“The church itself must be a place where binaries are examined and challenged.”
― Elizabeth M. Edman, Queer Virtue: What LGBTQ People Know About Life and Love and How It Can Revitalize Christianity
In this fifth session of the series Discovering Spirit Within Ourselves, we will focus on the topic "Illuminating" - thinking about the ways that spirituality can open us up to seeing things differently, and seeing the mysteries of the world, even perhaps beyond the world we experience. This will be an interactive hybrid (at Beacon Hill Friends House and on Zoom!) workshop, where participants will engage with readings, queries, journaling, and discussion to engage deeply.
Attending previous sessions is not a requirement for participating!
This workshop is for everyone — Quakers and non-Quakers, no matter where you fall on the question of "God" (including theists and non-theists), or whether you have engaged in a practice like this before.
Things we will do with our time together:
We will begin with a grounding practice and introduction
We will engage with several short readings from Quaker authors and various other religious and theological traditions
We will have time to journal in response to these readings.
We will engage with queries through journaling and discussion.
We will have time for sharing out of silence
We will have a break! :) And lots of time off-camera for those who are on Zoom.
About the workshop leader:
Jen Higgins-Newman, is a convinced Friend, theologian, feminist, and mystic. Jen holds a Master of Theological Studies from Vanderbilt Divinity School, and serves as the Program Director at Beacon Hill Friends House where she plans programs to cultivate and nurture community and our spiritual lives.
Beacon Hill Friends House is an independent Quaker not-for-profit organization that operates a 20-person community residence, overnight guest accommodations, meeting and event space, and public educational programming in a large historic house in downtown Boston, Massachusetts. The Friends House exists to provide opportunities for personal growth, spiritual deepening, and leadership development, drawing inspiration and guidance from the values, principles, and practices of the Religious Society of Friends.