Friends General Conference

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Spiritual Deepening eRetreats: Becoming Patterns & Examples


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. 

Through this eRetreat, participants will:

  • Explore the testimonies of early Friends and test them against their own inner promptings.
  • Listen to hear what other promptings there may be for new and modern-day revelations/testimonies.
  • Explore and engage in daily disciplines to create the inward space for more light to be generated.
  • Come to understand Friends’ view of social action as prompted by a transformation that reveals the Inward Spirit as the source of all action.

The themes of the four weeks: 

  • Week 1: Making Space for Spirit's Movement
  • Week 2: Listening to Nudges, Leadings, and Discernment
  • Week 3: Action Grounded in Love
  • Week 4: Coming Together in Community

Offered September 9 - October 5, 2018 (four weeks, $25 pay-as-led participation fee).  Weekly (optional) Community Building Video Calls will be held every Sunday at 4:30pm Eastern.

Registration has closed for this eRetreat.  Sign up for the Spiritual Deepening email list to receive announcements about the eRetreat schedule for 2019.

The Becoming Patterns & Examples eRetreat will be facilitated by Beth Popelka.

Beth Popelka has spent the last 20 years as a theatre-maker, workshop leader & community creator, carrying a special concern for community building & social justice. In 2010, she was Pendle Hill’s Creative Community Facilitator-in-Residence, developing & teaching three courses: Theatre of the Oppressed, Theatre of the Empowered & Collaborative Play Lab. Beth's FGC 2012 Gathering workshop, Theatre of the Empowered, will be offered again at the 2018 Gathering this summer. This is her second time facilitating an FGC eRetreat (Beloved Community, 2017). As a life-long student, Beth looks forward to learning and growing alongside each of you.