Quaker Spring gatherings are intended to function as a “Quaker conference with a difference.” Instead of lining up workshop leaders and speakers in advance, Friends gather to share their gifts, leadings, and longings with minimal pre-programming of the week’s schedule. The winds of the Spirit are blowing, and we do not know exactly where they are taking us. The schedule was developed in the belief that if we gather in expectant waiting and joyful fellowship, we trust that the messages we need will arise from among us.
We will open the week with a time for introductions and hearing the concerns on each others’ hearts on Wednesday, June 17th at 2:00 PM EDT (running til around 4:30.)
Here is the rough shape of the days to follow (Thursday, Friday, and Saturday). All times are Eastern Daylight Time in the US.
Note: We don’t expect Friends to stay online all day!!! Our expectation is that sessions will run shorter than when we meet in person. Everyone should listen to their bodies and come and go as led.
10:00 Bible reading & study. (see: Bible at Quaker Spring)
11:00 Meeting for Worship.
After worship we will spend some time together discerning our focus for sessions later in the day.
2:00 A slot for small groups
4:00 A second slot for small groups
7:00 Evening Plenary Session
These are selected based on the group discernment at the conclusion of meeting for worship each morning. At past gatherings we have taken this time to listen as a group to what God seems to be speaking to us around important issues facing Friends and the world at large today. There are generally no pre-arranged speakers or prepared formal talks. Sometimes we are led to hold a “meeting for discernment” where we attempt to be attentive to our Inward Teacher rather than our own ideas on a particular topic. Sometimes we invite one or more Friends present to introduce a subject in terms of their own personal experiences around it and then explore together in a spirit of worshipful listening around this same subject.
At the conclusion we may take time to hear concerns arising among us for reflection / exploration / attention during the following day.
The link to the gathering zoom meeting will be open beyond these times for informal fellowship and sharing.