A few weeks ago, my seminary classmate Kenya asked if I would lead a workshop on prayer practices for the Episcopal Road Fellows, a group of young adults working for social justice in Atlanta. Kenya and I are excited about the workshop, which will involve prayers using the body and creativity, such as doodle prayer, coloring mandalas, walking a labyrinth, and a breathing prayer. I will also introduce the Quaker practice of holding people in the Light. My hope is that they will try out new practices they can incorporate into their daily life.
I am delighted to be working with the Episcopal Road Fellows, and Kenya and I have already started making plans for me to meet with them again in the new year for a workshop on Quaker discernment. This experience with working with a peer in the Episcopal church has underscored something I have found in my ministry with people in other religious communities: People in other denominations and faiths want to learn about Quaker spirituality and discernment practices.
When I preach in Methodist churches, I explain how Friends believe that God can talk to and through anyone. I invite the congregation to listen together for how God is speaking to us through scripture and the message, and I incorporate times of silence and queries. Recently, I have had conversations with Catholics comparing Quaker and Jesuit discernment, and I have found common ground with Buddhists, discussing the similarities and differences between our practices of sitting in silence.
These are people who may never set foot in a Quaker meetinghouse—who have deep spiritual practices of their own—and they want to learn about the unique spirituality that Friends have to offer. I feel the Life in our conversations, and I feel led by the Spirit to share what we have learned about listening to the Inner Voice in the Religious Society of Friends.
I know that there are many Friends who also want to share our peculiar faith and practice with others, and I invite you to partner with me as I do this work. I welcome your prayers and your support, especially your financial support as I find ways to bring these practices to other denominations and faiths.
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