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. Check out our line up to see details about our facilitators and the practices they offer.

 

** This program is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC ** If you’d like to support this initiative and all of our work, you can do so here.

 

ACCESSIBILITY: We are now offering closed captioning for these events!

Questions? Contact our Program Manager, Jen, at program@bhfh.org. 

Thank you for this soul-stretching series and the delightful geography-defying opportunity to be among Friends.
– Martha Penzer, Burlington, VT

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In addition to these live events, we’re also offering shorter recordings of these spiritual practices. Each video is about 10-20 minutes long, and includes the entire explanation of the practice! So join us live or join us later! 

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June 9, 2021
Karen Tibbals | How can we see that of God in those we dislike?

Our country is divided. We don’t talk to each other. How can we learn to love one another and bring peace? Karen Tibbals has mined the latest in psychology research to find a commonality that we all have and can use to help us see the other in a new way.  Endorsed by Richard Rohr, Karen’s book is a “helpful guide to understanding people in new way, so you can talk to them more productively.” 

 

Karen Tibbals is a passionate researcher and author who came to writing books after studying why people act the way they do for decades as part of her successful corporate career in marketing researcher. She took a detour from her career for a degree in Religion and Quaker Studies from Earlham School of Religion. She was so excited about what she learned that it totally changed how she thought about life! To capture these thoughts, she written two books about how these theories apply to life and to marketing and marketing research. Learn more about Karen’s work at: https://persuadedontpreach.com/

June 16, 2021
Sarah Freeman-Woolpert | Finding our place in movements for social change

Each of us has an important role to play in the powerful social movements of our time, from addressing the climate crisis to ending endless wars. In this session, we will use creative approaches to examine Bill Moyer’s Four Roles of Social Activism as a tool to understand how we can feel most connected, effective, and empowered as we work for social transformation. 

 

Sarah Freeman-Woolpert is the National Field Organizer at the Friends Committee on National Legislation. She is also a writer and Associate Editor for Waging Nonviolence, one of the leading online publications about nonviolent social movements, and has worked as a youth facilitator in the U.S. and Bosnia-Herzegovina leading programs on activism and social change. 

 

You can read Sarah’s writing at: www.wagingnonviolence.org, and check out Sarah’s work at: www.fcnl.org

June 23, 2021
Phoebe HR | Bringing Work Home with Us

In a best-case scenario our day jobs can be a source of spiritual renewal, deeper connection to our bodies and surroundings, and a medium through which to serve our communities. But more often than not, our pay-the-bills jobs also create bitterness, resentment, hurt, and spiritual blockages. Without attempting to offer any cure-alls for the ways capitalism and the ethic of American Individualism harm us and limit our connection to the divine and our spiritual communities, Phoebe will be using this MIDWEEK to share her practice of building personally meaningful labor into her daily routines, and to create a dialog about the work that renews and impassions us when we are fatigued beyond the help of resting.

 

Sometimes self-care is working more, and sometimes working more is just learning more, living more, and listening more deeply!

 

An agricultural worker and occasional digital artist, Phoebe was raised at Friends Meeting at Cambridge and in the NEYM youth programs before attending Guilford College. She has worked in livestock, vegetable, dairy, and timber production as well as doing food systems education and activism. 

June 30, 2021
Christopher A. Greene | Preliminaries to Meditation

In this practice, Christopher will guide participants through a brief introduction of the origins of “meditation” as it has been received by the U.S. during the 20th century; issues with the translation from “dhyana”; the context of the term, and how it is meant to be understood from it’s Vedic/Hindu origins in Yoga. The practice itself involves sitting, pulling our senses inward, and then being with, and observing, the fluctuations of our mind in an intentional fashion.


Chris Greene is a Spiritual Director and founder of an independent counseling practice that offers integrated coaching, therapy & spiritual direction. His practices weave together principles and practices from psychological counseling and performance/athletic coaching with wisdom from spiritual traditions with the intention of inner well-being and spiritual development.

