The spiritual Power the First Friends experienced set their hearts on fire, bonded them to one another, and sent them into the world with great energy and courage. This happened after they had learned to still their minds, drop into their hearts, and together wait in silent expectation. Turning to the indwelling presence of God may be even more difficult in our busy, distracted age than it was in theirs. In this workshop, we’ll take guidance from early Friends and accompany each other in making that inward turn. Opening to the “Fountain of Love” enables the living waters of the Spirit to flow more strongly into our lives of love, service, and witness.
Reading and discussion of short passages by early Friends; experiential exercises; small group sharing; group discussion; prayer; meeting for worship.
Longing and Seeking
Deep Listening (within and to others)
Prayer for the retreat
9:00 Opening Worship
9:30 Turning Within
Our Minds Out of All Things, and Sinking Down to the Seed
Looking at God/the Light: Deeper Listening Exercise in pairs
11:30 Small group sharing
What the Tender Heart Knows
3:00 Worship Sharing