Diocese of Portsmouth

Spirituality

Christian spirituality is about prayer and your experience of God.  The spirituality team offer ways to broaden your experience of the wide range of Christian spiritualities, through spirituality days (quiet days) and courses.  Working with a spiritual director or guide is highly recommended for those who want to develop their relationship with God.

Ruth Tuschling - Diocesan Spirituality Adviser

The team is led by our diocesan spirituality adviser, the Rev Dr Ruth Tuschling. She provides training for clergy and laity to support their own spiritual development, and to develop skills in training others. Ruth is also the first port of call for spiritual direction enquiries.

P: First Floor, Peninsular House, Wharf Road, Portsmouth PO2 8HB.
T: 023-9289 9686
E: ruth.tuschling@portsmouth.anglican.org

The spirituality adviser and your church

Ruth would be delighted to come to your church to offer a quiet day or a training event on a spiritual theme. A format that works well is a Sunday sermon followed by an afternoon workshop lasting 2-3 hours, with a bring and share lunch in between. You could share in running the event or you might like to do it yourself but would like some support. Either way, please contact Ruth using the details above.

Spiritual direction or guidance

Spiritual direction is a formal commitment between two people who do not meet regularly in other contexts (e.g. Sunday worship), in which the director helps the directee to understand and deepen their relationship with God in a safe and confidential space.

It is a supportive relationship but not a therapeutic relationship such as counselling. It is more akin to the role of a personal trainer than a friend. So not every conversation about spiritual matters is spiritual direction.

The title ‘spiritual direction’ is historical: your spiritual director will help you discern the working of the Holy Spirit in your life and will not tell you what to do.