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Check out our recorded MIDWEEK spiritual practices

June 2, 2021
David Coletta and Jen Higgins-Newman | Exploring Hybridity

May 26, 2021
Hazel Monae | Sound of the Genuine: Howard Thurman as a Spiritual Teacher

May 19, 2021
Jennifer Higgins-Newman | Meditations on hazelnuts and a Mobius strip

May 12, 2021
Rachel Shields Ebersole | The Magic of Seasons

May 5, 2021
Daniel Ayers | Sad Songs to Make You Smile

April 28, 2021
David Coletta | Deepening your experience of worship online

April 21, 2021
Rev. Megan McDermott | Filling the Gaps: Poetry as Exploration of Scriptural Silence

April 14, 2021
Lilia Fick | Gratitude as Prayer

April 7, 2021
Emily Ling | Moral Bricolage

March 31, 2021
Anthony Christopher-Smith | A Faith Full of Questions

March 24, 2021
Lynette Davis | First we dance, then we write

March 17, 2021
Mason Mennenga | Blackout Bible

March 10, 2021
Busshō Lahn | Two Zen Practices to Ground You

March 3, 2021
Wess Daniels | Reading the Bible with Empathy

February 24, 2021
Abby Matchette | How to feel God's love under the weight of perfectionism

February 17, 2021
Rachel Shields Ebersole | Collage Journaling

February 10, 2021
Briana Halliwell | Learning to Follow Your True Heart's Call

February 3, 2021
Ryan and Jen Higgins-Newman | Listening for the Light in each other

January 27, 2021
Lillian Campbell | Holding your center by centering your core

January 20, 2021
Greg Woods | Connecting With God Through Fiber Arts

January 13, 2021
Andrew Kimble | Jazz Spirituali-Tea

December 16, 2020
Rachel Shields Ebersole | Spiritual Journey Mapping

December 9, 2020
James Rider | Anyone Can Lobby for Immigration Reform

December 2, 2020
Emma Turcotte | Rewriting the Script: An Exercise in Translating the Divine

November 18, 2020
Jen Higgins-Newman | Divine Unsaying

November 11, 2020
Annie Storr | Exercises for the Quiet Eye

November 4, 2020
LJ Boswell | Seeking the Post-Election Light Through Creating a Personal Mandala

October 28, 2020
Bobby Trice, FCNL | Remembering the Roots of Quaker Advocacy

October 21, 2020
Cai Quirk | Myths of Gender

October 14, 2020 Dr. Corwynn Beals | Guided Tour through Hell -Finding Missing Archetypes in Your Deepest Shadows

Evelyn Jadin | Listening to Images - The Spiritual Practice of Visio Divina

September 30, 2020 Sadelle Wiltshire | Labyrinth Walks in Pen and Ink - A Guided Interactive Art Meditation

September 23, 2020 Jeffrey Edenberg | Tashlikh: A Reflection

September 16, 2020
Greg Woods | Seeing Ourselves as Whole and Perfect in an Ableist World

September 9, 2020 Monica Citty Hix | Sacred Listening

September 2, 2020
Su Penn | Poetically Magical Moments

August 26, 2020
Adria Gulizia | Lectio Divina: Reading for the Voice of God

August 19, 2020
Carl Testa & Rachel Devorah Rome | Sound, Space, Light

August 12, 2020
Holly Baldwin | Chrysalis Time

August 5, 2020
Vickie Wu | Food and Love: Nurturing, Nourishing, and Connecting

July 29, 2020
Ruth Cutcher | A Meeting of Mystical Practices

July 22, 2020
Joey Hartmann-Dow | Looking for Light

July 15, 2020
Zenaida Peterson | Secrets the Body Tells Us

July 8, 2020
Lina Blount | Creativity and our Agency to Create Change

July 1, 2020
Cai Quirk | Opening to Transformation

June 24, 2020
Tema Okun | Catching our Conditioning

June 17, 2020
Eppchez Yes | Finding Movement for Worship

June 10, 2020
Katie Breslin | Finding Strength in Community

June 3, 2020
Evan McManamy | Seekers After Embodied Truth