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Spiritual Deepening eRetreats: Living into Wholeness

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The Living into Wholeness: Quaker Commitment to Honoring That of God in Everyone 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 Wholeness

Week 2: Community Calls Us to Justice

Week 3: Patterns of Exclusion and Marginalization

Week 4: Tools for Transformation & Vitality

This eRetreat has been previously offered under the name Beloved Community.

The Living into Wholeness eRetreat will be offered from April 12 - May 11, 2020.   

Weekly Community Building video calls are scheduled for Mondays at 7pm Eastern / 4pm Pacific / 1pm Hawaii, starting April 13, for five weeks.



The Living into Wholeness eRetreat will be facilitated by Michele Shields.

Michele Shields is a member of Honolulu Friends Meeting and a writer. After thirty-seven years of service as a pastor and hospital chaplain, she retired and is now the Director of Spiritual Care Services, Emerita, and Research Scholar at the University of California San Francisco Medical Center (UCSF Health). In Spiritual Care Research, Michele and her colleagues at UCSF Health further developed her theory of providing spiritual care, scientifically demonstrating spiritual growth trends in cancer patients even at the end of life. Michele enjoyed teaching clergy to be professional chaplains as well as teaching nursing and medical students about ethics, palliative care, patient communication, cultural humility, and end of life.

Her main interest now is becoming more rooted in the Inward Light and following leadings to grow spiritually to be of more service to others. Michele and her husband share an active outdoor life in a beautiful part of Creation. She looks forward to learning together in this eRetreat.


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