Online Ben Lomond Quaker Center program 2/26-28
Ben Lomond Quaker Center invites you to join Quaker scholar Stanford Searl the weekend of Feb. 26 to explore themes and challenges about the “paradox of preparation” for the Quaker “Gathered Meeting”.
Together, using a Quaker contemplative inquiry approach, we will reflect upon four main themes connected to spiritual preparation that emerged from a research project about the Gathered Meeting experience.
- The letting go of the ego.
- Forms of Prayer as preparatory practices.
- Practicing Worship together.
- Deeper Vocal Ministry.
We will explore these themes which were drawn from 55 research interviews with Friends about the Quaker Gathered Meeting. We will employ a contemplative, devotional approach together.
There will be a Friday evening welcome session, three 60-90 minute interactive presentations spread over Saturday, and a Sunday morning Worshipful conclusion.
“. . . (W)hat I experience in a Gathered Meeting is a form of communion of hearts and minds and spirits in the room – and a communion, not just with each other, but also with the Divine” (reflection from a New York Friend in the Gathered Meeting study).
ABOUT THE PROGRAM LEADER:
During the spring, 2020, Stanford Searl worked as the Carroll Research Scholar at Pendle Hill, completing fifty-five interviews with both Pastoral and non-Pastoral Friends, asking them about the meanings of the Quaker Gathered Meeting.
This is a Quaker Center ‘Pay as Led’ Program. Everyone is encouraged to attend regardless of ability to pay suggested program fees of $50-$150.
PLEASE REGISTER BY FEBRUARY 24
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