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Moving Beyond Story: Margaret Arms, Ph.D.

  • August 15, 2013
  • 4:00 PM - 6:15 PM
  • St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 1303 S Bross Ln, Longmont

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Continuing Education for Spiritual Directors

Moving Beyond Story: Margaret Arms, Ph.D. 

Thursday, August 15th, 4–6:15 p.m. (networking, fellowship, and refreshments, 3:30–4 p.m.) Cost: $15 to $35, as you are able)


Many of us believe that we are what we do, where we come from, what has happened to us, and what religious tradition or political party we belong to, etc.  We think our identity rests there rather than understand that all these aspects of our lives are the contexts, the containers, the homes in which we live and grow; but, they are not who we are.  Contemporary writers on the spiritual journey from Cynthia Bourgeault to Richard Rohr all write about the need to divest ourselves of our false, egoic selves and claim the true self, which is where we dwell with God.

There is a “we” who does and experiences all these things, which is our identity. It is that “we” with whom God connects; yet, we attach ourselves to our story instead.

This workshop is designed to help spiritual directors learn how to encourage their directees to recognize that they are more than their stories, and to begin the journey toward grounding theiridentity in who they are as the Beloved of the Divine. Participants will learn what the role of story in the spiritual journey is, and what it is not. Workshop members will explore blocks to the journey to self, and tools to begin the process. Included in the workshop is ample time for questions, interactions, small group exercises.


Margaret Arms, PhD is a spiritual director in Colorado Springs who also teaches in the Benedictine Spiritual Formation Program and supervises a group of second year students. 

She provides workshops, consultation, supervision and retreats in a variety of settings. She has over 25 years’ experience working with trauma survivors, first as a psychotherapist and now as a spiritual director.

  • Thursday, August 15: St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Longmont at 1303 S Bross Ln.
  • Time: 4–6:15 p.m. (3:30–4 p.m.networking, fellowship and refreshments)
  • Cost: $15 to $35, as you are able. Those who can give more support SDCO scholarships.
  • Information: 303-420-1345 or
  • Registration: Please register online and pay using your credit or debit card.

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