Prior Workshops Offered

Link to a brief sound recording about Quakerism as a radical faith.

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Exploring the Quaker Way

Winter 2017

This course, taught by Marcelle Martin and assisted by Steve Chase, runs from January 9 through April 5. “Exploring the Quaker Way” is for seekers, attenders, and members of Friends meetings who want to: 1) deepen their understanding of the “unprogrammed” Quaker tradition; 2) better understand the spiritual journey common among early and current Friends; 3) reflect on their own spiritual journeys within this simple, radical, and contemporary spiritual path; and 4) become more familiar with key elements of fostering vibrant and caring Quaker communities. It is designed for people who want to explore these themes through personal reflection, focused study, and deep dialog within a lively learning community gently guided by seasoned Quaker teachers and guest presenters.

DATES & FORMAT
An online orientation period will run from January 2 through January 14. This will allow students to log onto the course website, create or update their personal profile, download a detailed course guide, take an online posting challenge, and post a self introduction.
The main body of the class will begin on January 9 and run through April 5, 2017, with twelve weekly sessions. Besides reading an average of 50 pages of assigned readings each week and discussing them in writing online, there will also be a reflective or experiential exercise. Each student is encouraged to discuss what they are learning from these assignments on the phone once a week with at least one other student. Online videos will be included as part of the program, as well as a weekly class webinar, held mostly on Wednesday evenings. Four or five webinars will feature a guest presenter. In the second half of the course, each student is invited to study some supplemental resources on a self-chosen topic and then lead a presentation and discussion on their chosen topic in the final class webinar.

 For more information, click HERE

Our Life is Love: the Quaker Spiritual Journey

Pendle Hill Retreat Center     Wallingford, PA

Apr 8-10, 2016

From the beginning of Quakerism, the spiritual journey taken by Friends has been transformational both those who undertake it and for the world around them. In this weekend retreat we’ll explore the basic elements of that journey, as experienced by the first Friends and by Quakers in our time. We will also support one another in our own next steps toward more fully incarnating and expressing divine love and truth. Our time together will include presentations, discussion of brief passages by early Friends, sharing elements of our journeys, worship, and listening for God’s call to us now.

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December 27, 2015-January 1, 2016,  (Sunday-Friday)

Ben Lomond Quaker Center, Ben Lomond, CA 

In the Life and Power of God: on the Spiritual Journey with Early Friends

At the beginning of Quakerism, great power moved through the faithful lives and witness of ordinary people who responded to God’s transforming call. This course will provide the opportunity to examine ten elements of the spiritual journey experienced by early Friends and to reflect on our own experiences today:

*Longing     *Seeking     *Turning Within     *Openings     *The Refiner’s Fire     *Being Gathered into Community     *Leadings of the Spirit     *Living in the Cross     *Living in Divine Love and Power     *Perfection (in one’s measure)

Are we, too, called to give ourselves and our lives whole-heartedly for God’s purposes? What can early Friends teach us about how to do this? How can we help one another follow the call in our day with faith and boldness?

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Transformation & The New Birth

Powell House Conference and Retreat Center

Old Chatham, New York 12136

January 22-24, 2016

The Quaker spiritual journey involves a radical inward and outward transformation that early Friends called The New Birth. During this weekend we will consider three elements of spiritual rebirth: Openings, the Refiner’s Fire, and Community. We will discuss short passages written by the first Quakers, and share our own experiences of transformation. We’ll also explore how to most fully cooperate with the changes God is bringing about, and we’ll support one another in shifting from being conformed to society and out of touch with our true nature, to being filled with the Spirit and whole-heartedly responsive to divine promptings.

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A weekend retreat on Faithfulness, Nov 13-15, 2015

facilitated by Marcelle Martin

Held at Friends Center of Ohio Yearly Meeting

What does faithfulness require? During this weekend we’ll consider the testimony of the first Quakers, who learned to live in the cross and abide in God’s love and power as they sought to be faithful. We’ll look at selected short passages describing their experiences, to learn from them how better to surrender to the work of Christ within and through us. In addition, we will support one another in hearing more clearly what faithfulness requires in our current lives and situations. In pairs and small groups we’ll encourage one another to respond more fully and courageously to God’s leadings.

