I had opportunity to peruse a book by Karen Lebacqz and Joseph Driskill that Anne Underwood referenced in her pre- sentations entitled Ethics and Spiritual Care--a Guide for Pastors, Chaplains, and Spiritual Directors (2000, Nashville, TN, Abingdon Press) (Paperback--ISBN 0-687-07156-9). It is written from a Christian perspective, but I believe anyone operating out of Judeo-Christian-Islamic traditions would find it helpful. In it they have a section entitled “Guidelines for an Adequate Christian Spirituality” in which they suggest the following:
Spirituality must hold in tension the stress on “Spirit” as well as “spirit. Our spirits are not fulfilled until they “rest in God”. Those giving spiritual guidance will want to bring people closer to God and will understand that fullness of human spirit depends on such a relationship.
Spirituality involves internal discipline that focuses on prayer, Scripture reading and meditation. “Although some people experience life-changing spiritual events at times of crisis, most persons are helped by undertaking spiritual exercises in a disciplined manner.”
Spirituality requires accountability to God, text and tradition, and community as reflected in outer disciples such as service and ethical conduct and corporate disci- plines such as worship and confession.
Thus, spirituality must attend to all four elements of “The Grid”, posited by Jack Mostyn (Workshop: Cer- tificate in the Art of Spiritual Direction, Supervision Training, Program in Christian Spirituality, San Fran- cisco Theological Seminary, San Anselmo, CA, March 15-16, 1996), lest we succumb to our current culture’s inclination to look only for God’s activity in the arena of personal life. “The Grid” is composed of four ele- ments: (1) the intrapersonal, (2) the interpersonal, (3) the structural, and (4) the environmental aspects of life.
Lebacqz and Driscoll assert that persons seeking spiritual growth must look not only at their own intrapersonal issues and relationship with God, but also at the ways in which God may be at work in social relationships, the institutions and structures of the wider society (including but not lim- ited to the structured faith community), and in the environ- ment as a whole. Using the grid requires that attention to the inner life of search be placed in the context of concerns about social, historical, environmental, structural, institu- tional, and interpersonal issues.
Sounds like a real affirmation of what we are about in CPE, doesn’t it?