Participating in God’s Power

A Ministry of The School of the Spirit

August 2019-September 2020

Core Teachers: Angela York Crane, Christopher Sammond

Guest Facilitators/Elders: to be named

 

What is it?

4 residencies

  1. August 22-26, 2019 -  Hallelujah Farm, Chesterfield, NH
  2. February 13-17, 2020 - Franciscan Spiritual Center, Aston, PA
  3. May 22-25, 2020 - Hallelujah Farm
  4. September 4-7, 2020 - Franciscan Spiritual Center

3 Webinars/Video Conferences

  1. Hallmarks of the Ego-self: Shame, Fear, and Anger
  2. Abandonment in God
  3. More on Forgiveness

Through this process-oriented program, students gain awareness, skills, and support to live from that interior place where humanity and divinity meet. This surrendered, vibrant living out of deep faithfulness becomes more and more heart-centered, authentic, and grounded in real life. We envision that Friends thus equipped will go out and be seeds of transformation in our Society and in the wider world. The intent of this program is nothing short of furthering the love/power of God in the world.

 

Tools and Experiences Include:

  • Quaker Worship
  • Structured exercises, dyad and triad debriefing
  • Small groups of 7-8 participants remain together for the year, with rotating facilitators, modeling different styles and voices in facilitation, teaching group work
  • Connecting with the Inner Light, becoming attuned to being with and guided by it.
  • Becoming more aware of what gets in the way of full-bodied, whole-hearted acceptance of co-creating a new life in God
  • Surrendering habits of mind and heart that keep us closed off from the Divine
  • Looking at impact, what impacts us, how we impact others
  • Being real with what is in the room
  • Mining our shadow: those individual and collective bits of our rejected and repressed experiences, beliefs, and biases. Integrating our shadow into consciousness releases great energy and creativity.
  • Becoming aware of and repenting of our tendency to “other” - projecting our shadow onto others
  • Individual and communal forgiveness
  • Exploring an ongoing vibrant life of faithfully walking with the Divine

A more expansive description of the spirit and focus of the program can be found here.

This shorter version continues below.

But what do we mean by power?

Let’s start with what we don’t mean:

  • Hierarchical
  • Dominant
  • Controlling
  • Destructive to goodness
  • Egocentric
  • Humans citing Divine power to justify the use of the kinds of power named above, resulting in ungodly behavior that has been destructive in innumerable ways throughout history.

Okay, what do we mean?

  • Where the good is raised up and the evil lessened.  
  • Heart space: one we enter into to connect with God and with each other.
  • Quality of the Divine, a tensile strength we are born with, and often lose touch with.
  • One that heals, makes whole, empowers, encourages, and liberates.
  • Experientially felt and manifested through connections with the Divine, ourselves, God, and creation.
  • Passionate Mystery found at the center of all beings, and living from this Divine Center, means living in whole-hearted relationship with this power.

 

Sample Daily Program:

7:00 a.m. Solitary Spiritual Practice

8:00 Breakfast

9:15 Gather for large group experiential learning, using dyads and triads to debrief

12:00 p.m. Lunch

After lunch free time, or movement centered spiritual practices (hatha yoga, Qi Gong, and etc.)

3:15 Gather for small groups of 6-7 persons which continue throughout the program (times vary on different days)

6:00 Dinner

7:15 Gather for large group experiential learning, using dyads and triads to debrief

9:15 Compline (focused on introducing spiritual practices)

 

Themes in the Four Residencies:

Residency I

Opening Hearts and Spirits

Welcoming Worship with Power

Knowing Ourselves as the Beloved

Energy Self-Awareness: Body and Spirit

Extended Silence with Options

Residency II

Introduction to Surrender and Resistance

Surrender - Opening to the power of God

Resistance - The ego reasserts itself

Projections - “Othering” “Golden Shadow”

Listening to Guidance - Experiments with Light

Pruning - Rule of Life

Residency III

True Self/False self

Returning to the True Self

Betrayal

Crucifixion

Forgiveness

Residency IV

Unforced Rhythms of Grace

The Good and the Hard Both Have Much to Teach

Living from the Self

Assessment of our Rule of Life

Jesus, Resurrection, and the Christ

 

Some Nuts and Bolts:

  • The program is highly experiential.  There will be some required readings, less than 50 pages per month. We will also be sharing lists of written and video resources for each retreat for those who want to delve more deeply.
  • We ask each participant to commit to a daily spiritual practice of their choice.
  • We will gather Thursday evenings for the first two residencies, and Friday afternoon for the second two.  We close after Monday lunch.
  • Rooms at Hallelujah Farm are doubles; the Franciscan Spirituality Center has a few singles, but mostly doubles.
  • Both retreat centers are easily accessible by rail. Transportation from nearby airports is available as well.
  • Both retreat centers are fully accessible and can accommodate vegetarian and vegan diets.

 

How do I learn more?

What is the cost?  

How do I apply?