Quaker embodied spirituality is a relationship with the Divine that joins body, mind, and spirit together with Oneness. Our bodies are sacred spaces for Spirit to inhabit and transform. In this MIDWEEK, we explore our body wisdom as the foundation for our testimonies. In a practice called Meditation for Body Loving, we will develop interoception and increase body appreciation. We will listen to what our bodies want to say to us.
Barbara Birch belongs to Strawberry Creek Meeting in Berkeley CA. She is passionate about her leading to understand early Quaker embodied spirituality and its relevance to modern Friends. She will have a book called Eating with Christ: Feasting, Fasting, Food, Fun, and Friends coming out in 2023 from Barclay Press.
In the Quaker tradition of Midweek (Wednesday) worship, Beacon Hill Friends House brings you MIDWEEK: Experiments in Faithfulness. This is a weekly, one-hour, facilitated spiritual practice with Quaker flavor and an experimental ethos. Each week, a guest facilitator engages us in a unique spiritual practice that is meaningful to them, and that we can bring into our own lives.
MIDWEEK is always free and open to the public. If you'd like to support this program, you can make a donation here.
Event accessibility (covid policies are below): Beacon Hill Friends House is working on making our historic space accessible to everyone.
Automated Closed Captions will be available for all participants (on Zoom and in-person).
Physical space: This event will take place in our Parlor, which does not have a ground-level entrance. Our primary entrance is up a flight of stairs. If you would like to attend this event but need it to be held in a different space, please indicate so on your registration. On the basement level, we have a single-user, all-gender bathroom with wall-mounted handrails and ample space for chairs and/or aides. We are not a scent-free space but tend to be low-scent.
All MIDWEEK practices going forward are offered on Zoom and in-person at Beacon Hill Friends House. If you choose to attend in our space, here's what you need to know:
Covid policies: All in-person attendees are required to be up-to-date on vaccination against COVID-19 and to wear a mask while inside. We ask for proof of vaccination upon entering the building. Masks will be available for those who forget them.
Getting to BHFH: Use the address "8 Chestnut St., Boston, MA, 02108" for navigation. We recommend taking public transit to get here: We are a short walk from every transit line in Boston. If you choose to drive in, paid street parking is available on Charles Street (and on Beacon Street before 6 pm). We also have parking passes available for $9 to the Boston Common Garage.