The Spiritual Deepening materials for in-person small groups 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. The content has been compiled and developed by Friends throughout the U.S. and Canada and includes materials drawn from high quality existing curricula and resources, as well as newly developed activities.
The program content focuses around foundational readings, activities for sharing spiritual stories, and exploring spiritual practices in order to strengthen and deepen both individual and communal experiences of spiritual connection. Grounding exercises help participants explore the roots of Quaker faith and give context to Quaker practices and beliefs. Sharing exercises invite participants to share their spiritual stories and listen deeply to each other’s truth. Practicing exercises offer new ways of connecting to Spirit.
Activities, readings, and facilitation guides are now available in three topic areas:
Silence and Expectant Waiting
The Quaker experience of worship, silent waiting, and vocal ministry
The Light, Seed, Christ Working in Us
The experience of being led by the Inner Guide
The practices of Friends, including discernment, meeting for worship with attention to business, worship sharing, and more
Small group leaders are given access to all exercises and activity guides through the online Spiritual Deepening Library. New content will be released regularly.
In addition to exploring the Spiritual Deepening activities and exercises, we recommend that small groups incorporate worship and personal check-ins into their time together, in order to enrich the experience of spiritual connection.