Copies of Marcelle’s second book, the recently-released “A Guide to Faithfulness Groups,” will be available for sale and signing after the lecture.
Today there is a great hunger for deeper spiritual intimacy. No matter how well rooted in the Spirit our Quaker meetings may be, it is only in one-on-one interactions or small groups that we can deeply reveal ourselves and receive the loving, personal spiritual support we all need to be fully faithful. In such contexts, we can encourage each other to speak truths that are lodged deep within and may never have been spoken before. Marcelle Martin will address how we can support each other in hearing and faithfully responding to the nudges, leadings to service, and transformation to which God calls us. Faithfulness groups are small groups that meet on a regular basis over time to help each members grow in spiritual awareness and responsiveness to divine guidance. There we come to know each other and express our love and care for one another in the fullness of ourselves. As we grow into wholeness, the spiritual vitality and growth we experience can flow into the life of the larger meeting community, and beyond, in wonderful ways.
Marcelle Martin is the author of Our Life is Love: The Quaker Spiritual Journey. The resident Quaker Studies teacher at Pendle Hill for four years, she leads workshops across the United States and is a core teacher for the nine-month program, “Nurturing Faithfulness.” On her blog, “A Whole Heart” (awholeheart.com), she writes about spirituality today, taking inspiration from the past to help us find the courage to be all we have been created to be in our day. In April, Pendle Hill will publish her new pamphlet, Cultivating a Culture of Faithfulness. Marcelle is a member of Swarthmore Meeting and lives in Chester with her husband, Terry.