The School of the Spirit Ministry serves all those who wish to be more faithful listeners and responders to the work of Christ, the Inward Teacher. The ministry is grounded in prayer and offers programs rooted in the Quaker contemplative tradition of the living silence.
The place of prayer is a precious habitation ... I saw this habitation
to be safe, to be inwardly quiet, when there was
great stirrings and commotions in the world.
- John Woolman (1770)
> Register now for the Contemplative Retreat at St. Raphaela's in Haverford, Nov. 6 - 9.
> Now available the new Program Guide for On Being a Spiritual Nurturer, 2015 - 2017.
> We are interested in finding hosts for Testing the Waters Retreats. Read more.
Contemplative Retreats in the Manner of Friends
Sink Down to the Seed
November 6 - 9, 2014, at the St. Raphaela Center, Haverford, PA
Led by Catherine Cox and Linda Chidsey
January 16 - 19, 2015, at Powell House, Old Chatham, NY
Led by Linda Chidsey and Carolyn Moon
April 11 - 14, 2015, at the DeKoven Center, Racine, WI
> More information and registration will be available soon.
Are you called to the facilitation of contemplative retreats?
The School of the Spirit’s concern is with preparation for ministry through
a deepening personal awareness of the inward presence of Spirit.
It is crucially important to encourage the growth of this kind of ministry.
If you want hope in the Religious Society of Friends, you will find it here
- John Punshon