Who Attends Way of the Spirit?
We welcome Quakers from pastoral and unprogrammed communities, as well as ecumenical seekers who feel aligned with the program vision. People in leadership, service or hidden helping roles — clerks, pastors, elders, counselors, chaplains, educators, social activists, young adults, retirees and more—all find that Way of the Spirit builds practical tools for faithfulness.
Participants are those who seek to live with courageous obedience into their gifts and Divine leadings. They want to develop discernment to integrate inward prayer and outward actions. They wish to find strength in communal support and accountability. And they are willing to stretch to “hear where the words come from” with others from diverse worshiping communities (from the story of Quaker, John Woolman).
To assist your discernment, please consider the following statements. If you find yourself echoed here, or feel inward affirmation, Way of the Spirit: Contemplative Study in Community may be a meaningful experience for you:
- I recognize my life as a journey with and into God.
- I desire to develop my capacity for silence, inward listening and expectant waiting on the Spirit.
- I sense a nudge or follow a call to serve others in small daily ways or larger ministry.
- I wish to become more aware of and obedient to Divine guidance.
- I am willing to be changed, or transformed by the exercise of the Spirit.
- I am prepared to be taught by the ongoing Judeo-Christian narrative.
- I am able to make the space and time to read assigned materials in preparation for this retreat or retreats.
- I can talk about my inner spiritual life honestly within trusting confidential relationships.
- I am mature enough and at a place in my life where I can listen to others respectfully and maintain confidentiality when appropriate.
- I am open to exploring and translating the spiritual language of others so that communication flows freely.
- I am willing to hold other retreatants and the event in prayer, or in the Light.