Spiritual Direction

Within each of us lies the desire to find meaning beyond the moment – to discover our true selves – to grow closer to God and to one another. A spiritual director can help you satisfy that longing.

Spiritual Direction at Countryside

Rita Otis is a trained Spiritual Director with a certificate in “Spiritual Direction and Directed Retreats” from Creighton University. She is a Commissioned Minister of Spiritual Direction in the United Church of Christ and a member of Spiritual Directors International. Contact her at rmotis@outlook.com or by phone, 402.391.0350, ext. 129.

Spiritual Directors International

A listing of spiritual directors in the Omaha area is available from Spiritual Directors International online resource. Also available are interview questions to help you interview and find a compatible spiritual director. Go to sdiworld.org for the Seek and Find Guide and more helpful resources.

Discern God’s Presence

In spiritual direction, you reflect deeply on the experiences of your daily life. Gradually, as you contemplate, you may begin to recognize God’s presence and grace in your life. You may come to realize how God’s spirit is truly with you every day and everywhere. You discover that God has been waiting for you to seek this closer relationship.

Spiritual direction is really not about being “directed.” Rather, it is very much about being encouraged to draw closer to God. Spiritual direction invites you into this relationship whether you attend a church, mosque, synagogue, temple, or none of these. God seeks you where you are.

Gifts of Spiritual Direction

You may seek spiritual direction for a variety of reasons, including to:

  • Identify and trust your own experiences of God
  • Integrate spirituality into your daily life
  • Discern and make difficult choices
  • Share your hopes, struggles and losses
  • Develop a sensitivity for justice and concern for the poor
  • Live the essence of your spiritual affiliation with integrity