In this episode, we interview Teresa Blythe, a United Church of Christ minister with over two decades of experience as a spiritual director and spiritual direction trainer and supervisor. Throughout our conversation, Teresa shares her insights on the transformative power of spiritual direction, the importance of listening, and the role of a spiritual director in helping people on their spiritual life journey.
Teresa Blythe is an ordained United Church of Christ (UCC) minister who has been engaged in spiritual direction and discernment coaching with individuals, groups, and organizations since 1997. In 2015, she established the Phoenix Center for Spiritual Direction at First UCC Phoenix, followed by the Apprentice Training Program for aspiring spiritual directors in November of 2019.
With an M.Div. and Diploma in the Art of Spiritual Direction from San Francisco Theological Seminary, Teresa is a highly qualified practitioner in the field. She has authored notable books such as 50 Ways to Pray (Abingdon Press), Spiritual Direction 101: The Basics of Spiritual Guidance (Apocryphile Press), and co-authored Incline Your Ear: Cultivating Spiritual Awareness in Congregations (Fortress Press), a book on communal discernment.
Teresa’s expertise in spiritual direction and discernment coaching, as well as her experience in founding and managing the Phoenix Center and Apprentice Training Program, has made her a distinguished figure in the field. Her contributions to spiritual guidance and awareness have made an impact on both individuals and communities. Teresa is currently based in Phoenix, AZ and remains connected to First UCC Phoenix.