Spiritual Formation Program

Spiritual Formation 2016-2017

Fall Retreat - September 2-4
Spring 2017 Retreat - Dates TBA
Priest Field Pastoral Center (Kearneysville, WV)

Do You Seek a Deeper Spiritual Experience?

Would Your Meeting Like to Deepen Its Spiritual Community?

You and your meeting 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 people in our busy culture 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.

Participants may attend retreat weekends either in the fall, the spring, or both. Attenders have reported that these retreats provided them with ideas and tools to share with their local meetings as well as a deeper connection with other meetings. However, attendance is not mandatory to participate with your local meeting. During the year, participants attend two meetings per month: (1) the Meeting of the local group to share reflections on a spiritual book that all have agreed to read; and (2) the 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.

Registration for the Fall Spiritual Formation Retreat has closed.

Registration for the Spring Spiritual Formation Retreat will open in 2017.

There will be some options for support for those who are having difficulty with the fees. If you need such support, please contact Marilyn Rothstein (804-892-0351) to see what options are available.

Spiritual Formation Registration
Have you participated in the Spiritual Formation Program before?
Fee Options
$240 for full cost. You may pay all or part now.
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How to bring a Spiritual Formation Program to your Meeting

  1. Read the booklet, The Baltimore Yearly Meeting Spiritual Formation Program: Deepening the Spiritual Experience of Modern Friends, to familiarize yourself with the Program.
  2. Designate a person from your Meeting to be a local contact person. Reach out to Alan Evans (alanwe46@gmail.com) or Amy Schmaljohn (aschmaljohn@friendsbalt.org) to get materials to distribute to interested individuals in your Meeting-or invite Alan and Amy to host an informal session or Spiritual Formation workshop at your Meeting.
  3. Write the name and phone number/email of the local contact person on the poster and hang it on your Meeting’s bulletin board.
  4. Make periodic announcements about the Program after Meeting for Worship.
  5. Ask your Meeting’s newsletter editor to include the newsletter information and registration form in the June and July newsletters.
  6. Encourage members and attenders of your Meeting to visit the BYM website for information about the Program.
  7. If your Meeting has a conference fund, encourage interested members and attenders to apply to the fund for scholarship aid to attend the Program.
  8. Email Marilyn Rothstein with any questions and to let her know that your Meeting will be participating in the Program this year.