To all those who sense a divine power we often call God,
To all those who want to believe but are not sure,
To all those who are a part of a faith community but wish for something more,
To all those who have been hurt by the church or people who claim the title Christian,
To all those who seek a spiritual companion to help guide their life's journey,
To all those who serve as pastors but are in need of a pastor themselves.
My name is Rich Nelson and I'm an Episcopal priest, a spiritual director, a poet, an author, a potter (in training), and a pilgrim. I create resources as a direct support to individuals and small groups who seek something different than they might find in a traditional church setting. I do this primarily through my online spiritual formation project, following The Way. Head on over to the following The Way website to learn more and join the journey.
Below you will also find a link to my children's faith and nature program based on the lives of St. Francis and St. Clare called Francis and Friends and other curricula I've written independently and for groups such as The Work of the People.
If you'd like to connect, you can reach me here. I'm happy to visit about leading a retreat for your community or exploring the possibility of being your spiritual director.
I seek to see the world through the eyes of a poet.
I seek to serve the world with the heart of a priest.
I seek to beautify the world with the hands of a potter.
I seek to be in the world with the feet of a pilgrim.
I seek to live a life deeply formed, informed, and transformed by the incredible power of the Four Paths (known in various faith traditions as the Shema, the Five Pillars, the Eightfold Path, and in my own tradition as the Great Commandment) loving God and others with all my Heart, Soul, Mind and Strength.
I simply call it The Way.
I seek to follow The Way by incarnating the love of Christ in this messed up, beautiful world.
Francis and Friends is a "faith and nature" resource to introduce children to the stories of St. Francis and St. Clare of Assisi and send them outdoors to be filled with awe and wonder and to strengthen family bonds.
for churches, nature clubs, schools and families
SDI New Contemplatives
I am profoundly honored to be called a part of the "future of spiritual companionship" by Spiritual Directors International. Along with these ten other people, I was one of SDI's "New Contemplatives" for 2019.