Welcome to the website of Hearts on Fire, the Fellowship of United Methodist Spiritual Directors and Retreat Leaders. We’ve created this website to extend our ministry of sharing our thoughts, hopes and dreams for ministries of spiritual formation within the UMC.
Our goal is to provide formational leaders with opportunities for connection, networking, resourcing and support. As an affiliate organization of the General Board of Discipleship under the division of the Upper Room, we work to advocate for and educate about the ministries of spiritual direction and retreat leadership at every level of the United Methodist Church.
Hearts on Fire has a deep desire to advance the goals of spiritual formation: the transformation of lives and the deepening of discipleship. It is our sincere hope that as you browse the pages of our website, you feel a connection to kindred souls and a source of nurture, fellowship and practical help for your ministry of spiritual formation.
Partnership Offers Continuing Education
Hearts on Fire is proudly partners with the Rueben Job Institute for Spiritual Formation at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. The Rueben Job Institute offers quality on-line continuing education courses in spiritual formation that we will promote and will receive advance notification of course registration openings. Read more about this partnership here.
Reverend Dr. Brenda Buckwell Featured in SDI Video
Hearts On Fire is offering a teaching video produced by Spiritual Directors International (SDI), an interfaith professional organization for spiritual directors, featuring our own Director of Learning and Formation, the Reverend Dr. Brenda Buckwell. In the video Sandra Lommasson, spiritual director and founder and co-director of Bread of Life in Sacramento, California, and Brenda discuss Brenda’s work with marginalized people in Columbus, Ohio using the principles of group spiritual direction building safe communities of compassion. Brenda is an ordained Elder in the West Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church where she serves as a pastor and spiritual director. She is the co-founder of Hearts On Fire. The video is about 10 minutes long.