A HALF DAY WORKSHOP WITH MARGE ABBOTT
Whidbey Island, buy SATURDAY, MAY 14, 2011 9AM – 2PM
9:00-9:15 Gather and Settle into Opening Worship
9:30-11:00 Visualizing That Which is at the Heart of Our Faith
Marge’s book, To Be Broken and Tender, offers one way to describe for ourselves and others what it is to be a Friend. She lays out six dimensions of our faith: periods of waiting and attending; encountering the Seed; taking up the Cross; living in the New Creation; taking times for retirement (moments or weeks in solitude with all that is Holy); and becoming a broken and tender community. Even as she offers us language for our faith, she invites each of us to find words and images that are our own even as we engage with difficult dimensions of faith central to our spiritual ancestors.
11:15-1:00 Being Present in the face of Hard Words and Pain-filled
Situations To be able to hear one another without flinching, or
walk side by side with others who are in pain often means we have to do
our own inner work. Most all of us have words which trigger negative
responses. The more we are able to be aware of the suffering others are
experiencing, the more tender and vulnerable we are to absorbing that
pain. We will do some exploration of ways we might become more
present in worship or in one-on-one interactions despite words that we
find hard to hear.
1:00-2:00 POTLUCK LUNCH