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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for this soul-stretching series and the delightful geography-defying opportunity to be among Friends.
– Martha Penzer, Burlington, VT
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!Take me to the videos
During the Jewish High Holy Days, Jeff offers his non-traditional take on the atonement ritual of Tashlikh. Using silence, sharing, and music, we will examine our past year, considering what relevance “sin” might have in our lives and the role that symbolic gestures can play in our healing and restitution.
Participants are encouraged to join from near a body of water (but are welcome to join from wherever they may be.)
Jeff is Beacon Hill Friends House’s Residency and Operations Director, and has been involved with community living for more than 10 years. A musician and artist, Jeff’s band/collective Holy Sheboygan! contributed the background music found on many of these MIDWEEK recordings. You can often find him playing the piano and singing folk songs in the Friends House parlor or collecting macrame owls for his fiber owl sanctuary.
Walking a labyrinth as a form of prayer or meditation is an ancient spiritual practice. Unlike a maze, labyrinths aren’t a way to get lost, but a guided path inward (physically and spiritually), and back out into the world. However, you don’t have to walk a physical labyrinth in order to bring this practice back into your life. In this program, Sadelle will offer us a guided labyrinth drawing meditation using pencil, pen and paper.
Sadelle Wiltshire creates/teaches art as a spiritual practice. A labyrinth facilitator and contemplative artist , she leads workshops for diverse groups including Friends in the US and UK. She is presenting at the upcoming 2020 Labyrinth Society Gathering in September. Sadelle is a member of Putney Friends Meeting (VT).
You can check out Sadelle’s work at: https://www.sadellewiltshire.com
Visio Divina, or “sacred seeing” is an ancient spiritual practice (also a form of prayer) that helps us enable our hearts and imaginations to enter a sacred image in silence to see what the divine might be saying to us in the moment.
Evelyn Jadin (she/her/hers) feels a call to accompany people in their spiritual lives. In particular, she loves holding space for people to explore Spirit through the use of expressive arts and spiritual practices. Over the past 15 years, Evelyn has served in a variety of ministerial roles at different Quaker organizations. Evelyn lives with her wife Mary and their goofy dog Gracie, and two equally grumpy and silly cats named Pesto and Jezebel.
An experiential tour through (your own interior) hell. We will explore the four primary hero archetypes we all have and take a truthful gaze into the shadows within us. The goal is to identify which of our archetypes are missing (because they’ve been chased into the shadows).
Corwynn is a twelfth-generation Quaker who taught philosophy for 15 years at George Fox University before starting his own practice as a Hell Walker. As Virgil did for Dante, Corwynn helps people take the necessary but difficult path through their interior hell. He helps people enter their darkest shadows and find true Light. Corwynn lives on a few acres outside of Dundee, Oregon and works (and plays) from a treehouse 52 feet up a Redwood. He lives with my wife of 30 years and two teenage sons.
Check out Corwynn’s work at: corwynnbeals.com
Gender, as it is often understood in a binary, is a myth, but it is a myth that we are trained to believe from an early age and influences the way we interact with each other and the world. If not the gender binary, then what? So many stories of these cultures we live in center people who are male or female, nothing else, but we can expand our understandings of gender at work in our lives. In this practice, we will explore notions of gender, particularly identities beyond the binary, through the lens of storytelling. Included will be myths read aloud and photographs from Cai Quirk’s upcoming book Transcendence, and time to reflect and play with our understandings of gender together. Come as you are, whether you are a gender nerd like Cai or new to these topics.
Cai Quirk (they/them or ey/em) is a lifelong Quaker with passions for Witness, personal discernment, and diverse methods of spiritual deepening. With a gender that transcends binaries, Cai is practiced at deeply questioning societal expectations and norms and in shifting towards roots of individual and group integrity. Spiritual deepening, Witness, and integrity are expanded in Cai’s music and photography practices. Eir photography series Transcendence connects themes of spirituality, mythology, and gender diversity as related to global and timeless patterns. See more at caiquirk.com.
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Video coming soon!