Programming to Deepen Individual Spirituality
According to the Reformed
tradition, the goal of the Christian life is "to
know God and to enjoy God forever." Do you ever wonder how you can come to
know God? Our tradition suggests two possible tracks: on is the Outer
Track, which is most clearly illustrated by acts of outreach and mission.
The other is the Inner Track which calls for study, deepening prayer,
reflection and contemplation. These tracks come together in community and
Direction is an ancient Christian discipline. It is essentially a
relationship between two persons, a seeker and a teacher or guide,
which aims to help the seeker grow in awareness of God's grace in
everyday life, both in ordinary events and in specific difficulties.
The spiritual director listens; helps the seeker learn to recognize
God's "still small voice;" and encourages the expression of growing
intimacy with God in creative and life-affirming ways.
Spiritual Directors at The Middleton Center
Danzon, PhD, MA earned a Master of
Arts in Holistic Spirituality and Spiritual Direction from Chestnut Hill
College and a PhD from the University of Chicago. She has many years of
experience teaching in health care management at the University of
Pennsylvania. Patricia brings to the practice of Spiritual Direction a
special interest in the integration of the spiritual and intellectual
approaches to life, and a passion for photography. She is a member of BMPC.
Swanson, MA earned
a Master of Arts in Holistic Spirituality and Spiritual Direction
from Chestnut Hill College and an MA in French Literature from Temple
University. She has taught French language in a variety of school
and university settings, and has served as medical interpreter to
French-speaking immigrants. Heather
brings expertise in rock climbing and alpine mountaineering, and a passion
for integration of body, mind and spirit through contemplative outdoor
Ruth Workman, EdM, MA, an elder in the
Presbyterian Church (USA) and a certified supervisor of spiritual directors,
leads spiritual direction groups. She earned a Master of Education at Rutgers
University and a Master of Arts in Holistic Spirituality and Spiritual Direction
from Chestnut Hill College. She has been offering Spiritual Direction since
1995. She offers individual spiritual direction in private practice, individual
and group direction at Princeton Theological Seminary, and leads retreats at the
Sanctuary, her home in Stone Harbor, NJ. She also trains spiritual directors at
To explore an interest in Spiritual
Direction, please call The Middleton Center Director at 610-525-0766. Day and
evening hours are offered. All conversations are confidential.
Spiritual Formation Classes
Weekday Contemplative Prayer Group
A small group will meet in the Chapel on Tuesday mornings from 8:00–8:45
a.m. from October 1 through November 19, to participate in the contemplative
prayer practices of Lectio Divina and centering prayer. All are welcome! Come to
one or all sessions.
Experiencing the Presence of God in Nature
Experiencing the Presence
Wednesdays, October 16 and 30, 7:00–8:30 p.m., and Saturday, October 26, 8:00
a.m.–5:00 p.m. for Hike at Hawk Mountain, led by Heather Swanson. These sessions
will deepen your awareness of the particularity of God's presence in and through
the created environment. To top these sessions off, we will take a trip to Hawk
Mountain, a sanctuary for birds of prey in Kempton PA. Bring your hiking boots
and binoculars! All ages welcome.
Discernment in Everyday Life
Wednesdays, October 23 &November 6, 7:00–8:30
p.m., led by Patricia Danzon.You will learn the concepts of discernment and how
discernment differs from simple decision-making.
If you are interested in learning more about the labyrinth and how it may enrich
your prayer life, please click here.