Meeting Retreat - Opening to the Heart of Worship
Friday evening, April 12 from 7-9 pm and Saturday April 13 from 9-4:30 (light breakfast served at 8:30 am; lunch at noon).
This spiritual deepening workshop will take us more deeply into the experience of worship as individuals and together as a community. Childcare provided upon request. The retreat will be followed by a community potluck and fellowship at 5:30 pm.
Enlightenment is an accident. Practice makes us accident prone. ~ Zen Proverb
Worship is at the heart of our practice as Friends. And we mostly leave each other to find our own way in this crucial part of our lives. This need not be the case. While Spirit-filled worship is something we can’t make happen, there are practical skills we can learn which will enhance our ability to enter into deep, transformative worship. This retreat will focus on practices which can make us more ready to receive that blessed gift of powerful worship which can nurture, heal, and transform us and our lives; and draw us closer together as a community.
In our time together we will explore how we prepare for worship, how we center down, how to listen to each other with our whole being- body, mind and spirit, and how we open more to each other and to the Divine during worship. We will also work on accessing the place within us from which discernment arises, and, as time allows, how to practice discerning between vocal ministry and an impetus to speak that comes from ourselves alone. We will use these processes as a group to create a deeper sense of community from which it is easier to access our individual and collective wellsprings of the Source.
Please join Christopher for this special retreat and workshop - a rich opportunity for us to draw closer and more supportive as a community and open more deeply to the Inner Teacher, the Source, the Divine.
Christopher has led workshops and retreats for Friends over many years at the FGC Gathering, Pendle Hill, Earlham School of Religion, Powell House in NY, Woolman Hill and World Quaker gatherings. He has facilitated different versions of this particular topic for monthly, quarterly, and regional meetings over the past fourteen years.