Spiritual Direction

What is Spiritual Direction?

“Spiritual direction explores a deeper relationship with the spiritual aspect of being human. Simply put, spiritual direction is helping people tell their sacred stories everyday.” Liz Budd Ellmann, MDiv, Executive Director, Spiritual Directors International

“Spiritual direction is a time-honored term for a conversation, ordinarily between two persons, in which one person consults another, more spiritually experienced person about the ways in which God may be touching her or his life, directly or indirectly.”

Dana’s  spiritual direction practice includes:
  • One-on-one meetings with individuals to explore transitions, grief, loss, trauma, journey, spirituality, spiritual practice, and goals
  • Writing as a spiritual practice
  • Meditation classes for groups and instruction for individuals
  • Life coaching
Currently accepting clients. Contact Dana at dana@jdanatrent.com for rates and additional information.

Client Testimonial
“Rev. Trent is an amazingly gifted and inspirational woman. Through the presence of peace, she creates a warm welcoming environment of safety and trust. Her ability to listen wholeheartedly, as well as offer insightful reflective wisdom, is refreshing and life-changing. During many challenging times, I have benefited from her supportive guidance and spiritual direction. Additionally, with her assistance, I have been able to more discern hard life choices with clarity and move forward with a deeper sense of assurance and purpose.”

The Rev. J. Dana Trent is an ordained a Baptist minister. She received a Master of Divinity degree from Duke University Divinity School and has served as a resident chaplain specializing in death and dying for the UNC Hospitals Department of Pastoral Care. After her residency year, Dana served on the Duke Divinity School staff, working with the Office of the Chaplain the Anglican Episcopal House of Studies. Most recently, she has been an advocate for Triangle children affected by abuse through her position as the Communications and Development Coordinator at the Center for Child & Family Health.

Dana’s parish ministry experiences include two terms as the Olin T. Binkley Baptist Church’s Interim Minister of Christian Education (2005-06 and summer of 2008), and work as the Racial Reconciliation Campus Ministry Intern for Union Baptist Church and Watts Street Baptist Church (2004-05). She is currently a member of Binkley Church’s diaconate where she has provided pastoral care to congregants since 2008.

Dana blogs on various spiritual topics and is the author of several articles, personal essays, and book reviews. She has taught a writer’s workshop for the North Carolina Jaycees Burn Center Annual Adult Burn Survivor annual retreat and led a support group for the annual Burn Survivor Reunion.

Dana specializes in care surrounding issues of grief and loss, life transitions, and interfaith topics.


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