Spiritual Formation 2021
More than a year into the global pandemic, our experiences of grief and loss, suffering and sadness are palpable, compounded by the weight and urgency of the work for racial justice. But we also have access, each day, to experiences of joy that exist alongside the grief. Poet William Blake affirmed this foundational human reality: “joy and woe are woven fine, a clothing for the soul divine.” Where do I find joy in my life? How do I carry the burden of so much woe? And how do Spirit and I accompany one another through times of joy and woe?
In our May Spiritual Formation retreat, we’ll explore this foundational reality through readings from the ancient wisdom literature and our own Quaker tradition, through explorations and sharing of our own experience, and through chanting and movement. We invite you to join with Friends across Baltimore Yearly Meeting for a weekend retreat that offers time for reflection and renewal, time for quiet and spiritual friendship, time for fellowship and celebration. We’ll gather via Zoom for times of whole group listening, small group sharing, and encountering wisdom in and with one another.
We’ll gather as a whole group on Friday evening from 6:30 - 8:30; on Saturday, we’ll gather in the morning (9:00 - 11:00) and afternoon (1:00 - 3:00) for times of learning and sharing in small groups. To approximate the fellowship we enjoy during meal times when gathered for in-person retreats, we’ll leave our Zoom retreat space open for small group conversations using the “breakout” room Zoom function. The retreat will close with a final whole-group gathering on Saturday evening from 7:00 - 9:00 pm.
Register now! The cost of our online retreat helps to defray the administrative costs of supporting the Spiritual Formation program. But if the cost is prohibitive, please let us know as we have spiritual nurture funds available to defray the costs. We look forward to gathering with you via Zoom on May 14th-15th.