MIDWEEK Feb. 22: Welling Hall | Mystical Knitting and Mindfulness (Virtual Event)
About this MIDWEEK practice
In this MIDWEEK, Welling Hall will lead us in a mindful knitting practice. We will knit in the company of each together with mystical meditations from Julian of Norwich and care for our bodies with some gentle qigong stretches for neck, shoulders, arms, and hands. In this embodied practice, participants are encouraged to surround themselves with sensual delights as we attend mindfully to the moment, to the Spirit that gathers us together, and to our handiwork.
Participants are invited to surround themselves with sensual delights: perhaps a cup of tea or a candle with a pleasing aroma, perhaps a photograph of a loved one or another favorite thing of beauty. Because our intention is to work prayerfully and mindfully with each stitch, participants are encouraged to work on a span of knitting or handiwork that will not require consulting a pattern.
Note: In order to fully engage in this practice, participants should already know the basics of how to knit or crochet.
After retiring from Earlham College as Plowshares Professor of Peace Studies, Welling Hall decided to return to school and is now an MDiv student at BU School of Theology. She has an emerging ministry in helping elders use technology to stay engaged with their faith communities.
What is MIDWEEK?
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.
Attending events in-person at BHFH
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 inform us beforehand. 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.