So Robin is home, and as she was relating a story of her time at FWCC, I named what she was talking about as "spiritual hospitality." Then said, "So now we need to have the testimonies as SHPICES!"
She pointed out that C was for Community and that should cover it. Still!! It's worth considering, because spiritual, emotional, and physical hospitality for individuals doesn't automatically "pop" out of the "community" box.
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I've said it before and I'll say it again: Stephen Matchett (S.F. Monthly Meeting) and Eric Moon (Strawberry Creek M.M.) are leading a workshop at Ben Lomond Quaker Center in a week and a half on "Quaker Testimonies: Hearsay or Witness? To What Do Our Lives Speak?" Here's the flyer.
Eric will also be leading a workshop "Quaker Testimonies: Plain and UnSPICEd" at the Friends General Conference annual gathering, 6/30 - 7/7/07 in River Falls, Wisc.
I was interested to note that there are once again many Pacific Yearly Meeting Friends listed as workshop leaders, even though PacYM is not formally affiliated with FGC: Eric Moon, Elaine Emily, Carl Magruder, Neil Fullager, and Gretta and Jacob Stone (now staff at Quaker Center, sojourning from Doylestown M.M. in the other PYM!) were the ones I could remember off the top of my head. Now, picking up the advance program, I see there's Joe Franko (our yearly meeting's presiding clerk, listed as Workshop 1 with the title, "Are Quakers Too Nice?"), Karen Street, Stephen McNeil, and Sara Wolcott. So, 9 of 72 workshops, or 12.5% have PacYM presenters. Not a bad ratio for a non-member yearly meeting.
Oh, and then there's the matter of Traci, the PacYM'er who heard the call to be the Gathering Coordinator...
I still haven't totally decided if I'm going to be following lovely wife Robin to the event. Sigh. I probably will. I'd like to sign up for either Peter Crysdale's workshop or the Sacred Harp workshop (hello, Paul L.!!).