Way of the Spirit
18 months, eight online distance sessions with two residential retreats*, learning, and growth in faithfulness from the wisdom of Quaker spirituality. Program cycle repeats yearly. Next openings in February 2021.
Find Life in Your Prayer
Try new spiritual practices. Ground efforts for peace and justice. Revitalize your relationship with the Holy. Grow in awareness of the guidance of God within. Stretch into contemplative silence, movement, creative, vocal or healing prayer.
Bring Your Own Experience
The specifics of your life, character, activities, and sensibilities matter in the life of faith. Engage a gently guided, experiential approach to spiritual discernment, relational spirituality, Quaker “leadings,” and universal ministry or Spirit-led service. Way of the Spirit seeks to integrate the wholeness of our experiences in God. The ordinary, or practical, and the “spiritual” weave one Reality. More here.
Join the extraordinary community of participants and alumni, intentionally fostering each others’ faithfulness over time. Enjoy spiritual companioning (Quaker “eldering”) by program staff during and between retreats. Meet monthly with other participants in online sessions for mutual support of faithfulness. Class size limited to 15-18. Read what participants say.
Way of the Spirit welcomes sincere seekers from several faith communities. We are enriched by the gifts of Quaker spirituality even as Quakers are nourished by other perspectives. We connect in our common yearning for the Holy, share deeply, and grow in faithfulness to our own paths.
Step Out Spirit-Led
Practice Way of the Spirit program content. Act on what you learn at home, at work, in your faith community, on the streets, in your witness to the world. All have a part in the “universal ministry”—lived faith, intentionally exercised toward others. Grow in spiritual accompaniment or become an “everyday prophet.” Serve food, clean up, organize, lead… Do what is “yours to do” with the joy and freedom of Holy Love.
Learn from Quaker Wisdom
Study and integrate Christian and Quaker resources through a highly responsive curriculum. Approx. 70 pages of carefully selected materials in preparation for distance sessions; 200 pages for residential retreats.
*Participate in Residential Retreats or from a Distance
The 2020 residential cycle of five retreats will gather in Oregon and Washington State. We are delighted to experiment with an additional Way of the Spirit option for participants from a distance. It will combine online learning models with two residential retreats in Oregon:
- Eight live distance learning sessions gathering participants from Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Colorado, California, and beyond.
- Two residential retreats exploring highly relational topics: God-between us, forgiveness, beloved community, and spiritual accompaniment (Quaker “eldering”).
Way of the Spirit is funded through participant fees and tax deductible donations through Good News Associates
2019 CLASS IN PROGRESS:
- Module 5: May 28 – June 1, 2020 Online
2020 DISTANCE-RESIDENTIAL PROGRAM
- 8 Distance-Learning Sessions, January 2020-June 2021
- Saturdays, 9am-12:30 Pacific Time:
- 2020 Feb 22, May 2, Jun 6, Oct 17, Dec 12
- 2021: Mar 6, Apr 17, Jun 12
- Two Residential Retreats:
- August 6-9, 2020
- January 22-25, 2021
- Mt. Angel, OR, 45 minutes south of Portland airport.
Eight Years of Way of the Spirit
We’ve offered 45 retreats between January 2012 and November 2019. That’s over 225 days of reflection, prayer and growing with God. Read the inspiring origins of this program here.