In the intimacy that develops over time in a Spiritual Nurture Group, members connect on a deep level of the Spirit. Coming together in a group to share and listen gives birth to a way of being in community that is sacred. The silence of Quaker worship – the listening for the still voice within – is at the heart of the process described in this pamphlet. It is in experiencing this silence and being able to share what it reveals that participants come to reach a new depth of intimacy within themselves, with group members, and with other people in their lives.
This essay by Daphne Clement, an experienced facilitator of Spiritual Nurture Groups, is both an introduction to this kind of spiritual nurture and a guide for those interested in creating a group. Clement sets forth the benefits of the spiritual companioning that regular meetings foster and offers readers a step-by-step explanation of the process a group follows.
By Daphne Clement
Pendle Hill Pamphlet #373