Faith CoLab: Tapestry of Faith: Building Bridges: A World Religions Program for 8th-9th Grades

Spiritual Preparation

To better understand and represent the radical, calmly courageous Quakers, take time to establish a frame of mind that they strive for: open, balanced, and peaceful.

A few days before the workshop, find a lovely, quiet place to take a 20-minute walk at a peaceful time of day. Allow the loveliness and peacefulness to flow through you. Fight nothing; release everything. Breathe evenly and feel your connection with all that surrounds you. Walk slowly, steadily. Stop occasionally and simply be. The purpose is not to accomplish anything, but to feel within you a sense of the sacred or inner peace. If there is no appropriate outdoor walk near you, find a quiet indoor place to meditate on a walk which would evoke such peace.

If you wish, after your walk or meditation, channel the peacefulness, energy, and hope you experienced by drawing or writing.

The morning of the workshop, take a few peaceful moments with your co-facilitator before participants arrive. Sit in silence for a few minutes. If moved to do so, share a thought from your walk or reflections during the week.