He said to them, “Is a lamp brought in to be placed under a bushel basket or under a bed, and not to be placed on a lampstand? For there is nothing hidden except to be made visible; nothing is secret except to come to light. Anyone who has ears to hear ought to hear.”
This annual retreat is for those afire with the Holy Spirit, who seek deeper faith and bolder witness. Through worship, learning, and fellowship, we will open ourselves to Christ’s presence, and allow the Spirit to work within us as we seek God’s power. We hope you'll consider joining us as we seek to stir up the embers of our faith—both as individuals and as Friends. This year's Stoking the Fire will be a hybrid event, with in-person and virtual options.
The role and function of spiritual elder is an important one in our meetings, even as it is also often misunderstood. In many ways, elders are those among us who help keep us grounded in Spirit as we live out our faith in our meetings and in the world. If you are curious about what it means to be a Quaker elder today, and/or if you would like to encourage this ministry in the meeting, please join us for this workshop.. It is grounded in the belief that spiritual deepening should, and can, begin at home. By exploring aspects of Quaker faith and process, Friends Meetings and churches will be provided opportunities to build spiritual and emotional bonds between members, learn about and engage in corporate and individual spiritual practices, and explore how to listen attentively and surely for the “still, small Voice” which guides each and all toward wholeness.
Elaine Emily is a spiritual director and lifelong seeker. Her current exploration of eldering has been informed by her life experiences as a mother, grandmother, and social worker, as well as her mystical experiences and connections with a variety of different faith communities and social activists. She has traveled extensively among Quakers as an elder and facilitating workshops about eldering.
Mary Kay Glazer is a spiritual director, retreat leader, Life-Cycle Celebrant and writer. She began learning about Quaker eldering at a workshop in the mid-2000s, after which Elaine Emily invited her to a small gathering of elders to tell their eldering stories. What a wonderful journey it has been! She lives in Greenville, NC, with her husband.
Discerning Call, Acting Vocationally will explore some of the ways we learn to discern God’s leading for our lives and how to focus our best attention and activity on the work and witness that is ours to do.
Colin Saxton serves as FUM’s North American Ministries Director and Advancement Officer
Introduction to Faithful Meetings will overview the Faithful Meetings program offered through The School of the Spirit. It is grounded in the belief that spiritual deepening should, and can, begin at home. By exploring aspects of Quaker faith and process, Friends Meetings and churches will be provided opportunities to build spiritual and emotional bonds between members, learn about and engage in corporate and individual spiritual practices, and explore how to listen attentively and surely for the “still, small Voice” which guides each and all toward wholeness.
Mary Linda McKinney is a member of Nashville Friends Meeting. She is an interfaith spiritual director and facilitator with a gift for creating online and in-person spaces where people feel safe to explore their spiritual lives together.
Embodying the Good News will invite discussion around how Friends can engage the world with the gospel (The Good News for All People). In this current age of skepticism, the goodness, beauty, and truth of Jesus can still impart hope, offer meaning, invite belonging, and change lives.
Manny Garcia grew up in Hutchinson, Kansas, where he met his wife,Jenalee. Manny studied pastoral ministry at Barclay College before being called to Iowa as the youth pastor at Middle River Friends Church. In 2013, he was invited to serve as the lead pastor of Bangor Liberty Friends Church in Iowa Yearly Meeting. He earned a master’s degree from Barclay College during his time there. In 2015 he accepted the call to serve in Wichita, Kansas, as Northridge Friends Church's lead pastor. In 2020 he completed a Doctor of Ministry degree in leadership and spiritual formation from George Fox University. In August of 2021, Manny was presented with the opportunity to return to Iowa to serve as the General Superintendent of Iowa Yearly Meeting of Friends. In this role, he is excited to partner with local Meetings and Friends across Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin and our wider FUM body of Friends to reveal God’s kingdom more fully and see His will be done in the various communities served by Friends.
• Levi and Catherine Coffin House and Historic Site. The cost is $10.
• Walk to Springwood Park and Thistlethwaite Falls. The cost is free.
• There will also be an organized service opportunity in Richmond for those interested. Those joining online are encouraged to use the time to serve in their local community or get outside for rest/renewal.
For more information about Stoking the Fire, email Colin Saxton.