The goal of this online weekend workshop is to help us enter more deeply the truth in our hearts and connect more profoundly with the divine Presence in ourselves and in all of life. We will explore a number of practices to help us do so, including discernment exercises, supportive listening, evoking questions, focusing on God, collective sensing, and meeting for worship. We’ll be accompanied by the words and stories of early Quakers, along with the gifts of continuing revelation in our time. Exercises in pairs and small groups will provide opportunities for intimate spiritual sharing and help us move beyond internal barriers that have impeded our faithfulness. The gathered community that forms among us will support each participant to collectively access the healing and guiding Presence of God in deeper ways and provide encouragement to boldly follow our leadings as we face the challenges of today. The Holy Accompaniment practices we’ll explore are especially helpful when used in spiritual friendships, clearness committees, and faithfulness groups.
Those who want to do some advance reading may find it helpful to read one or more of Marcelle’s three Pendle Hill pamphlets, Invitation to a Deeper Communion (PHP #366), Holding One Another in the Light (PHP #382), and A Culture of Faithfulness (PHP #462), or her recent book, A Guide to Faithfulness Groups. However, no advance reading is required.
This program will be online via Zoom and will follow this schedule:
Saturday: 9:30am-noon (break mixed in), 1pm-2:30pm, 4pm-5:30pm, 7:30pm-9:00pm
Sunday: 9:30am-noon (break mixed in)
NB: All scheduled sessions are Eastern Time (US & Canada).
Marcelle Martin, author of Our Life is Love: The Quaker Spiritual Journey, and A Guide to Faithfulness Groups, has led workshops at retreat centers and Quaker meetings across the United States. She was the resident Quaker Studies teacher at Pendle Hill for four years and a core teacher for the 9-month program, “Nurturing Faithfulness.” A Culture of Faithfulness (PHP #462) is her third Pendle Hill pamphlet. On her blog, A Whole Heart (awholeheart.com), she shares inspiration to help us be all God has created us to be. A member of Swarthmore Friends Meeting, she lives in Chester, PA with her husband, Terry.
Financial aid may be available. If you are seeking funds to participate in this program, click to review and complete our Financial Assistance Application and a Pendle Hill staff member will follow-up with you shortly (please do NOT register online). Thank you for your interest.