Welcome to the Center for Holy Listening

The Center for Holy Listening at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church is a place dedicated to nurturing and developing Spirit, both individually and communally. To that end, we offer group and individual spiritual direction or mentoring,spirituality workshops and dream groups. We seek to offer a space for deepening our connections with God, self and others. All are welcome here – regardless of church or religious affiliation.

Opportunities for discernment, guidance and connection...

  • Individual spiritual direction
  • Group spiritual direction
  • Spiritual workshops
  • We offer workshops that explore our understanding of and connection to God, self and others. Past workshops have explored such topics as the Enneagram, Celtic spirituality and change and transformation, and introduced spiritual practices that involve art, music, chant, dream work and Anglican prayer beads.
  • Dream Groups
  • The Bible is full of dreams! The early church theologian Tertullian said:
    "Is it not known to all people that the dream is the most usual way of God's revelation to humankind?"
    Later generations tended to discount dreams, at the great loss of our soul. There is currently a resurgence of respect for dream work as a spiritual tool. We offer workshops and book studies on understanding our dreams, followed by ongoing dream groups for those who are interested.

What is Spiritual Direction?

  • an aid to the discernment of God's presence in one's life
  • a process which helps a person focus on the faith dimension of life and sharpen awareness of solidarity with all God's people
  • a means of deepening one's union with God
  • "holy listening" - we not only 'listen to' but we also 'listen with' our lives, and in the presence of God
  • soul work

Who can seek Spiritual Direction?

  • Any person who desires to go deeper into the life of spirit, to delve into the questions of spirituality, faith, religion or theology
  • A person from any denomination or faith tradition as well as one who seeks spiritual growth outside of an organized religious community

Spiritual Direction vs Counseling

  • In spiritual direction the focus is on prayer life and religious experience. Spiritual direction is concerned with finding and responding to God in all of life, including times of disorder and pain.
  • In counseling the focus is on mental and emotional well-being. It is concerned with problem solving and the healthy resolution of issues.

Beth Cook

Beth completed the two-year training program in spiritual direction at the Haden Institute in North Carolina. She is a licensed professional counselor and has worked as a therapist for over 20 years. During this time she has developed an interest in the interweaving of spiritual, emotional and physical aspects of health. A member of the Episcopal Church, Beth is also drawn to practices from other faith and spiritual traditions such as mindfulness and meditation.

Beverly Hood

Beverly Hood graduated from the Spiritual Direction program at the Haden Institute and the Education for Ministry (EfM) program sponsored by the University of the South School of Theology. She is dedicated to being a loving and peaceful presence and encouraging others on their soul's journey. She is employed as a senior software engineer.

Mari Zimmerman

Mari is a graduate of Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation in Bethesda, Maryland, and has practiced spiritual direction in the Huntsville area for over 15 years. She has published several articles on spirituality and is the author of Take and Make Holy: Honoring the Holy in the Healing Journey of Abuse Survivors.

Contact Information

St. Stephens' Espicopal Church
8020 Whitesburg Dr. SW
Huntsville, Al 35802
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Upcoming Workshop

We have an upcoming Workshop entitled "Outside The Box: Spirituality Beyond Church" at St. Stephen's Epsicopal Church on March 16, 2013 from 9:00am to 3:30pm.

For more information or to register for the Workshop, please click for the Flyer.