A Companion’s Way

The Gloucestershire Course in Spiritual Direction

Meet the Tutors

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Ann Morris

I am a retired Anglican Priest, living in the small parish of Amberley, near Stroud.

I am divorced, but have six married children and nine grandchildren. I began life as a Roman Catholic but brought my family up within the village church that happened to be Anglican.

During the second half of my life I was introduced to contemplative prayer and a call to work with the children of my church - and this led to ordination in 2001.

I was trained in the work of Spiritual Direction on the Gloucester Course. I look forward to having a more contemplative life-style, between course days and times spent in hospice chaplaincy.

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Jennie Barrow

I am a past student on the GISD Course, and count it a privilege to be part of the current Tutor team. I long to see the ministry of spiritual direction become more mainstream and accessible in every expression of Church, as well as to those who have  difficulty in engaging with Church, but recognise the spiritual element of their life.

I would describe myself as an ecumenical Christian, particularly drawn to Church "at the margins."

I am particularly drawn to Celtic Christian spirituality and a contemplative way of prayer and life.

I belong to a Christian Community which seeks to live the rhythm of a monastic life within the context of the ordinary and the everyday - the Northumbria Community.

I live near Brecon in Mid Wales. I'm married with 4 grown up children.

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Anne Solomon

A past student on the Gloucestershire Course, I am delighted to be a part of the tutor team as I am inspired to help others grow in this ministry and have a vision to make the work of spiritual accompaniment more widely known and available.

I have an MA in Christian Theology and Spirituality, and am a Chartered Psychologist. Hence, I am especially interested in the dialogue between spiritual direction and psychology.

In my work I feel a particular heart to support those who in some way find themselves struggling ‘on the margins’ in their spiritual journey.

I deeply value, and can connect to, all expressions of the Christian faith, with my own past experience ranging from Anglo-Catholicism through to the charismatic House Church Movement and Anabaptism.

I have now found my home in contemplative traditions, spending intentional time during the week in silence and meditation. I am married with two grown-up children.

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Siobhan Smith

I work part time as a GP in the Forest of Dean. I am married to Ian, also a GP, and we have 5 children.

I was trained in spiritual direction on a course in Wiltshire which is very similar to that run in Gloucestershire.

My enthusiasm for this ministry arises from my experience of its influence on my own spiritual life. Being a member of the tutor team at Nympsfield is both a surprise and a very great privilege.

I am a practising Roman Catholic with a ‘liberal’ view and an ecumenical approach to faith in all its guises. Contemplative practice has become a vital part of my life in recent years.

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Jo Joy

What a delight and special privilege it is for me to join the tutor team for the Gloucestershire Course in Spiritual Direction.

A past student of the course, I am keen to see this vital ministry flourish to provide refreshment and renewal for fellow Christians in their prayer life.

I am married with 4 grown up children. I worked for over 30 years in the NHS as a nurse before curiosity led me to study Acupuncture. I was confirmed in the Church of England, and regularly receive the Eucharist as part of my rule of life, but as I became increasingly drawn to Contemplative prayer I felt welcomed by the Society of Friends (Quakers) in Cheltenham, and have been sitting with them in Meetings for Worship for the past 15 years.

These Meetings, founded in Silence, have allowed me time in comfort (and discomfort) to seek ways to pursue peace and presence in that which is Eternal, leading me to renew a daily intention to try to follow George Fox’s encouragement to “come to walk cheerfully over the world, answering that of God in everyone.”

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Deborah Curram

I am married with 3 children, all boys. Born in Surrey, I have lived in the Gloucestershire area for over 20 years.

My background is in marketing and public relations although I took up bookkeeping to work round family.

I was drawn to spiritual direction many years ago, and during my own training on this course felt called to offer myself as volunteer administrator.

I lead a busy and active life with 3 dogs, 1 cat and a goldfish to look after, and yet I relish the peace and growth drawn from quiet contemplation. I was recently ordained in the Anglican Church and am Assistant Curate within a small benefice.