Overview of Spiritual Formation Opportunities at PTS
Some people come to counseling for guidance in faith development, spiritual disciplines, or discernment of call. While students are encouraged to talk about their faith in counseling, individual and group spiritual direction also provide a unique setting for exploring these issues. Local spiritual directors are available to help students and spouses deepen their capacity to “listen for God” in and out of the classroom, in all of life’s experiences. Information about spiritual direction at PTS and a list of local directors is available through the Office of of Student Counseling, Chapel Office, Student Relations & Senior Placement, Field Education, and Multicultural Relations.
Individual Spiritual Direction
Students and spouses who have pursued individual spiritual direction during their time at Princeton Seminary routinely report that it has been an invaluable component of their faith formation. Many love having an opportunity to simply focus on where they are in their faith journey with a caring, trained "companion" who can help them hear the meaning in what they are saying and mine what they are experiencing.
Most people meet with a spiritual director on a monthly basis for an hour. Some directors will meet with students in the Spiritual Direction/Counseling Room of Miller Chapel. Others prefer to meet with students in their own offices off campus. The 14 directors on the general referral list are not employed by the seminary and students are responsible to contact the director to set up sessions and discuss location and fees. In their own practices directors may charge a fee of $50. Many will reduce the fee to about $25 for students and spouses at PTS who are not enrolled in the Student Health Benefit Plan. If you wish to pursue direction and this fee is beyond your means, please see the Director of Student Counseling, Nancy Schongalla-Bowman.
Spiritual Direction and Companionship Groups
Spiritual Direction groups honor the call to a deeper relationship with God within a small prayerful community. Assisted by a trained Spiritual Director, participants focus on articulating God's presence in the whole of life through prayerful listening and responding to each other.
The groups normally meet on campus every other week throughout a semester for an hour and a half. There are five individuals or three couples in each group. Participants agree to regular attendance and to holding all that is shared within their group as sacred and confidential.
There is a minimal co-pay for students and spouses in these groups. Participants enrolled in the Student Health Plan Benefit Play pay $30 per six-session semester; those not in the plan pay $42. There are two ways to participate: join one of the existing groups, or form your own group of five people and a director will be assigned
For more information, to join a group, or to arrange to have a director assigned to your group of five, contact Teresa Heyer in the Chapel Office.
Spiritual Formation Resources
Spring Flower Meditation Video - video link
Retreat Center Guide (download as a PDF)
Spiritual Direction Brochure (download as a PDF)