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.
Many of us know that the Beloved Community is “not yet,” because we see the trauma of white supremacy and free-market colonialism playing itself out across the globe. But can we co-create and Live Into Wholeness together?
The Living into Wholeness 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.
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:
At Canadian Yearly Meeting in 2013, Quaker theologian Ben Pink Dandelion gave five in-depth talks on the history of Quakerism entitled "The End of the World, the Beginning of Quakerism, and What Happened Next."
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.