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
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/
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
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.
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.
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