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MIDWEEK Mar. 22: Liz Nicholson | Conflict as a Spiritual Practice



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About this MIDWEEK practice

What is your go-to conflict style, how did we learn which styles to use, and how does that connect to the Quaker understanding of meeting the light in all people–including ourselves? Using the Thomas-Kilmann conflict instrument, we will think about the benefits and drawbacks to various conflict styles and make space to think about how to move forward in conflict with more grounding and alignment in our values. We will also consider how our experiences of conflict relate to the Quaker testimonies of Peace and Integrity, and cultural norms of conflict avoidance or passivity.

A Hoosier Quaker in origins, Liz Nicholson (she/her) is a facilitator, friend, lizard mom, auntie, and activist. Liz experienced transformation working for and with Quaker Voluntary Service in Atlanta for most of the last decade. Recently graduating with a masters in Peace and Social Transformation from Earlham School of Religion, Liz returned to Guilford College in 2022, to serve as the Director of the Quaker Leadership Scholars Program.

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.

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 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.


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