Participating in an ongoing faithfulness group has provided crucial accompaniment in my spiritual journey. This practice can be of great value to anyone seeking to follow God’s guidance in their lives, anyone wanting to live according to their deepest purpose, or seeking to be true to the evolutionary impulse that is collectively leading humanity into the way of Love and Truth. What is required? A group of about 4 to 6 people able to meet together for two hours every month or so, people who are willing to listen to each other on deep spiritual levels and help one another better notice the call and inner guidance of the Spirit. Faithfulness groups are appropriate for people seeking to be faithful in their daily lives, and also for those following a call or leading of any kind, whether to education; serving those in need; the work of peace and justice; sustainability, deep ecology, and addressing climate change; witnessing for a new way of life, nurturing community, or encouraging faith.
A few years ago I recognized a call to share this practice as widely as possible. Now Inner Light Books has published a book that introduces practices for helping one another notice the sometimes humble ways the Spirit makes itself known to each of us. These practices can be of great use in spiritual friendships, spiritual journey groups, clearness committees, and faithfulness groups. A Guide to Faithfulness Groups explains what faithfulness is and how it can be cultivated by a community that practices ways to listen inwardly together for divine guidance. Above all, this book shows the potential that the practice of faithfulness groups holds for supporting individuals of any faith to allow the work of the Spirit to become manifest through them and their communities.
In this 25-minute video, An Introduction to Faithfulness Groups, seven Friends (including me) speak about Faithfulness Groups and their potential for renewing spiritual vitality.
An upcoming free workshop will explore this practice.
Faithfulness Groups: A Deeper Awareness A Workshop Saturday, Nov 23 (10 am – 4 pm) at Friends Center, 1515 Cherry Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102
Marcelle Martin, Viv Hawkins, and others will present practices to help each other pay attention to the guidance of the Spirit and to form faithfulness groups, in which the members provide mutual accompaniment over time. There is no cost to attend the workshop. Bring a bag lunch. This workshop is co-sponsored by Releasing Ministry Alliance, Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting’s Committee on Gifts and Leadings, and Green Street Friends Meeting’s Worship and Ministry Committee.
The one-day Faithfulness Groups workshop will be live-streamed and video-recorded to make it available for people at a distance. Contact Viv Hawkins at firstname.lastname@example.org, if you’re interested to participate via livestream or recording, preferably with a group at your local site.
More details on these programs can be found at: https://releasingministry.org/releasing-ministry-alliance-opps
@ 2019 Marcelle Martin
Our Life is Love: The Quaker Spiritual Journey describes the transformational spiritual journey of the first Quakers, who turned to the Light of Christ within and allowed it to be their guide. Many Friends today use different language, but are still called to make the same journey. In our time people seeking deeper access to the profound teachings of Christianity want more than just beliefs, they want direct experience. Focusing on ten elements of the spiritual journey, this book is a guide to a Spirit-filled life in this world, in our time. The book was designed to be a resource for both individuals and groups to explore their spiritual experiences. It describes the journey of faithfulness that leads people to actively engage in God’s work of making this world a better place for all. Our Life is Love has been reviewed by Marty Grundy in Friends Journal, by Carole Spencer in Quaker Religious Thought, and by Stuart Masters on A Quaker Stew.
Both Our Life is Love: The Quaker Spiritual Journey and A Guide to Faithfulness Groups are available from Inner Light Books in hardback, paperback, and ebook. (An excerpt and a study guide are also available on that website for Our Life is Love: the Quaker Spiritual Journey.)
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