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Story of the development and delivery of the PJD since 2007

The Profound Journey Dialogue experiment, which began in 2007, has been a “profound” experience for all concerned as events were scheduled first in the USA and later internationally.     


During the 1950-70’s, responding to the civil rights movement, the war in Viet Nam, and the emerging revolutions of the times, the Ecumenical Institute: Chicago (EI), developed and delivered concentrated events nationally and globally to tens of thousands, largely within the structures of faith communities and universities. The next two decades were devoted to building demonstrations of how communities working together could build a new future,  teaching local people to use the planning and engagement methods which could be used in their various civic activities and work places.


The dawning of the Twenty-First Century brought a new awareness of the Earth, the One Blue Marble we called home, as well as a new consciousness of our global diversity and a need for more inclusive language to speak of the interior deeps which seemed limited to our old language of care. The Profound Journey Dialogue, launched  in 2007, was one such experiment to renew language and content. From the memorable symbols and methods of the earlier foundational courses of the Ecumenical Institute (EI) along with its sister organization, the Institute of Cultural Affairs (ICA), staff members helped devise and share methods of possibility, courage, and significant action. Since 2007, the Profound Journey Dialogue (PJD) event, building on the legacy of the earlier courses, led diverse groups with these aims:

  • vital sense of community
  • deeper sense of meaning
  • vocational reflection
  • larger context and motivation for engagement
  • and methods that can sustain one on the journey


The PJD is created for this time of multicultural and Earth community evolution that leaves us humans dazed with angst and anticipation. Needed is  a concentrated event to reflect on what is going on within us and to rediscover what motivates us and sustains us to serve effectively. Clarence Snelling, a retired seminary professor used these words in describing the PJD event: “This seminar was the most appropriate setting for secular folks with secular ideas to face issues and make decisions, which have previously and primarily been available in theological contexts.”


175+ participants in 5 PJDs to date (add other Chicago events and Texas event)

  • 37 Denver PJD
  • 40 Midwest PJD (Dubuque)
  • 26 Northeast PJD (Metropolitan New York)
  • 37 Chicago PJD
  • 35 Northwest PJD (Seattle)
  • ( )Taipei, Taiwan, PJD (May 2011)
  • ( ) Nepal PJD (September 2011)  

(The PJD experiment, begun in 2007, is built upon the depth programs of EI/OE/ICA.

Find additional data for places where PJD has been held. Texas, Chicago, Shadow Rock)

Spirit Journey Retreat: Empowering Our Faith at The United Methodist Church of Northfield in Farmington, MN.  The retreat brochure,  overall curriculumparticipant folder; procedures for sessions 1 Friday night, 2 Saturday morning, 3 Saturday afternoon, 4 Saturday evening movie, 5 Sunday morning; songs and rituals; and  Final Report of Retreat February 16-18, 20007 with 39 participants.