Spiritual Deepening eRetreats and Online Offerings
Spiritual Deepening Program eRetreats and Online Offerings invite newcomers and Friends to build an online spiritual community through an exploration of Quaker thought and practice.
Spiritual growth is linked to community, and a Spiritual Deepening offering connects you with other curious seekers in an online exploration of Quaker thought, a deepening of your own spiritual practices, and the sharing of stories from your life and your personal journeys. Each eRetreat, worship sharing group, or book discussion is facilitated by deeply grounded Quakers.
The Winter/Spring 2021 Offerings:
April 3 - May 1, 2021: When the Spirit Calls book discussion
April 25 - May 22, 2021: Silence & Light for Quaker Newcomers eRetreat
During each week of an eRetreat, you will be invited to consider a selection of essays, videos, queries, spiritual practices, and stories from Friends. The eRetreat content is available to you throughout the we
The Spiritual Deepening eRetreat Program uses the Matrix online learning platform to organize all of the content, links, resources, and online conversations that make an eRetreat so engaging.
Who is a Spiritual Deepening eRetreat for? Do I have to be a Quaker to partcipate? What is the time commitment? What is the technology requirement? How much does it cost?
In the Bible, it is called the Kingdom of God, and sometimes the Kingdom of Heaven. In the Cotton Patch Gospel, Clarence Jordan calls it “The God Movement.” Mary Linda prefers “God’s World” and “kin-dom of God” while Mark favors the implied sovereignty of “Commonwealth of God.”
This Spiritual Deepening group combines discussion of When the Spirit Calls by Jay Marshall with workshop opportunities to think more deeply about how call and discernment may be present in one's own life.
What Canst Thou Say: Spiritual Inquiry Grounded in Worship Sharing
This book discussion will explore the challenges of living a joyful life through a discussion of The Book of Joy, by the 14th Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
Are you a white Friend who wants to go deeper in your reflections on racism and white supremacy in a challenging yet compassionate virtual space?
This book discussion will explore the concept of antiracism through a discussion of the book How to Be an Antiracist, by Ibram X. Kendi.
This book group will explore the concept of revolutionary love through a discussion of the book See No Stranger: A Memoir and Manifesto of Revolutionary Love by Valarie Kaur.
This series will allow those of us who identify as white to educate ourselves about racism by discussing films that come from People of Color’s lived experience. The facilitators, Carolyn Lejuste (she/her, Whit
The Building a Meaningful and Connected Life eRetreat invites you to explore and practice the spirituality of meaning-making, resiliency, renewal, and life transitions. Rather than focusing on death and dying, this eRetreat explores the spiritual gifts of aging across the lifespan.
This eRetreat offers participants the opportunity to develop their understanding of what racism, white supremacy, and white privilege are, and how they are embedded in our society, Quaker meetings, and lives. You will gain knowledge of historical and current realities of racial oppression i
Do our meetings truly reflect all the faces of God among our members and attenders? FGC has heard from many of you that the answer to that question is often no.
This topic explores how Quakers put faith into practice. We will look at how our experience in worship leads us to a shared commitment of living our beliefs through our witness in the world. Friends work to create a world not as it is, but as it should be.
The Living into Wholeness: Quaker Commitment to Honoring That of God in Everyone
The Aging, Death, and Dying eRetreat invites you to explore and practice the spirituality of death. Growing old, even when that means facing physical or other changes, can help us focus on what is essential.