UU topic: ‘Soul Companionship — Friends and Mentors on the Spiritual Path’

By Stacey Couch
Special to The PREVIEW

The Pagosa Unitarian Universalist Fellowship invites you to attend a program titled “Soul Companionship — Friends and Mentors on the Spiritual Path,” with Stacey Couch, this Sunday, Aug. 14, for its regular service.

With the myriad forms that the spiritual path takes, we have an increasing need for soul companions. We want people to share the successes and failures of our spiritual search. The joys and sorrows of our souls require an audience.

We form these friendships unintentionally, but these are precious relationships not to be taken lightly. It is crucial to follow codes of conduct when being a soul companion. We do this by discovering proper boundaries and defining the character traits to embody. In spiritual companionship, we must contemplate the different levels of involvement. From casual conversation to a structured private consultation, the context of companionship helps determine the depth and content.

Our own desires for spiritual companionship are typically unconscious, unmet needs. Setting clear, conscious intentions for these relationships helps enrich our lives immensely. Also, having personalized time with a spiritual director helps us be better companions to others.

Couch, spiritual director and certified shamanic practitioner, is the author of “Gracious Wild: A Shamanic Journey with Hawks.” She empowers people with the ability to explore life’s big questions by calling on nature, story and synchronicity as sources for guidance and healing. See her website, www.wildgratitude.com, for more information.

This program reflects the Unitarian Universalist principles of “Justice, equity and compassion in human relations” and “Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregation.”

The Pagosa Unitarian Universalist Fellowship welcomes people of all spiritual belief systems, ethnicities, gender identities and sexual orientations and invites you to enjoy refreshments and conversation after services, which are held Sundays at 10:30 a.m. in Unit B-15 of the Greenbriar Plaza. From North Pagosa Boulevard, turn onto Park Avenue; then turn into the Greenbriar Plaza, drive to the east side of the parking lot and look for the Unitarian Universalist sign, facing north. For further information, call 731-7900.

This story was posted on August 11, 2016.