Silence & Light for Quaker Newcomers eRetreat
Event Date: Saturday, December 2, 2023 -through Saturday, January 6, 2024
Event Time: 1:00 PM - to 2:30 PM
All events are Eastern Time
The Silence & Light eRetreat invites you to explore and practice the experience of Quaker worship and silent waiting, for an inward encounter with Inner Teacher who leads, guides, and transforms us every day. This session is offered for people who are curious about Quakers or new to Quakerism and will explore the basics of Quaker theology and practice.
“This eRetreat has been a gentle reminder to ‘wait to feel the Spirit’ and listen more closely for it….This was a perfect combination of a mini retreat, communal sharing and learning experience.” – Spiritual Deepening eRetreat participant
- Offered December 2, 2023 through January 6, 2024 (Skipping the week of December 23)
- Four weeks, $45 pay-as-led** participation fee
- Weekly readings, queries, resources, and activities available on FGC’s eRetreat website, Matrix
- Community Building Calls: Saturdays from 1-2:30pm Eastern / 10-11:30am Pacific starting May 6.
**Pay-as-Led is a method of offering sliding scale pricing so that paid events are more accessible for people with a wide range of abilities to pay. Participants choose how much to pay for the registration fee.
eRetreat Schedule and Weekly Themes
|Weekly Theme||Module Begins||Community Building Call|
|Week 1: Stillness and Silent Times||December 2||December 9|
|Week 2: The Light Working in Us||December 9||December 16|
|Week 3: Deep Listening & Discernment||December 16||December 30|
|Week 4: Relationships & Spiritual Community||December 30||January 6|
Community Building Calls
Each week, the facilitators will lead Community Building Calls using Zoom. During these calls, participants will have the opportunity to reflect on the eRetreat content, worship together, do additional eRetreat exercises, and build connections with each other.
The Silence & Light for Quaker Newcomers eRetreat will be facilitated by Michael Levi.
Michael Levi is a member of Adelphi Friends Meeting in Maryland. For many years he has taught “An Introduction to Quakerism” to members and attenders of his Meeting and to parents of a Friends school. In addition, Michael has led many sessions, especially on Friends history and practices, under the care of Adelphi’s Continuing Quaker Education committee. Michael’s leading is to help provide a framework in which the guidance of the Spirit can resonate and be better understood, so that we all emerge better equipped to answer that of God.
In a non-Quaker context, Michael has led scores of workshops and trainings on topics ranging from nonviolence and civil disobedience to economic statistics and software development.
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