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Spiritual Direction Colorado Presents The Language of Love with Connie Shelley

August 20, 2015  |  4:00pm-6:15pm

St. Stephens Episcopal Church in Longmont

Since 2012, the U. S has about 7.5 million more Americans who are no longer active in religion. Dr. Ilia Delio believes that people are leaving faith traditions by the thousands because religion is no longer relevant to our culture. We, as spiritual directors, will be seeing more people who identify as “seekers” or as “spiritual but not religious” and, in fact, we ourselves may be categorized as such­­. It may now be time to begin looking to the things of the 21st century.  We may need to seek the Wisdom that will enable us to read the language of technology and science in order to expand the meaning of the Holy, for them as well as for us. 

Connie is a member of Sojourn Mennonite ( in Fort Collins, CO.  She received her Spiritual Formation for Spiritual Directors training through the Center for Spirituality at Work ( in 2001 and is currently on the staff for the formation program. She serves as the coordinator for the Spiritual Direction Program at Denver Women’s Prison as an outreach of CFSAW as well as having a private practice for spiritual direction with all seekers in her home.   


Tending Our Inner Garden: Soul Time - Spiritual Direction Colorado Retreat

September 21-23, 2015

Sacred Heart Jesuit Retreat House in Sedalia

Using “inner garden” as a deep metaphor for our souls, we will use this retreat time to explore the ground, particularly our images and experiences of the divine, that hold our soul; the soul plants, especially those deep soul gifts, thriving or perhaps struggling in our soul garden along with whatever weeds that may be interfering with our soul plants.  We will explore those practices that nourish or diminish our souls, and finally look at what it might mean to take the energy and wisdom of our soul work into the world.  This retreat is designed to allow participants to do their own deep soul work with teaching times and group sharing as guides.  

Margaret F. Arms, MSW, PhD

Retreat leader

Dr. Arms is a spiritual director in Colorado who has taught in the Benedictine Spiritual Formation Program, and is a graduate of that program.  She also supervises spiritual directors.  She has led retreats in Colorado, Alaska, and New Mexico.  She holds a joint PhD from the University of Denver and Iliff School of Theology in religious and theological studies.  Prior to spiritual direction, Dr. Arms practiced psychotherapy as a licensed clinical social worker.




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August 20, 2015 4:00 PM • St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 1303 S Bross Ln, Longmont, CO 80501
September 21, 2015 2:00 PM • Sacred Heart Jesuit Retreat House, 4801 North Highway 67, Sedalia, CO 80135-0185
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