Is Way of the Spirit for non-Quakers too? Questions from WotS fall outreach.
Dear <<First Name>>,

A couple great questions came up Questions from the roadin my travels in Washington and Oregon this fall, speaking about Way of the Spirit. Do you share them (see below)? My responses may surprise you. If you have other questions, let me know.

There's still time enough to read in preparation for the retreat on Spiritual Discernment, January 10-13th. If you wish to join us, please register by December 27th so we can tell the retreat center.

If you’ve already registered, thank you, and I look forward with joy to seeing you next month. If you’re following Way of the Spirit in your prayers, please hold the participants in the Light as we read and gather.

May your holidays be blessed with laughter, loving companionship, and quiet time to listen to God beyond the trappings of the busy days.  —Chris Hall, Way of the Spirit 

How is Way of the Spirit grounded among Friends?

When people ask this, they may be worried I’ll burn out with this big effort and hope I have enough support. Or they wonder if the program has meaningful connections to real Quaker communities and their needs.

The truth is a vibrant testimony to the workings of the Spirit to birth this program. I couldn’t do it alone, and love to share how encouragement and accountability bless Way of the Spirit with deep roots among Friends:
  • An anchor committee under the care of Whidbey Island Friends Meeting (NPYM) accompanies me with prayer and practical support in bi-monthly meetings. Members include people from three Quaker meetings and churches.
  • I’m also a Good News Associate, part of a non-profit ministry organization providing a financial home, board oversight, and primary discernment for the nitty-gritty of Way of the Spirit.
  • And last but not least, I continue to be inspired by my connection to School of the Spirit core staff, Mike Green and Patty Levering. Regular conversations underscore the alignment of our work to nurture the Spirit in Quaker communities.


Is Way of the Spirit for
non-Quakers too?

At least two people registered for the January retreat do not attend a Quaker meeting or church. I say, “Great!” 

I've spent time in ecumenical circles, usually as a lone Quaker among mainline Christian denominations. I often hear: “We want to hear from Quakers!” Many people treasure something about who Quakers are, something we may not see ourselves.

One gift we offer is a sturdy history of discernment and leadings into service. At our best, Quakers integrate sacred and secular, inward prayer and outward action, and we have a history of vivid examples that others yearn to follow. It’d be silly to withhold what Quakers know and experience of how the Spirit works in us. That’s why Way of the Spirit welcomes those who feel aligned with the program, Quaker or no.

The program is already a convergent movement across historical divisions between Quakers. Evangelical and Unprogrammed Friends alike speak of the blessings of our diversity. Read a participant's perspective in Western Friend.
Winter moisture photo by Jim Hall
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