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Individual Spiritual Discernment: Receiving, Testing, and Implementing Leadings from a Higher Power

By Jerry Knutson

Pendle Hill Pamphlet #443 (February 2017)

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This pamphlet presents – in a kind of how-to format – methods for receiving individual spiritual guidance; testing the guidance using methods that give both reliable and ambiguous results; and implementing the guidance. The pamphlet concludes with suggestions on using spiritual disciplines to build a better relationship with a Higher Power. Discussion questions included.

About the Author(s)

Jerry Knutson received a bachelor’s degree in 1974 and a master’s degree in Environmental Engineering in 1976. He began worshiping with Quakers in the mid 1980s. In 2002–03, he worked on spiritual discernment as a resident student at Pendle Hill. In 2014, he received a master of divinity degree from Earlham School of Religion with an emphasis on Christian Spirituality. From 2005 to 2014, his work on spiritual discernment was under the care of Pittsburgh Friends Meeting. His ongoing ministry in spirituality, discernment, Quakerism, and prisoner visitation and support has been under the care of Orlando Friends Meeting since 2015. While writing this pamphlet, Jerry was working on a certificate in Spiritual Formation from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. He has dual memberships in Orlando Friends Meeting in Florida and Monongalia Friends Meeting in Morgantown, West Virginia, spending six months per year in each area.

Pendle Hill Pamphlet #443