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Spiritual Deepening eRetreats: What Canst Thou Say?

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What Canst Thou Say: Spiritual Inquiry Grounded in Worship Sharing

What Canst Thou Say offers a new twist to the eRetreat format, fostering spiritual community through a focus on worship sharing around the Bible and the Quaker tradition using passages from texts by Friends (and others) and the Bible verses that informed them. This will be a work-in-progress so each week may be different from previous ones. No experience with the Bible or Quaker history is necessary. Everyone is welcome. What Canst Thou Say is not meeting to teach a particular understanding but to listen to the Spirit within ourselves and one other. The facilitators ask that everyone be present with an attitude of openness and curiosity and a willingness to "listen in tongues".

Saturdays Starting April 11, 2020

What Canst Thou Say will meet weekly on Saturdays from 4:00pm to 6:00pm Central via Zoom for worship, worship sharing and spiritual exploration. An on-line platform for course communication, written discussion and to share supplemental materials will be used for those who enjoy more engagement. The same Zoom link will be used throughout the entirety of this event and participants are welcome to attend when able and miss when not. This series will continue through the end of May.  Zoom link provided upon RSVP.

What Canst Thou Say will be facilitated by Mary Linda McKinney and Mark Wutka

Mark Wutka and Mary Linda McKinney believe they were brought together by Divine will to do God's work as a team, to support one another in individual leadings and to serve together. They first met through their blogs in which they wrote about their spiritual lives and then met in-person as Friendly Adult Nurturers in the Quaker teen organization of Southern Appalachian Yearly Meeting & Association. They are each graduates of the "On Being a Spiritual Nurturer" program and remain actively involved with School of the Spirit; Mark has served on the finance committee for several years and Mary Linda is currently co-clerk of the board. They are Friends Couple Enrichment leaders and have just launched an on-line program called Drop-in Dialogue for all couples who have ever completed an FCE event.

Mark and Mary Linda are members of Nashville Friends Meeting but have been sojourning for a while among other faith communities. Last year they attended a progressive Baptist church and this year they are attending Sunday school and some pujas with a Hindu community. When her schedule allows, Mary Linda participates in Sufi zikr and attends mid-week worship with Friends. Both Mark and Mary Linda feel that Quaker spirituality is the most true path for them but also trust that God has a purpose for sending them out to worship with folks who recognize the Divine in diverse ways. As an interfaith spiritual director, Mary Linda feels nurtured and expanded by this sojourn.

Mary Linda and Mark look forward to connecting together at the level of the heart.