In the Quaker tradition of Midweek (Wednesday) worship, we at the Friends House are excited to bring you MIDWEEK: Experiments in Faithfulness. This is a weekly, one-hour, facilitated spiritual practice with Quaker flavor and an experimental ethos. Each week, a guest facilitator will engage us in a unique spiritual practice that is meaningful to them, and that we can bring into our own lives.
** This program is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC **
Questions? Contact our Program Director, Jen, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, Nov. 20, 2:00 - 4:00 PM (ET): Unknowing God
Saturday, Dec. 4, 2:00 - 4:00 PM (ET): Seeking
“We shall not be able to rebuild our shattered world until we recover our faith in eternal realities, and we shall not do that until we discover spirit within ourselves.” – Rufus Jones, The Inner Life
What does it look like to cultivate inward life today? What kinds of support, practices, and communities might we need in order to get in touch with the divine or Light within?
Part of the grounding of Quakerism is the experience of the Inward Light — that divine spark that lives in us. But Friends don’t always talk about what that kind of experience is like, or the practices that help access those experiences.
Discovering Spirit Within Ourselves is a series of workshops meant to delve deeper into mystical spiritual traditions. Rooted in Quaker beliefs, these workshops will use Quaker theology and other spiritual traditions to help participants discover the spirit within themselves.
This workshop is for everyone — Quakers and non-Quakers, no matter where you fall on the question of “God” (including theists and non-theists), or whether you have engaged in a practice like this before.
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For the month of January, the Beacon Hill Friends House invites you to join us on Zoom each Monday morning to explore both your personal meditation practice, as well as a group meditation practice led by Sofia Post. We will end with some guiding questions to help assess how the practice can serve your wellness as well as some fellowship to connect with those around you who are seeking similar things.
Guided meditation topics include; January 10th – warmth, January 17th – sound, January 21st – breath, and January 31st – movement.
WALKING WITH THE BIBLE is a monthly bilingual series of Bible hours (2 hours each) on January 22, February 26, and March 26. Sponsored by FWCC/CMCA.
In this series, Peter Blood-Patterson will welcome a series of different Friends as guest leaders (Emma Condori on Jan. 22, Cristela Martinez on Feb. 26, and Nelson Ayala Amaya on March 26). We will have a chance to hear what role the Bible plays in each of these Friends’ lives and to hear what approaches to the Bible they find work in their personal practice and group settings, and we will read and discuss a piece of Scripture that is meaningful for them.
In this gathering for conversation, facilitated by Gail Melix and LJ Boswell, we will explore the deep interconnections between cliamte and racial justice, issues too often treated as separate. What happens when we bring them together?
Gail Melix is a member of Sandwich Monthly Meeting and serves as clerk of NEYM Earthcare Ministry. She is a board member of Native Land Conservancy, a Wampanoag-led organization that rescues land.
LJ Boswell currently attends Putney Friends Meeting and was a founding member of Noticing Patterns of Oppression and Faithfulness Working Group of New England Yearly Meeting.
This gathering is funded through a grant from the Obediah Brown Benevolent Fund and is free and open to all.
George Fox once said, “ye have no time but this present time.” What does it mean to heed that advice, as Friends, when it comes to the crises of our era?
Friends have a long relationship with taking corporate action around issues of peace, specifically in regard to war and conscientious objection. From climate change, to racial injustices our country and our world face additional crises that Friends in New England have felt called to urgently respond to. But what does that look like?
In this workshop, Minga Claggett-Borne and Carole Rein will invite participants to consider what Quaker ministry through taking political action can look like, and how they might be called to step into making change.
Using presentation, individual reflection, worship-sharing, and drawing on their experiences, including Minga’s 10-day trip to Minnesota in support of Indigenous resistance to the Enbridge pipeline and Carole’s arrest at the Bow, NH coal-powered plant for trespassing while promoting climate justice (which is now destined for a full jury trial), the workshop leaders will help us think about how we can respond to the Call to Right Relations with Indigenous people and with our planet.
During the era of U.S. Segregation, Black Americans had to carefully plan their travels in order to avoid unwelcoming businesses and potentially dangerous situations. Against this societal backdrop, from 1936 to 1966 Victor Green — a Black postal worker from Harlem, NYC — published the Green Book, a guide for Black Americans which helped them identify safe and welcoming services and recreation while traveling.
This talk will be a place for folks to explore and grapple with history that may be surprising and uncomfortable — but important to understand nonetheless. In conjunction with Nur’s talk, LJ Boswell will offer an opening centering practice and afterward guide us through both small and whole group discussions.
Nur Shoop is a Sankofa Scholar and lead tour guide with the Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire and has been with BHTNH for 8 years. Nur runs the “Thirst for Freedom tour,” which focuses on the Portsmouth area’s slave economy through the civil rights movement, and “the Green Book tour.” An experienced tour guide, Nur has developed key strategies for sharing and interpreting conflicting histories, and is certified as a guide by the National Association for Interpretation.
LJ Boswell is white, a Quaker, educator, interfaith chaplain, social justice activist and artist. As such, LJ nourishes curiosity and creativity in order for us to process, heal and come alive! They offer Spiritual Direction, anti-racist education and social justice coaching to groups and individuals.
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