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. Read our Core Characteristics.

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)


New pamphlets with essays by Sonnie Cronk and Lloyd Lee Wilson.


Opening to Grace
A Contemplative Retreat in the Manner of Friends
Sept. 17 - 20, 2015, at the Avila Retreat Center, Durham, NC
Led by Patty Levering and Carole Treadway

Dwelling Deep
A Contemplative Retreat in the Manner of Friends
Nov. 19 - 22, 2015, at the St. Raphaela Center, Haverford, PA
Led by Catherine Cox and April Allison

Are you called to the facilitation of contemplative retreats?

> To learn more about our Mentoring Program 

 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

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