First United is pleased to announce that a new Spiritual Direction ministry is available, for both individuals and groups within the church and the community at large, with Dawna Petersen as a Spiritual Director. Spiritual Direction is an ancient and contemporary spiritual discipline that is exercised between a spiritual director and a person seeking to become more of the reality of God that is within each of us. Spiritual direction in the earliest church traditions was actively practiced and encouraged. Today the ministry of Spiritual Direction is being taught within many faith traditions, and called Spiritual Directors are seen participating within many professional church ministry teams. Dawna Petersen received her training at the Spiritual Direction Institute of the Benedictine Monastery in Beech Grove, Indiana, and her calling has been affirmed by First United Church Council, pastoral leadership, and the congregation of First United. You can e-mail Dawna or call her at 332-4439.