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Margaret Benefiel to Lead Shalem Institute

Andover Newton congratulates Margaret Benefiel on her new appointment as Executive Director of The Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation.

Dr. Benefiel has taught at Andover Newton for 18 years and is executive director of Executive Soul LLC, which offers consulting, coaching, and spiritual direction for leaders and organizations. She is a member of Beacon Hill Friends Meeting in Boston and lives in Boston with her husband.

Shalem provides a variety of programs to support contemplative living and leadership, including retreats and one-on-one spiritual direction.

All of Shalem's "programs share a common, central grounding in the Christian contemplative tradition that encourages an awareness of God's immediate presence, humility in understanding God's ways, and a radical trust in God at work in our own lives and the lives of others," the institute's website notes. But its services have been sought out by participants "from many different denominations, faith traditions, and walks of life — all seeking connection, nurture and support."

Dr. Benefiel will continue to teach some Andover Newton courses in Ministerial Leadership and Christian Spiritual Practices during intensive sessions.

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