Supervision of Spiritual Directors

Engaging in Holy Mystery

Mary Rose Bumpus and Rebecca Bradburn Langer

Nov/2005, 208 Pages, PAPERBACK, 6 x 9

ISBN-13: 9780819219947



The last decade has seen increased interest in the practice of spiritual direction, both from people feeling called to be spiritual directors, and from those seeking direction. But with the growth in the number of directors has come an increased need to train their supervisors.

This collection of essays is one of the first books in the field that help with the training of supervisors. Written by spiritual directors who have years of experience in supervision between them, this book engages some of the leading voices in the field in an exploration of a wide variety of issues, including: gender and sexuality; ethical dilemmas; working with diverse racial ethnic constituents; working with the differently abled; the parameters of supervision; the supervision of beginning directors, and more. An excellent textbook for those who feel called to the role of supervisor, as well as an important book for those who are already practicing in the field.

The Spiritual Directors International Series – This book is part of a special series produced by Morehouse Publishing in cooperation with Spiritual Directors International (SDI), a global network of some 6,000 spiritual directors and members.
Series titles thus far include:

Discerning Life Transitions
Listening Together in Spiritual Direction

Illuminating the Art of Spiritual Direction

Awakening the Creative Spirit
Bringing the Arts to Spiritual Direction

Out of Darkness, Into Light
Spiritual Guidance in the Quran with Reflections from Jewish and Christian Sources

Tending the Holy
Spiritual Direction Across Traditions

The Heart of Spiritual Direction

Anglican Spiritual Direction

Faith Styles
Ways People Believe

Supervision of Spiritual Directors
Engaging in Holy Mystery

For more information on SDI, please visit

Mary Rose Bumpus is a Sister of Mercy of the Cincinnati Regional Community who has worked in the area of spiritual direction for twenty-five years. She currently serves as Assistant Professor of Christian Spirituality at Seattle University and was formerly director of the Diploma in the Art of Spiritual Direction Program at San Francisco Theological Seminary.

Rebecca Bradburn Langer is an ordained Presbyterian minister, spiritual director, and the coordinator of Supervision for San Francisco Theological Seminary in the Diploma in the Art of Spiritual Direction program. She lives in San Anselmo, California.

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