[Sayma-Discuss] School of the spirit #2
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Fri Mar 6 14:45:07 EST 2009
This is the more recent newsletter of School of the Spirit.
Please forward if you know anyone you think might be interested.
News from the School of the Spirit Ministry
In This Issue _Q&A Call In and Testing the Waters_
(mip://00fa4688/default.html#LETTER.BLOCK22) _Statement of Faith, by Louise_
(mip://00fa4688/default.html#LETTER.BLOCK14) _God's Passion, by John_
(mip://00fa4688/default.html#LETTER.BLOCK23) _Prayers, by Viv_
_Program Interest Survey_
In this issue we celebrate the life and love of Louise Harris, a graduate of
the Spiritual Nurturer class of 2008, who died on January 17. Louise was our
teacher. In the loving community of that class, she found the space to heal
and forgive. When diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, she found herself freed
from earthly concerns and she shone with God's unflinching love. Those who
knew her intimately--her husband John and sister Eleanor--recognized, as did
we all, that this was not a denial of death, but a celebration of life. In
addition to sharing with you her final papers, we include John's message of
passion which he read at her memorial. We send our love and prayers to John and
Eleanor, and all those who will miss her.
The condition of the economy is impacting each of our lives. This is true
too for organizations such as ours. Since we rent retreat space for our
programs, we plan up to 3 years ahead. So if you are interested in participating
in either the two-year program On Being a Spiritual Nurturer or the one-year
program The Way of Ministry, it would be a great service to us if you would
complete this _survey_
As always, please share this newsletter with a friend or two. Just use the
link to the left.
Q&A Call In and Testing the Waters Retreat
Are you in the midst of discerning whether or not this is your year to
apply to the Spiritual Nurturer program? Are the scheduled Testing the Waters
retreats inconvenient for you? Then consider joining the core teachers in a
question and answer Call In on Sunday, March 15, beginning at 7 p.m. (EST).
(http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?t=zdbgzxcab.0.7knemwcab.gutvjscab.0&ts=S0394&p=http://www.quakerinfo.com/nurtconfcall.shtml) for details of the Q&A
In this call, the teachers will respond to your spiritual, as well as your
practical questions. The intent is to assist you in your discernment, not to
recruit you to the program.
As a reminder, there is a Testing the Waters day-long retreat at Alexandria
Friends Meeting, VA, on March 28.
The requested donation for each day is $25. To register, please send us an
_email_ (mailto:info at schoolofthespirit.org) with your contact information and
indicating for which retreat day you are registering.
For the prospectus and to download the application and scholarship forms,
please visit our _website_
Statement of Faith by Louise Harris
Toward the end of the Spiritual Nurturer program, each participant is asked
to write a statement of faith. Here are a few sentences from Louise's
statement which she wrote last November.
"At this point in my life, I have recently gotten a diagnosis of pancreatic
cancer. From the first, I felt very free. I knew that God was with me and in
every cell in my body, that there were no good cells or bad cells. God is
in the entire universe, in the winds, snows, smiles of children, sorrows and
pains, animals and the creepy crawly things of the earth. God has just given
this to me as another challenge, never leaving me alone one moment. I see
no duality between death and life, enabling me to potentially live each day
For a 5-minute audio meditation with her complete statement, click _here_
quakerinfo.com/harrisfaith.mp3) . (Unfortunately we do not have it read in
her own voice and inimitable style.) It can also be read _here_
Louise's paper on forgiveness can be read _here_
God's Passion: A Memorial Message by John Cardarelli
I love you with a fierceness
Blackberry juice lining throats, aftertaste of wild sweet savor,
Morphing butterflies dancing wildly in the sun,
Red-tailed hawk mewing its presence
Sentinel huckleberry tree, blueberry vibrant on windswept ridge
Your loving on logging trail beneath BrownMountain blue lights.
John's complete message can be read _here_
Prayers by Viv Hawkins
(Viv wrote these prayers following the second residency of The Way of
Ministry program in December 2008.)
Most High One who enfolds us in You and You in us, thank You. Thank You for
the tension that contained so many interlocking pieces:
· The struggle to open the way so we may see and be seen, hear and
be heard, love and be loved by each other as well as You.
· Brueggemann... cry (evoke alternative) doxology... criticism and
· Something is here that I can't know yet. I feel it inside and
around me rattling like the valve on a pressure cooker. How do I and we open?
· The willingness for two of us to wrestle in hard places. I know
how to disappear. The other knows how, also. Tears keep me open. The other
keeps her seat. Grace happens.
· With my peer group, I share about the beggars to whom I gave Rs 3
(6 cents) in India. I labor knowing that giving anything short of my life
is sin. They help me see through tearful eyes the true exchange: "I see you
and I love you." I forgive myself.
· Looking unabashedly into the soft, gentle eyes of one who loves
largely. Having those eyes look trustfully into mine. Being asked what I see
there. Love. Imagining that God might bestow me with one iota of that love
so I might pass it on. Tears flow.
· Lamentation calls forth the depths of my pain and longing. My
whole body shakes with the sobs, the yearning for life, for the Kindom of All.
· I know the struggle with otherness in many places. It torments
me again. I pray with my prayer partner "to be and be with." Keep your seat.
· The diagram shows me the other I have most difficulty taking in.
Keep your seat.
· Refiner's fire ablaze. One blow does not extinguish it.
Terrified I'll burn down the building. Fearing myself. Breath of God. Relief.
· Crouched in the corner of that large room swaddled in "grand
silence," I assume the small, disappearing place. I keep my seat there healing,
· Coaxing the cry to mature and fulfill itself. Reaching out,
being heard, lovingly received. Blessed, broken, given, and received.
Communion. Ahhhhhh. Release.
· Exorcism. While love may be the first motion, it does not always
appear as love. It sometimes manifests as criticism. For one who fears
being feared or mistrusted, criticism can be a self-sacrificial love, risking
the self's need for the greater good.
· Death and resurrection. God of all the nations, help us know
when we are called to leave the dead to bury the dead, call forth Lazarus, or
come upon the tomb where the stone is rolled away? Lament evoking doxology.
"And when the day is done and I see the setting sun, I will lift my voice and
say, 'Thank You, Lord, thank You for one more day. Thank you for one more
· Self-in-God-sibling-community. The wine is spilled into the
Infinite and we flow there.
Praise You, Blessed One. Praise these blessed ones who serve You in
preparing The Way of Ministry, in preparing us all, Your servants.
I came to residency 2 to learn about the ministry: that which we do. I
mostly learned about myself, God, and our relations with community: that which we
are. The latter is far greater a pearl to me. Thank you, Beckey. Thank
you, Laura. Thank you, Marcelle. Thank you, Barbarajene and Katharine.
Thank You, God. Now, will you let me sleep until at least 6:30am, again.
These three o'clock in the morning appointments are killing me!
A Ministry of Prayer and Learning devoted to the School of the Spirit
is dedicated to all who wish to be more faithful listeners and responders
to the inward work of Christ.
Donations are always welcome. Checks may be sent to the address below, made
out to Philadelphia Yearly Meeting earmarked for the School of the Spirit.
A Ministry of Prayer and Learning devoted to the School of the Spirit is a
ministry under the care of
the Worship and Care Committee of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting.
This email was forwarded to quakerkristi at aol.com, by _Patty Levering_
(mailto:pattylev at bellsouth.net) .
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