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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Check out our facilitator lineup!

January 13, 2021
Andrew Kimble | Jazz Spirituali-Tea

Sometimes it’s difficult to center oneself amid the hustle and bustle of life (even, and some might say especially, in the COVID-19 era). To help you kick-off the new year with intentionality, join us for a session of Jazz Spirituali-Tea, which will combine expressive Jazz music, your favorite choice of tea, and creative writing.


Rev. Andrew E. Kimble is from Los Angeles, CA, and currently resides in Roxbury, MA. Alongside his ministerial responsibilities at the historic Charles Street AME Church, Andrew is the assistant director of alumni and donor relations at the Boston University School of Theology. 

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

When the pandemic started, Greg Woods picked up knitting again to get through Zoom meetings. It is through this medium, Greg has rediscovered a way to settle into worship amid his own fidgety self.

 

Bring your own fiber art, or if you don’t have one, bring something that you can do with your hands in a meditative practice. We will reflect on fiber arts and the practice of centering into worship.

 

Greg Woods first learned how to knit as a teenager to make a scarf for a crush. Since that time, he has made scarves, hats, and dish clothes for family and friends. Lately, he has been knitting baby blankets and stuff for his 4 1/2-year-old daughter, Margaret Rae. Greg is a Quaker minister currently working for Friends Meeting at Cambridge and lives with his family in the Allston neighborhood of Boston.

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

** This is an intergenerational event, and we are especially inviting Junior High Yearly Meeting (JHYM) folks!  Registrants under 18 will need to provide contact information for a parent or guardian. **


Quaker practice draws much from biblical tapestry concerning the dichotomy of light and dark, oceans of chaos and order, and in truth the simply entropy in manipulating the existence thrust upon/into us as vessels of light. Since our genesis, this practice of self-expanse to hold the rich nuances of our own ever-evolving relationship with spirituality, and deep commitment towards recognizing an ocean of equal proportion and light in others, has made us tremble to our core.


But what if there were a better way? Hi, my name is Lilly Campbell, and I will be leading a 30 minute body weight circuit to strengthen your core and sculpt that light! With over 6 years of experience leading workshops for Young Friends and JHYM which have been glowingly reviewed as “a food-processor of spiritual metaphors and body weight strength training tips,” my goal is to give you the tools to not only tremble in the face of the awe-inspiring beauty of existence, but also the washboard abs sure to adorn your inner light after this 30 minute session. 

 

Participants of all levels are encouraged to come and no equipment is necessary other than some space on the floor. This will include activities such as pushups, crunches, wall sits, and planks. Modifications for different abilities will be provided. 

 

Lilly Campbell is a Young Adult Friend at New England Yearly Meeting and has most recently attended Northampton Friends Meeting. In her infinite free time she enjoys gardening, mountain biking, reading science fiction, and staffing retreats with JHYM.


** Lilly Campbell and Jen Higgins-Newman have both been trained in child safety and background-checked by New England Yearly Meeting of Friends. **

December 16, 2020
Rachel Shields Ebersole | Spiritual Journey Mapping

Reflect on your spiritual journey through making a creative “map,” noting highs and lows, turning points, landmarks, paths not taken, and the roads branching out in front of you now. Clear some space, grab some markers, and let’s discover new treasures in the twists and turns.

 

Rachel requests that attendees bring these things to the practice: 

– A large-ish drawing surface (you may want to consider taping a few sheets of paper together)

– A pencil & eraser

– A variety of drawing implements, such as colored pencils, crayons, markers

– Something to jot notes on

– Optional: Your preferred background sounds or music 

 

With a passion for creating community in every form she can think of, Rachel was active in community development in Woodstock, VT, most recently ran a coworking space in Portland, OR, and is currently taking time off to do creative exploration and incubation of whatever beautiful thing is next. She now lives in Milwaukee, WI.

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Check out our recorded MIDWEEK spiritual practices

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