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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.
In addition to these live events, we’re also offering recordings of the spiritual practices here and on Facebook and Instagram. So join us live or join us later!
Check out our facilitator lineup!
June 3, 2020
Evan McManamy | Seekers After Embodied Truth
How do we find Truth in our bodies? How do we find Light? How can all of our “Holding in the Light” flow from that seeking and that finding?
Evan will share a practice from his experience in trauma therapy bodywork. There will be space for us to share with each other in whatever ways our technologies allow.
Evan L McManamy LMT is a licensed massage therapist in a trauma therapy bodywork practice. One foundation of his work is a mindfulness-based approach to embodied trauma therapy that is currently being studied by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) at NIH. He works in concert with other healthcare providers in Rhode Island: his work forms part of a multidimensional approach in addressing the psychological and embodied effects of trauma and chronic pain.
One of Evan’s current projects is cartwheelRI: a donation-based grocery delivery nonprofit. See www.cartwheelRI.org for more information.
Check out Evan’s work: www.ELMtherapies.com
June 10, 2020
Katie Breslin | Finding Strength in Community
Who is supporting you right now? How can we bring others into the beauty of our lives? In this chaotic world, we are not meant to do our life’s work online. How can we honor the gifts that others have in our community and compliment them with our own?
As Friends, we believe in corporate discernment and support. During this worship, Katie will lead an intentional activity to consider the ways that others can support us in our lives.
Katie Breslin is a member of Friends Meeting of Washington and is currently sojourning at West Richmond Friends Meeting. She is a first-year student at Earlham School of Religion. Before moving to Richmond, Katie was the young adult program manager at Friends Committee on National Legislation. You can follow her on Twitter at @katiebreslin.
Check out Katie’s work here: www.katiebreslin.com
June 17, 2020
Eppchez Yes | Finding Movement for Worship
A practice for grounding in your body and using movement to invite spirit in deeper.
Eppchez Yes is a transgender Cuban and Jewish Quaker theater artist and designer living in Philadelphia. Ey grew up in Northampton Monthly Meeting and still attends NEYM sessions whenever possible. A strong believer in the interruption of harmful systems Eppchez works with Friends General Conference facilitating around Quaker welcoming practices and understanding & healing white supremacy. As a clown, a mover, and a Cuban, stillness in Quaker worship has always given Eppchez trouble and ey is excited to share eir spirit inviting embodiment practice.
Check out Eppchez’s work here: almasengine.com
June 24, 2020
Tema Okun | Catching our Conditioning
How to catch (notice) and meet our fear-based cultural conditioning (into racism, sexism, gender, class, and other oppressions) with compassion in order to deepen our relationships with others, ourselves, and god.
Tema Okun has spent over 30 years working and learning alongside leaders, organizations, schools, and community focused on racial justice and equity. She is white and Jewish, a writer, artist, and poet deeply committed to racial justice and Palestinian solidarity. She lives in Durham NC where she is fortunate to live in and among beloved community. Her current project is deepening her ability to love her neighbor as herself. She is finding the instruction easy and the follow through challenging, given how we live in a culture that is afraid to help us do either or both.
Check out Tema’s work here: www.dismantlingracism.org
While this event is free and open to the public, your donation today will help us continue putting these events on, paying our facilitators for their excellent work, and support all of our other work!CHIP IN TODAY