Salem Quarterly Meeting
Like, Friend, Share, and Follow: Quaker Outreach and Radical Welcome in the Digital Age
What challenges come to us as Quakers when we seek to share our gifts of Spirit and community in an ever-changing technological world? The Outreach working group of Fresh Pond Friends Meeting has been sitting with our experience of Quaker faith in community, how we invite newcomers into that shared work, and how our presence in the world grows in online spaces. In this workshop, we will share some of our findings, hopes, and concerns around translating our lives as Quakers, focusing specifically on how new media both offer challenges and opportunities for “letting our lives speak.” Through conversation, activities, and reflection, we will learn from each other on how to embody our Quaker testimonies in familiar interpersonal and written forms and less familiar, digital forms. Topics to be covered include: what gifts the Quaker Way holds for others, faithful practices in digital spaces, emerging experiments in worship, and potential obstacles to our welcome and growth. We hope to have brief discussions, interactive group inquiry, and resources for you to take back to your meetings for continued sharing and discussion. Please come!