The Tuesday Worship Group is a network of Friends who support each other in faithful living. All members of our group are in their "2nd 3rd" of life: we are between the ages of 25 and 60. Some of us worship together regularly, and others stay in touch more loosely. Many of us met at the FGC Gathering. Because we are spread across the US, we often worship via zoom.
Like an extended family or a friend network, we call individually and check in. But unlike most family groups, we talk pretty regularly about our spiritual lives. How is your practice?" "Are you living out your gifts?" We might ask each other kind of nosy, unusual questions, like: "What are you doing to stay grounded?" This kind of accountability is important. It's inspired by our mentors in the Quaker community, including Marcelle Martin and Danelle Laflower. Marcelle's Faithfulness Groups were very key in forming our foundation.
We meet a few times a month to focus on worship-sharing. These evenings are very flexible. We see them as a standing date with Spirit, which we can choose to attend, or not, week to week. Flexibility is different than flimsiness, though. We commit to bringing 100% of ourselves whenever we show up in the group. This means that we bring our emotions, our cares, our concerns, and our gifts, actively into the space.
Our group is very fluid. This fluidity helps us to support good work, while also being nimble. In addition to the flexibility, we commit to being brave, honest, and accountable to one another. This helps us give birth to the ministry that we are called to do. Some of the initiatives of past / present attenders include:
Connect the Commons
Creative online tools that combine mutual aid, and strong communities. Spearheaded by Alice Grendon, and supported by a clearness committee held with two other members of the Tuesday Worship Group.
The Listening Project
Reinvigorating Quaker roots by listening to the voices of young people. Listening sessions are held by JT Dorr-Bremme and Johanna Jackson, with spiritual grounding offered by members of the Tuesday Worship Group.
An art installation by Cai Quirk, focusing on the natural beauty and spirituality of gender diversity. Transcendence is an act of restoryation -- creating new queer myths and stories where others have been suppressed, and lifting up connections between gender and the natural world.
A network of Quakers who support spirituality and positive values, with a focus on work and vocations. Co-clerked with Nick Dosch and several other Friends, with encouragement from members of the Tuesday Worship Group.