And Friends meet together, and know one another in that which is eternal, which was before the world was.

– George Fox, Epistle 14

Imagine what it might mean to build more trust and connection with Friends and newcomers in your Quaker meeting. Imagine inviting greater meaning, guidance, and growth into your own life. Imagine the ripple effect in our meetings and communities as we live our faith in the world.

The Spiritual Deepening Program gives Friends and newcomers opportunities to rediscover Quaker faith and thought, connect with Spirit, and build relationships with each other through sharing and deep listening.  Through exercises, discussions, introspection, and creativity, participants share their spiritual stories, explore how Quaker thought and spiritual practices can transform lives, and go deeper together into the life of the Spirit.

There are two ways to go deeper with Spiritual Deepening:

The Spiritual Deepening Library

The Spiritual Deepening Library is a collection of experiential activities and resources. The program grew as a response to a deep hunger among Friends for spiritual relationships, improved sense of faith community, and a better understanding of the roots of our Quaker faith and spiritual practices.

Program materials are designed for participants of all ages and stages in their spiritual journey. Participants engage in activities, discussions, role-plays, spiritual practices, art and music exercises, and worship sharing. Inviting newcomers to join a Spiritual Deepening small group can serve as outreach and offer a way to integrate newcomers into the life of the meeting.

Spiritual Deepening eRetreats & Online Offerings

Join a Spiritual Deepening eRetreat, together or as individuals, to build spiritual community and explore Quaker practices and faith over a 4-week online session led by a seasoned facilitator.  eRetreats are offered on topics such as Silence & Light, Living into Wholeness, Becoming Patterns & Examples, and Understanding and Healing White Supremacy.

The Spiritual Deepening eRetreats are flexible and affordable. The suggested fee for participating in the program is $35-45 per participant, on a pay-as-led basis.  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.


From FGC’s 2017 Annual Report


Interested in Learning More?

Join the Spiritual Deepening mailing list to receive announcements about program updates and opportunities to register for upcoming eRetreats.


News


Events

  • Weaving a Wider Welcome eRetreat

    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. We have heard that many meetings wonder why their newcomers stop coming after a few visits– especially LGBTQ folks, families with young children and People of Color. In this eRetreat, we will explore how newcomers experience welcome, mistakes meetings make with newcomers, and what approaches to welcoming have worked in FGC meetings.

    In this eRetreat you will learn:
    – Why people don’t come back and why people choose to engage.
    – Ways meetings can shift their culture to become more newcomer-friendly
    – Effective ways to better reach newcomers, with a special focus on seekers of Color, LGBTQ folks, and families with young children. Spoiler alert: what is enriching for newcomers also benefits longtimers!

    (more…) Do our meetings truly reflect all the faces of God among our members and attenders? FGC has heard from many…

    • Wednesday, May 29th, 2024 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

    • Virtual
    View Event - Weaving a Wider Welcome eRetreat
  • Weaving a Wider Welcome eRetreat

    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. We have heard that many meetings wonder why their newcomers stop coming after a few visits– especially LGBTQ folks, families with young children and People of Color. In this eRetreat, we will explore how newcomers experience welcome, mistakes meetings make with newcomers, and what approaches to welcoming have worked in FGC meetings.

    In this eRetreat you will learn:
    – Why people don’t come back and why people choose to engage.
    – Ways meetings can shift their culture to become more newcomer-friendly
    – Effective ways to better reach newcomers, with a special focus on seekers of Color, LGBTQ folks, and families with young children. Spoiler alert: what is enriching for newcomers also benefits longtimers!

    (more…) Do our meetings truly reflect all the faces of God among our members and attenders? FGC has heard from many…

    • Wednesday, June 5th, 2024 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

    • Virtual
    View Event - Weaving a Wider Welcome eRetreat
  • Meeting for Worship for Newcomers and Seekers

    Goal: Spiritual Deepening’s Worship for Newcomers aims to support Friends and seekers new to Quakerism. This program will introduce Newcomers to Quaker worship practices as well as allow them to ask questions and reflect on their experiences as they flow through their journey in worship spaces with Friends from the seasoned to the seeking.  

    (more…) Goal: Spiritual Deepening’s Worship for Newcomers aims to support Friends and seekers new to Quakerism. This program will introduce Newcomers…

    • Monday, June 10th, 2024 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    • Virtual
    View Event - Meeting for Worship for Newcomers and Seekers
  • Weaving a Wider Welcome eRetreat

    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. We have heard that many meetings wonder why their newcomers stop coming after a few visits– especially LGBTQ folks, families with young children and People of Color. In this eRetreat, we will explore how newcomers experience welcome, mistakes meetings make with newcomers, and what approaches to welcoming have worked in FGC meetings.

    In this eRetreat you will learn:
    – Why people don’t come back and why people choose to engage.
    – Ways meetings can shift their culture to become more newcomer-friendly
    – Effective ways to better reach newcomers, with a special focus on seekers of Color, LGBTQ folks, and families with young children. Spoiler alert: what is enriching for newcomers also benefits longtimers!

    (more…) Do our meetings truly reflect all the faces of God among our members and attenders? FGC has heard from many…

    • Wednesday, June 12th, 2024 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

    • Virtual
    View Event - Weaving a Wider Welcome eRetreat
  • Weaving a Wider Welcome eRetreat

    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. We have heard that many meetings wonder why their newcomers stop coming after a few visits– especially LGBTQ folks, families with young children and People of Color. In this eRetreat, we will explore how newcomers experience welcome, mistakes meetings make with newcomers, and what approaches to welcoming have worked in FGC meetings.

    In this eRetreat you will learn:
    – Why people don’t come back and why people choose to engage.
    – Ways meetings can shift their culture to become more newcomer-friendly
    – Effective ways to better reach newcomers, with a special focus on seekers of Color, LGBTQ folks, and families with young children. Spoiler alert: what is enriching for newcomers also benefits longtimers!

    (more…) Do our meetings truly reflect all the faces of God among our members and attenders? FGC has heard from many…

    • Wednesday, June 19th, 2024 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

    • Virtual
    View Event - Weaving a Wider Welcome eRetreat
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