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Spiritual Counseling

Whenever I've thought about spiritual direction before, all of them were Catholic, usually Jesuits. Jesuits are awesome, but I really, really want a spiritual director who is not Christian. The only one I previously knew of was San Francisco-based activist T. Thorn Coyle. While I really admire Thorn a lot--when not advocating for peace, she works at a Catholic Workers food kitchen and has been visited by the Dalai Lama--I'm a little too in awe of her to approach her for counseling.

So, I started e-mailing Reform Jewish spiritual director Rabbi Helen Cohn. Her website specifies that that she does non-sectarian spiritual direction. I do have an interest in Judaism, but I emphatically do not want someone who will try to convert me. We talked on the phone today and I'm meeting her for the first time next week.

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zeonchar
Nov. 12th, 2014 06:49 am (UTC)
This sounds really fascinating! Let me know how it goes!
kwokj
Nov. 13th, 2014 04:31 am (UTC)
I thought the whole Jewish approach to converts was to not try to convert people at all, and in fact turn them away repeatedly to make sure they really wanted it.
wombat_socho
Nov. 13th, 2014 05:11 am (UTC)
This.
helenkacan
Nov. 13th, 2014 05:11 am (UTC)
Always found Judaism fascinating, especially the aspects where observance revolved around the home (though, really, without all the prohibitions on mixing meat/dairy). Did take a multi-week adult course at MCCT a few years ago where the final class was a walking tour of Synagogues in Kensington Market (which I had to miss because the weather was simply beastly, even in early April).
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