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Winter Author Series: An Evening with Ineda P. Adesanya

November 20 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Editor Rev. Ineda P. Adesanya (DASD ‘13, MDiv ’14, MA ‘15) will be joined by contributors Rev. Daeseop Yi, PhD, Naisa Wong (DASD ’16), and Rev. Ruth T. West (MDiv ’12, DASD ’13) as they discuss their new book, Kaleidoscope: Broadening the Palette in the Art of Spiritual Direction. This is the first such resource written entirely by spiritual directors of color, and is a comprehensive resource for understanding the various components of spiritual direction. This book is a concise text from a spiritual director of color, offering inclusive resources and tools to spiritual directors of many faiths and for people of diverse cultures and traditions.

Books will be available for pre-order. Refreshments will be served.

Spiritual direction originated with the desert ammas and abbas of the early centuries who also shaped the monastic traditions and were known to be the first psychologists, exposing themselves to various practices to test their human capacity. Kaleidoscope: Broadening the Palette in the Art of Spiritual Direction is the third volume in a series of liberative and cutting-edge texts from the Spiritual Directors of Color Network, Ltd.

Kaleidoscope situates spiritual direction in the contemporary world. The art of spiritual direction is blossoming, becoming more accessible—a practice that all can embrace. It is rapidly becoming a mainstream form of spiritual care. There are more than two hundred spiritual direction training and formation programs in the United States alone. In its most hegemonic, nondirective, one-to-one form, spiritual direction has been historically practiced most broadly by Roman Catholic priests and white Protestant women, both lay and clerical. The twenty-first century has brought with it a shift in the practice of this spiritual-care art form. Though still a significant minority, people of color (PoC) are increasingly drawing upon the art of spiritual direction as both directors and directees. The formal art and practice of spiritual direction is no longer reserved for middle-class, white, and Roman Catholic–centered persons. Kaleidoscope, in one text, offers a comprehensive introduction to the various components that contribute to the art of spiritual direction. With intentionality, we embrace the core competencies of the practice while acknowledging and confronting the differences and complexities that present in the art of spiritual direction through the lens of spritual directors of color (SDoC).

Reverend Ineda Pearl Adesanya is an ordained American Baptist minister serving as Associate Minister of Spiritual Life for the historic Allen Temple Baptist Church. She is a founding board member of the Spiritual Directors of Color Network, Ltd. Ineda received both her Master of Divinity and Diploma in the Art of Spiritual Direction from San Francisco Theological Seminary (SFTS). She earned a Master of Arts in Religion and Psychology from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California, where she is currently earning a PhD. Ineda holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California at Berkeley. Ineda provides spiritual direction, leads contemplative retreats, hosts an annual Spirituality and Hermeneutics Forum, and authors a weekly blog. She teaches courses in spiritual direction at The Interfaith Chaplaincy Institute in Berkeley, California. Ineda extends her practice part-time in pastoral counseling, spiritual direction, and supervision for the Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, SFTS, and in private practice.

Reverend Ruth Takiko West is an ordained Presbyterian Church (USA) Minister of the Word and Sacrament. In addition to a Master of Divinity, Ruth holds an MBA, Diploma in the Art of Spiritual Direction, and a Certificate in Trauma and Spiritual Care. She is currently Program Manager for Advanced Pastoral Studies at San Francisco Theological Seminary, which facilitates the Doctor of Ministry program, and has also worked on the Committee for Preparation in Ministry (CPM) and the Presbytery Engagement Team (PET) for the San Francisco Presbytery. Ruth’s passion is to provide spiritual care especially to individuals and groups in transition. As a spiritual director and chaplain, she has developed, prepared, and presented spiritual, devotional, and meditational practices and provided spiritual direction and chaplaincy for groups and individuals in church, workshop, and retreat settings.

Naisa Wong is a proud member of the Spiritual Directors of Color Network, the Director’s Guild of America, Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, and Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas. She is a featured spiritual director with Gravity Center: A Center for Contemplative Activism (www.gravitycenter.com). Naisa’s continuing mission is to support and guide individuals and groups toward discovering and living out their most creative and authentic selves. She has her graduate training in spiritual direction and certifications in trauma care. Naisa has had the great honor of supporting several organizations using her creative care skills including Sojourners, Travis Air Force Base, Catholic Charities of San Francisco, New College Berkeley, and San Francisco Theological Seminary.

Reverend Dr. Daeseop Daniel Yi, PhD, Korean Student Advisor and Affiliate Faculty in Spirituality at San Francisco Theological Seminary, is dedicated to understanding how humans can be their authentic selves and live their lives fully through various contemplative practices. Yi earned a PhD in Christian Spirituality from the Graduate Theological Union. He has been on the staff of SFTS’s Diploma in the Art of Spiritual Direction program since 2008. He has also worked for many years as a pastor and chief of staff at a local church and in a campus ministry for young adults. He is interested in living “in between” so that he can be a bridge between the United States and Korea and be creative in both cultures.


November 20
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


San Francisco Theological Seminary Library
109 Seminary Road
San Anselmo, CA 94960 United States
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