You are invited to participate in the BYM Spiritual Formation Program.
The Baltimore Yearly Meeting Spiritual Formation Program invites its participants into a deeper experience of God’s presence through retreats, devotional readings, spiritual community and individual spiritual practices. Spiritual Formation provides a practical way for busy people to turn to God with their minds through spiritual reading, with their hearts through daily spiritual practices and with their human relationships through local friendship groups. Oxford Friends will discuss this opportunity at the July business meeting on the 14th.
Participants attend retreat weekends at the beginning (September 6-8, 2013) and end (May 9-11, 2014) of the Program year. During the year, participants attend two meetings per month: (1) the monthly meeting of the local group to share reflections on a spiritual book that all have agreed to read; and (2) the monthly meeting of the friendship group, a subset of the local group — usually three to five people — who meet to share spiritual journeys and to support one another in spiritual practices. In addition, each participant is encouraged to devote at least 15 minutes per day to a spiritual practice. Those who participate in the Program are rewarded with a closer relationship with God and an opportunity to form deep spiritual friendships.
If you would like to participate in the 2013-2014 Spiritual Formation Program, send in the registration form along with payment (the cost covers both retreats) by August 16, 2013. Mark your calendar for the retreat dates: beginning retreat September 6-8, 2013, and ending retreat May 9-11, 2014.