I saw also that there was an ocean of darkness and death, but an infinite ocean of light and love, which flowed over the ocean of darkness. George Fox, Journal, 1647. Quaker Faith & Practice 19.03
Whether you are concerned about climate change, homelessness, peace-building or prison reform, this retreat is about developing the spiritual resources to engage. What practices can ground, nurture and guide us in responding to the challenges of our time? How can make openings for the Light to break in?
Three basic Quaker principles for engaging in social change are:
- Being ‘patterns and examples.’ If we hope the world will change, we should start with a readiness to change ourselves, to learn from the experience and share it with others. If we see darkness around us, the first step is to let the Light show us our own darkness and bring us to new life.
- Answering that of God in everyone. This means listening, reaching deep for the truth others’ words may hold for us, prepared to be challenged, to find we have been mistaken. It means embracing difference as well as similarity, recognising others’ gifts and seeing how they complement our own.
- Seeking unity in a way forward together – which may be revealed when we heed the promptings of love and truth in our hearts and answer that of God in each other.
The retreat will include:
- opportunities to share feelings about the challenges we face, insights into their root causes, and experiences of positive change and action
- space for reflection, creativity, discussion and discernment
- spiritual practices from Quakerism, Buddhism and the Work that Reconnects
- time to relax alone, chat with others, go for walks, or help in the Community grounds
The retreat will be led by Laurie Michaelis, co-ordinator of Living Witness, the Quaker charity supporting spirit-led approaches to sustainable living. Laurie has worked on climate policy and sustainable living since the 1980s and in recent years has been learning about conflict transformation and community building.
For further details or for a booking form contact us.