Program in Christian Spirituality

Spiritual Direction, Formation, and World Engagement

A self there is that listens in the heart
To what is past the range of human speech,
Which yet has urgent tidings to impart—
The all-but-uttered, and yet out of reach

Walter de la Mare
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We at SFTS celebrate the depth and beauty of human spirituality in its many cultural and religious expressions, and are thirsty for open-hearted companions who can contribute to the “mending of the world.” Our spirituality programs rest on the belief that we are called to awaken our hearts to others through practice, study, and community. We encourage practices of compassion, justice, and prayer to enhance our capacities for contemplative listening to one another, to the current situation, and to the Divine Beloved.

In addition to a Concentration in Spiritual Formation available through the MDiv degree, SFTS offers certificate and diploma opportunities that integrate spiritual formation, contemplative listening, and social awareness. We welcome inquirers who strongly identify with the church as well as those who wander among spiritual traditions or whose primary spiritual communities are ones of care or activism. We invite spiritual directors, pastors, and social activists. We invite teachers and nurses and social workers. We invite spiritual seekers, trans-religious, and non-affiliated. Through our certificate and diploma programs we hope to support the many ways people seek the Divine and contribute to their communities.


Program options & information



SFTS Program in Christian Spirituality partner/affiliate organizations:

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For more information, please contact:

Dr. Wendy Farley, Director, Program in Christian Spirituality
Rice Family Chair in Spirituality
415.451.2867wfarley@sfts.edu