Studies have shown that the number of people who suffer loneliness has significantly increased in recent years. Many report they do not have someone to confide in about personal concerns. This group focuses on the meaning and cultivation of friendship. Spiritual direction will be supplemented with practical attention to interpersonal communication skills. Topics include friendship as a spiritual practice, trust, awareness of emotions and moods, communicating clearly, non-verbal and verbal cues, listening, managing conflict, the role of prayer in cultivating relationships, and more. The group meets weekly for 90 minute sessions over a 9 months period.