My name is ... Megan Nagel

Spiritual director accompanies people through difficult questions

Posted 1/2/19

About me I was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. I moved to Denver in 1995 to go to Regis University. I got married in 1997 and moved to Highlands Ranch in 2000. We’ve lived here for almost …

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My name is ... Megan Nagel

Spiritual director accompanies people through difficult questions

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About me

I was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. I moved to Denver in 1995 to go to Regis University. I got married in 1997 and moved to Highlands Ranch in 2000. We’ve lived here for almost 19 years. I like to ski, read and do puzzles.

I was a stay-at-home mom until my youngest was in preschool — I have three boys, ages 15, 13 and 10. In 2011, I started to look at graduate schools because I was very interested in spirituality. I noticed that every time I was in conversation with people, whether at play group or the park or the grocery store, somehow we always were talking about our spiritual lives and where God was or was not present in our lives.

I got a master’s in art in pastoral and spiritual care from Iliff School of Theology in Denver.

As a spiritual director

Some spiritual directors work with churches. I work by myself. Spiritual directors do not advertise but there is a website, Spiritual Directors International, where we are listed by zip code.

My practice looks similar to a therapy session — it’s therapeutic but it’s not therapy. We meet for usually an hour once a month. We are talking about spiritual life and sometimes it takes a while for what we talk about to be reflected on. We talk about how God is or isn’t living in someone’s life. If someone is really struggling and suffering, we talk about how to walk with God through that. I companion a lot of people through grief in the sense that maybe they lost someone or are feeling alone, especially in Highlands Ranch where so many of us don’t have our family here.

On mental health

Often when people are dealing with something traumatic, like a suicide or a school shooting, somewhere they are asking the question of God. People are saying, “How does God allow something like this to happen?”

It’s allowing someone to ask that question in a safe way and walking through that with them. God is one of the first questions people ask in trauma or suffering or for hope or comfort. I think that we are missing part of the puzzle. Spiritual directors do more listening and comforting and often we don’t have places like that to go.

Fun fact

We are trying to visit every capitol in the United States. We are up to 26. It has been the most fun way to see America.

We try to hit a few at a time. This summer we will travel to five on the east coast.

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