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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April 7, 2021
Emily Ling | Moral Bricolage

We all inherit and are formed by a variety of spiritual, cultural, and relational values, and we all must reconfigure these ingredients of morals and traditions for our current life and times. In this introduction to the practice of moral bricolage, I will offer an invitation to reflect on how we may fashion creative and ethical beauty out of the bits of our own unique stories so as to create a mosaic of spiritual grounding for our future journeys. 

 

Emily Ling (she/her) lives and works in the intersection of spirituality, social justice, ecology, and creativity. She holds masters degrees in Public Affairs and Divinity, and worked for years in the field of criminal justice policy reform before embarking on her current job as a full-time farmer who engages regenerative agriculture to empower marginalized communities. 

April 14, 2021
Lilia Fick | Gratitude as Prayer

Lilia will invite us along for an exploration of the practice of gratitude and how that practice has evolved along the way for Lilia.

 

Lilia Fick (she/they/ey) lives on the unceded territory of the Algonquin People in a place commonly known as Ottawa, ON, Canada. She/ey have been a lifelong Quaker and try to “let her/eir life speak.” She/ey are a member of Ottawa MM, Canadian YM and Canadian Young Friends YM. Since the pandemic hit, she/ey have felt incredibly blessed to have the opportunity to travel to many Yearly Meetings; Quaker conferences, gatherings and workshops; and to attend Pendle Hill’s daily Meeting for Worship, all from the comfort of her own home.

April 21, 2021
Rev. Megan McDermott | Filling the Gaps: Poetry as Exploration of Scriptural Silence

By their very nature, texts that are meaningful or sacred to us will never fully answer the questions we might have for them or completely portray all the perspectives and possibilities of their characters. Using the Bible and some of her own poems, Megan will lead us in how we might write poetry as a way of exploring what’s left unsaid or given little attention in a text; she will also direct us towards the opportunity to read poetry that explores those silences as well! 

 

Megan McDermott is a poet and Episcopal priest living in Western Massachusetts. Her first poetry chapbook (a small collection of poems), Prayer Book for Contemporary Dating, will be published by Ethel micro-press later this year, and her work has been in a variety of journals, including The Christian Century, Relief: A Journal of Art + Faith, The Cresset, and Rock & Sling – a journal of witness. She is a graduate of Yale Divinity School and the Yale Institute of Sacred Music, an interdisciplinary program dedicated to religion and the arts.  

April 28, 2021
David Coletta | Deepening your experience of worship online

Last year, worship and other experiences of community and connection went online. For some, online connection and spirituality has been difficult — feeling distanced or distracted. The good news is that there are ways that you can use technology differently to help deepen your experience. This session is MIDWEEK is an experiment in trying different practices that might change the way you feel interacting with others online. 

 

David is a dad, a retired software engineer, a singer, a runner, a sexuality educator in training, a member of a Quaker-inspired cooperative household in Arlington, Mass., an amateur cheesemaker, and the CTO of a cannabis startup, among other things. David is experimenting with “tech ministry” as a way to learn compassion and empathy in a context that is especially vital in this particular moment. You can learn more about David’s ministry at: http://techministry.info

May 5, 2021
Daniel Ayers | Sad Songs to Make You Smile

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. 

May 12, 2021
Rachel Shields Ebersole | The Magic of Seasons

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.

May 19, 2021
Jennifer Higgins-Newman | Meditations on hazelnuts and a Mobius strip

“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.  

May 26, 2021
Hazel Monae Johnson | Sound of the Genuine: Howard Thurman as a Spiritual Teacher

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. 

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Check out our recorded MIDWEEK spiritual practices

March 31, 2021
Anthony Christopher-Smith | A Faith Full of Questions

March 24, 2021
Lynette Davis | First we dance, then we write

March 17, 2021
Mason Mennenga | Blackout Bible

March 10, 2021
Busshō Lahn | Two Zen Practices to Ground You

March 3, 2021
Wess Daniels | Reading the Bible with Empathy

February 24, 2021
Abby Matchette | How to feel God's love under the weight of perfectionism

February 17, 2021
Rachel Shields Ebersole | Collage Journaling

February 10, 2021
Briana Halliwell | Learning to Follow Your True Heart's Call

February 3, 2021
Ryan and Jen Higgins-Newman | Listening for the Light in each other

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

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

January 13, 2021
Andrew Kimble | Jazz Spirituali-Tea

December 16, 2020
Rachel Shields Ebersole | Spiritual Journey Mapping

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