Daphne Reiley is a member of the First Christian Church of Decatur (Disciples of Christ). As a part of her calling, Daphne provides spiritual support and nurture to shut-ins and their caregivers, including providing holy communion. Daphne’s heartfelt call is to continue to provide spiritual nurture to those living with dementia throughout their journey with the disease. As a response, she takes a regular Vespers Communion Service to Northlake Gardens Assisted Living Residence in Tucker, Georgia, the second Sunday of each month.
Daphne is a Spiritual Director who is finishing up her training with Columbia Theological Seminary and anticipates completing the certificate in 2018. The practice of spiritual direction is that of providing a presence as individuals seek to grow closer in relationship to God. Daphne’s focus in her own practice is working with caregivers, elders, and those in transition.
Daphne holds a Certificate in Spiritual Formation from Columbia Theological Seminary, awarded in September of 2010. She has offered group Sunday school classes on subjects such as lectio divina and centering prayer, lectio divina and journaling, and an exploration of one’s spiritual history by learning to write a spiritual autobiography.
She keynotes conferences, presents workshops and seminars on issues important to caregivers and non-caregivers alike at retreats and assemblies, and seeks to enrich others’ faith journeys through a ministry of presence and prayer.
Currently, Daphne is completing a memoir of her journey with her son as he has moved through his transition, and anticipates the book being published by the end of the year.