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
Participants can expect a semi-programmed session of songs and stories intended to provoke minds and center hearts. Our session will culminate in a reflective songwriting activity.
A middle school history teacher by day, Daniel Ayers moonlights as an award-winning songwriter, bringing his arresting voice and razor-sharp wit to audiences across North Carolina and beyond. You can learn more about Daniel’s music at https://danielayers.net/listen.
When you start to think about it, the “four seasons” we all learned in preschool probably don’t really match the cycle of the natural world where you live. And having them as a default framework can keep us from observing what’s actually happening around us.
We’ll spend some time contemplating our current season, reflecting on the natural and personal events that characterize this time in your life where you live. We’ll share our observations with each other (one of my favorite parts), and we’ll go home with fresh ideas on how to celebrate and fully live into this season.
You may wish to register in advance in order to download and print the worksheet we’ll be using. If this isn’t possible, don’t worry! But please do bring a blank sheet of paper or two. All participants will benefit from having a pencil and eraser, along with their favorite writing utensils, and some scrap paper to jot down notes and ideas.
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 lives in Milwaukee, WI. This session is based on Rachel’s workbook, The Magic of Seasons, available for purchase here.
“And in this he showed me a little thing, the quantity of a hazel nut, lying in the palm of my hand, as it seemed. And it was as round as any ball. I looked upon it with the eye of my understanding, and thought, ‘What may this be?’ And it was answered generally thus, ‘It is all that is made.'”
In this practice, Jen will offer some meditations and embodied practices to ground and challenge us, based on mystic Julian of Norwich’s life and thought. Participants should bring a piece of paper, and a hazelnut (if possible).
Jen Higgins-Newman is a Quaker, mystic, theologian, writer, activist and currently the Program Manager at Beacon Hill Friends House. She is a member of Beacon Hill Friends Meeting, New England Yearly Meeting, and she holds a Master of Theological Studies from Vanderbilt Divinity School. Jen writes for the Barclay Press Illuminate series, serves on the NEYM host committee for gatherings of spiritual life and ministry, and is looking forward to sharing a spiritual practice dear to her heart.
“There is something in every one of you that waits, listens for the sound of the genuine in yourself.” – Howard Thurman
Ready to let the sound of the genuine flow through you? Ready to cultivate practices that tune you to your authentic self? During this practice, participants will draw on the commencement address of Howard Thurman and explore practices that will help your discern our authentic spiritual voices.
Hazel enjoys seeing the world through travel, eating spicy food and laughing heartily. She received her BA from Willamette University and her M.Div from Boston University. She is a proud aunt, skilled in the art of word searches, loves to sing and is a huge fan of orca whales. Learn more about Hazel at: www.hazelmonae.com
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