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Spiritual Deepening eRetreats

Spiritual Deepening Program eRetreats invite newcomers and Friends to build an online spiritual community through an exploration of Quaker thought and practice.

Spiritual growth is linked to community, and a Spiritual Deepening eRetreat connects you with other curious seekers in an online exploration of Quaker thought, a deepening of your own spiritual practices, and the sharing of stories from your life and your personal journeys.  Each eRetreat is facilitated by a deeply grounded Quaker.

Each week, there will be a new topic with videos, quotations, and activities, and you'll be able to engage at your own time and pace. You'll connect with other participants through private discussion boards and one optional video chat session.  Participants are encouraged to explore a personal spiritual practice during the eRetreat.  Learn more below!

2018 eRetreat Schedule

January 21 - February 16, 2018: Beloved Community eRetreat (4 weeks)

March 4 - April 13, 2018: Silence & Light eRetreat (6 weeks)

May 6 - June 1, 2018: Becoming Patterns & Examples eRetreat (4 weeks)

September 9 - November 2, 2018: Silence & Light eRetreat (8 weeks)

October 14 - November 9, 2018: Understanding and Healing White Supremacy eRetreat (4 weeks)

 

"Reading about [other participants'] experiences and ideas was an awe-some experience in itself for me. I truly appreciate the community who succeeded in going deeper individually and with each other. It is a rare opportunity for Friends to join together in this way."  - Spiritual Deepening eRetreat participant

 

Photo Credit: Mike Goren

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?

Each week, the eRetreat program offers a new topic with videos, essays, quotations, and activities for you to explore and go deeper.

The Silence & Light eRetreat invites you to explore and practice the experience of Quaker worship and silent waiting, for an inward encounter with Inner Teacher who leads, guides, and transforms us every day.
 

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. &n

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 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 i