship with their son. Her passions include learning, care of the environment, camping, biking, reading, and knitting.



Amy Agape











Rachel A. Parsons, MA




I was led to the ministry of Spiritual Direction out of desperation.  As a young mother, I found myself dying from a rare heart and lung condition.  Although I had accumulated a lot of knowledge about death throughout my short life, I had no idea how to actually do it.  My culture, my religion, and my education had not prepared me for this journey of surrender.  I have spent the past eighteen years working to live while I am dying and die while I am living, and Spiritual Direction provides me with a foundation for this work -- both on my on path and in my companioning of others.


Amy Agape, PhD, dreams of a world in which all people live and die consciously, and she intends to spend the remainder of her days helping to create that world.  As a Spiritual Director, she accompanies a multitude of people on their spiritual journeys with each of life's "little deaths"; her work in hospice allows her to witness and support persons during their final weeks and days.  And she is profoundly and gratefully aware of the interweaving of these two areas of ministry.  Her training in Spiritual Direction comprises work in Tibetan Buddhist, European Shamanic, and Contemplative Christian traditions.  Her doctoral dissertation, “The Way of Conscious Death and Dying:  Walking the Stations of the Cross as Kenotic Ritual,” comprises groundbreaking work in conscious death and dying and is a profound model of living authentically while dying.



I was drawn to spiritual direction before I knew what it was called. I had cultivated a profound love for helping others navigate spirituality through guided meditation and personal reflection, so I started on a mental health counseling track hoping to "sprinkle in" spiritual growth for my clients where situation and legality allowed. It was not until I began my seminary studies that I first heard of spiritual direction, and I immediately knew that was what was in store for me.  

Rachel A. Parsons, MA, is the founder of Fratres Dei Spiritual Direction and Ministries. Rachel received her Master of Arts in Spiritual Formation and Soul Care from Denver Seminary, where she conducted graduate research centered on the inherently physical nature of human spirituality as well as received certification in spiritual direction. She has since designed the practice of Body Discernment, a synthesis of somatic therapeutic practices for spiritual discernment. Rachel hosts body-centric contemplative workshops and offers guided free-form, ecstatic dance. Rachel also serves as a chaplain at North Suburban Medical Center in Thornton, Colorado, and as an interfaith minister at People House Denver. Please visit www.fratresdei.com to learn more. 

Rachel loves hiking and biking the mountains of Colorado and enjoying live music in Denver. She can most likely be found playing her guitar or banjo, reading on her balcony, or dancing with her Creator




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