Marcelle Martin is a member of Chestnut Hill Meeting in Philadelphia. She currently lives in Chester, PA.  Her forthcoming book, Our Life is Love: the Quaker Spiritual Journey is forthcoming from Inner Light Books.  For four years she was the resident Quaker Studies teacher at Pendle Hill, and she was a core teacher in the School of the Spirit’s Way of Ministry program. She has led retreats at Friends’ meetings across the country and is the author of two Pendle Hill pamphlets, including Invitation to a Deeper Communion.

Ken and Katharine Jacobsen are serving as elders for this weekend.

Friends Center of Ohio Yearly Meeting is a Retreat and Conference Center for the Exploration of Christian Unprogrammed Quakerism and its Meaning Today, Adjacent to Stillwater Meetinghouse near Barnesville, Ohio.

For more information, go to:  Friends Center Weekend Retreats 2015-2016

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May 11-15th, 2014,  (Sunday through Thursday)

Pendle Hill Retreat Center, Wallingford, PA. 

In the Life and Power of God: on the Spiritual Journey with Early Friends

At the beginning of Quakerism, great power moved through the faithful lives and witness of ordinary people who responded to God’s transforming call. This course will provide the opportunity to examine ten elements of the spiritual journey experienced by early Friends and to reflect on our own experiences today:

*Longing     *Seeking     *Turning Within     *Openings     *The Refiner’s Fire     *Being Gathered into Community     *Leadings of the Spirit     *Living in the Cross     *Living in Divine Love and Power     *Perfection (in one’s measure)

Are we, too, called to give ourselves and our lives whole-heartedly for God’s purposes? What can early Friends teach us about how to do this? How can we help one another follow the call in our day with faith and boldness?

$570/shared room; $685/private room; $415/commuter

 
MM 2012 Fitch photo

Marcelle Martin served as a Quaker studies teacher and spiritual nurturer at Pendle Hill. A graduate of the Shalem Institute Program on Spiritual Guidance and School of the Spirit’s program on Contemplative Living and Prayer, Marcelle works with monthly meetings to deepen their spiritual practices. She has written two Pendle Hill pamphlets, Holding One Another in the Light (PHP #382) and Invitation to a Deeper Communion (PHP #366) and is completing a manuscript on the ten elements of the spiritual journey of early Friends. Marcelle is a member of Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting (PA).

For more information and to register click here.

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REMEMBERING LOVE: W I S D O M 

O F  T H E  T E N D E R  H E A RT
SUNDAY, MARCH 19, 2017

12:45 pm – 2:45 pm

MARCELLE MARTIN AND .O

WILL SHARE THOUGHTS & EXPERIENCES
FROM EARLY FRIENDS AND TODAY

ABOUT LOVE AT THE HEART

OF EVERYTHING.

FRIENDS CENTER
RUFUS JONES ROOM
1515 RACE STREET
PHILADELPHIA, PA

ALL ARE WELCOME

no charge

SPONSORED BY THE ADULT RELIGIOUS EDUCATION COMMITTEE

OF CENTRAL PHILADEPHIA FRIENDS MEETING

CHILDCARE IS AVAILABLE IF YOU REQUEST IT. EMAIL THE OFFICE AT CPMM@AFSC.ORG BY MARCH 15

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FRIENDS CENTER OF OHIO YEARLY MEETING

Learning from the Spiritual Journey of Early Friends

Facilitated by Marcelle Martin

November 8-10, 2013

Barnesville, Ohio

Those who became the first Quakers changed from being people conformed to their society and out of touch with God, to people filled with the Spirit and whole-heartedly responsive to divine promptings. During this weekend workshop we will look at passages from the writings of early Friends that reveal the spiritual transformation process they collectively experienced as they allowed Christ to be active within and among them. We will consider ten elements of their spiritual rebirth: Longing, Seeking, Turning Within, Openings, the Refiner’s Fire, Being Gathered into Community, Leadings of the Spirit, Living in the Cross, Living in Divine Love and Power, and Perfection (in One’s Measure). There will be opportunities to share with one another our own experiences of God’s transforming work in us, and together we will listen for how Christ is guiding us today.

