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Spiritual Deepening eRetreats

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Spiritual Deepening Program eRetreats and Online Offerings 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 offering 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 or book discussion 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!

2020 Schedule

 

Register here for an upcoming Spiritual Deepening eRetreat. 

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?

During each week of an eRetreat, you will be invited to consider a selection of essays, videos, queries, spiritual practices, and stories from Friends.  The eRetreat content is available to you throughout the we

Th Spiritual Deepening eRetreat Program uses the Matrix online learning platform to organize all of the content, links, resources, and online conversations that make an eRetreat so engaging.

What Canst Thou Say: Spiritual Inquiry Grounded in Worship Sharing

This book discussion will explore the challenges of living a joyful life through a discussion of The Book of Joy, by the 14th Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

The Building a Meaningful Life eRetreat invites you to explore and practice the spirituality of meaning-making, resiliency, renewal, and life transitions. Rather than focusing on death and dying, this eRetreat explores the spiritual gifts of aging across the lifespan. 

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

Do our meetings truly reflect all the faces of God among our members and attenders? FGC has heard from many of you that the answer to that question is often no.

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.

The Silence & Light for Young Adult Friends 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.  This eRetreat

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

The Aging, Death, and Dying eRetreat invites you to explore and practice the spirituality of death. Growing old, even when that means facing physical or other changes, can help us focus on what is essential.  

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.