Friends General Conference Offering New eRetreat Courses in Spring 2020
The Friends General Conference (Quaker) offers two, new, eRetreat programs starting in April 2020. I have participated in two of the eRetreats in the past, and the eRetreats are excellent (they include part study, part community sharing via online fora, and usually a virtual online meeting once per week). The programs are open to all faiths and are welcoming to all.
eRetreat 1: What Canst Thou Say? – Spiritual Inquiry Grounded in Worship Sharing (April 11 to May 30)
A new twist to the eRetreat format, What Canst Thou Say will foster 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.
What Canst Thou Say meets weekly on Saturdays starting April 11th from 4:00pm to 6:00pm Central via Zoom for worship, worship sharing, and spiritual exploration. Friends and spiritual sojourners Mark Wutka and Mary Linda McKinney will facilitate our sessions each week. (NOTE: I have participated in a past course with Mary Linda and Mark and both are good facilitators.)
eRetreat 2: Living into Wholeness: Quaker Commitment to Honoring That of God in Everyone (April 12 to May 11)
A Spiritual Deepening eRetreat exploring and practicing 1) what it means to live into Beloved Community, 2) the ways we are called to recognize patterns of marginalization and exclusion and to act toward justice, and 3) tools for transforming and vitalizing our meetings and communities.
The Living into Wholeness eRetreat runs from April 12 – May 11, 2020. Weekly Community Building video calls are scheduled for Mondays at 7pm Eastern / 4pm Pacific / 1pm Hawaii, starting April 13, for five weeks. Michele Shields of Honolulu Friends Meeting will be the facilitator for this eRetreat. (Note: I have participated in another eRetreat offered by Michele. She has a good presence and actively participates in the programs.)