Marcelle Martin is a member of Chestnut Hill Meeting in Philadelphia. She currently lives in Richmond, IN, where she is finishing two books, one telling the story of the beginning of Quakerism and the other about essential elements of the Quaker spiritual journey. For four years she was the resident Quaker Studies teacher at Pendle Hill and has led retreats at Quaker meetings across the country. She is the author of two Pendle Hill pamphlets, including Invitation to a Deeper Communion.

Ken and Katharine Jacobson, members of Stillwater Meeting, have led retreats on Quaker faith and practice and sacred community at Friends Center, at Pendle Hill, and at their home in Wisconsin. Ken currently teaches theology and social and personal transformation at Chicago Theological Seminary.  They will serve as elders for this weekend.

Friends Center of Ohio Yearly Meeting is a retreat and conference center for exploring Christian unprogrammed Quakerism and its meaning today. Rooted in Ohio Yearly Meeting and its tradition of hospitality for spiritual seekers, Friends Center is a place where we can explore, articulate and share a faith that is both unprogrammed and Christian. While this faith draws on the experiences and writings of earlier Friends, we  seek to express it in ways that are appropriate to the language and conditions of our own time. Our intention is to learn together from the living presence of Jesus Christ, whom we experience teaching us directly from within, through the Scriptures, and through one another.

Each weekend at Friends Center begins with supper at 6:00 PM on Friday and ends with a noon meal on Sunday. Cost for each workshop is $170 per person, double occupancy. Scholarship aid is usually available. The registration deadline for this weekend is October 25th, 2013.

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November 7-9, 2014, at Friends Center, Barnesville, Ohio 

Transformation & The New Birth

Facilitated by Marcelle Martin

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During this weekend we will seek to understand the spiritual transformation that occurs when Friends allow the Light of Christ to be active within and among us.  Like early Friends, we can be changed from being conformed to society and out of touch with God to being filled with the Spirit and responsive to divine promptings.  In particular we will consider elements of spiritual rebirth: Openings, the Refiner’s Fire, and being Gathered into Community.  We will read and discuss some passages from the writings of early Friends and share our own experiences of the way God is changing us, thereby helping one another better embrace transformation in our lives and in our time.  We will listen for how we are guided today.

Marcelle Martin is a member of Chestnut Hill Meeting in Philadelphia. She currently lives in Richmond, IN, where she is finishing two books, one telling the story of the beginning of Quakerism and the other about essential elements of the Quaker spiritual journey. For four years she was the resident Quaker Studies teacher at Pendle Hill and has led retreats at Quaker meetings across the country. She is the author of two Pendle Hill pamphlets, including Invitation to a Deeper Communion.

Ken and Katharine Jacobson, members of Stillwater Meeting, have led retreats on Quaker faith and practice and sacred community at Friends Center, at Pendle Hill, and at their home in Wisconsin. Ken currently teaches theology and social and personal transformation at Chicago Theological Seminary.  They will serve as elders for this weekend.

Friends Center of Ohio Yearly Meeting is a retreat and conference center for exploring Christian unprogrammed Quakerism and its meaning today. Rooted in Ohio Yearly Meeting and its tradition of hospitality for spiritual seekers, Friends Center is a place where we can explore, articulate and share a faith that is both unprogrammed and Christian. While this faith draws on the experiences and writings of earlier Friends, we  seek to express it in ways that are appropriate to the language and conditions of our own time. Our intention is to learn together from the living presence of Jesus Christ, whom we experience teaching us directly from within, through the Scriptures, and through one another.

Each weekend at Friends Center begins with supper at 6:00 PM on Friday and ends with a noon meal on Sunday.  The cost of the weekend is $170.  Some scholarship aid is available.

Friends Center of Ohio Yearly Meeting

Sunrise at Olney, the site of Friends Center in Barnesville, Ohio

Sunrise at Olney, the site of Friends Center in Barnesville, Ohio
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For more information, contact Marcelle by leaving a Repy below.

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