Albert Einstein, the man who imagined the universe, said, "There are so many things that are beyond our understanding. There are two ways to live: you can live as if nothing is a miracle; you can live as if everything is a miracle.” Let us sit with that thought. What can we find, beneath our feet perhaps, that is truly miraculous? In this MIDWEEK practice, Marcianna will witness what she sees — traces of the Divine everywhere in the natural world — and invite us to contemplate and explore the miracles surrounding us.
A Friend for 40 years, Marcianna Caplis is currently a member of Northampton Friends Meeting in western Massachusetts. From the time she was a young child, she has loved the natural world, plants, and animals; throughout her life, nature has been her refuge and her strength. Her educational background in ecology fostered two paths in Marcianna's life: a career in conservation, first in the non-profit world and then in the Department of the Interior, Fish and Wildlife Service; and a continuous search for traces of the Divine in the natural world. She hopes to share with Friends, who are well-versed in listening deeply, the wonders to be found in looking deeply.
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.
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, YOU MUST REGISTER BEFOREHAND and please read this information:
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.
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.