Why Be a Quaker?

with Sally Kingsland and Diego Navarro
November 16-18, 2018

Program flyer

Our adequacy is from God, who made us adequate to be servants of a new covenant not based on
the letter but on the Spirit, for the letter kills but the Spirit gives life.
2 Cor 3:6

The Quaker faith emphasizes a direct connection to God instead of scripture and church tradition. We believe in ongoing Divine revelation based on our experience of the Spirit working in our lives. Early Friends railed against empty forms and sought to strip away anything except the direct connection to God. We hope you will join us to consider the following:

  • Do we long to be a deeply seeking spiritual community with a commitment to self-revelation, inner transformation and outward behavior change, to live in the power of the Spirit?
  • What might we do to better support each other to undertake an intentional spiritual path, examining our lives in community and committing to following our Inward Teacher at any cost?
  • What do we need to understand about the “faith” and “practice” that we inherited in order to live in the power and life of the Spirit?

We are eager to explore together the potential of the Quaker faith tradition and the promise it holds. We will worship, discuss and play in small and large groups to see what we can say today.

We invite you to experience this workshop as a retreat and plan ahead to minimize external distractions during our time together. We also encourage registrants to prepare by reading and watching the pre-workshop materials, which will be sent in advance by email.

About the program facilitators:
Sally Kingsland and Diego Navarro have spent the past three years exploring together the question ‘what does it mean to be a Quaker?’ We each thirst to worship and be in community with a priesthood of Friends whose lives are moment by moment directed by Spirit. Diego’s early experiences as a Junior and Young Friend became the foundation of his current ministry of spiritual formation for underprivileged students in community colleges. Sally leads a life of prayer and service, including as a spiritual companion. The leadership team for this workshop includes
Katherine Youngmeister and Gordon Bishop serving as elders.