This eRetreat offers participants the opportunity to develop their understanding of what racism, white supremacy, and white privilege are, and how they are embedded in our society, Quaker meetings, and lives. You will gain knowledge of historical and current realities of racial oppression in the United States and explore how Quaker faith and practice and provide grounding, tools, and fire for our work against racial injustice. You will explore how Spirit is calling you to action for racial justice while gaining tools for identifying and disrupting racism, white privilege, and wh
This topic explores how Quakers put faith into practice. We will look at how our experience in worship leads us to a shared commitment of living our beliefs through our witness in the world. Friends work to create a world not as it is, but as it should be. This is often referred to as Quaker testimony.
Over four weeks, participants will:
The Beloved Community eRetreat invites you to explore and practice what it means to live into Beloved Community, the ways we are called to recognize patterns of marginalization and exclusion and to act toward justice, and tools for transforming and vitalizing our meetings and communities.
Week 1: Living into Beloved Community
Week 2: Community Calls Us to Justice
Week 3: Patterns of Exclusion and Marginalization
Each week, the eRetreat program offers a new topic with videos, essays, quotations, and activities for you to explore and go deeper. You will connect with other participants as you share your reflections and experiences in discussion boards linked to the weekly activities. The eRetreat does not have scheduled meeting times, so you can engage at your own time and pace. Most of the readings or activities for each week can be completed in about an hour or two.
Who is a Spiritual Deepening eRetreat for? Do I have to be a Quaker to partcipate? What is the time commitment? What is the technology requirement? How much does it cost?
Who is a Spiritual Deepening eRetreat for?
A Spiritual Deepening eRetreat may be for you if:
As First Day School teachers, one of the richest resources for us is the accumulated faith experience of seasoned Friends. Their stories of God's comfort, guidance, and leadings make compelling listening. Helping our children to grow up to be committed, passionate Quakers requires finding concrete ways for intergenerational faith-sharing to occur.
Planning a multigenerational retreat is a balancing act. Children and adults need time with their peers to be balanced with the amount of time they spend together. The activities that include all generations need to strike a balance between seriousness and levity, and should be fun, engaging and meaningful. The activity content needs to be presented in a way that can be understood on multiple levels. This way the youngest children who think in concrete terms and the older abstract-thinking participants can all dive into it.
It can be of considerable benefit to carefully consider how one plans and announces different classes or forums within the life of the meeting. Often, the leaders will pick the date, time, and location of a class and then announce the details to the meeting. It can be useful and appropriate to have certain conventions for when these types of activities usually take place, such as monthly forums after meeting for worship, or bi-weekly Friday evenings after potluck. This regularity can encourage more consistent participation within the meeting.