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Spirituality Gathering – Day 2

March 11, 2022 @ 8:30 am 6:30 pm

General Information

  • Free admission to all ESR / BTS/ EC students
  • Community members are encouraged to pay a $30 fee for conference & Saturday lunch.
  • Masks are required for all in-person events.
  • Participants can only attend one workshop/sample class at a time.


Friday, March 11

Music session8.30 – 9.00Quigg + ZoomGretchen & DavidCentering session To prepare for the welcoming address
Welcome address9 – 9.30Quigg + ZoomGretchenFree admission All are invited either in person or on zoom
Hermit Crabs and the Hospitality of Genre10 – 11 amzoomBen BrazilSample class  
Room at the Table: Global Quaker view on Hospitality10 – 11 amzoomGretchen CastleSample class  
Setting Out the Welcome Mat: practical hospitality in a virtual world2 pm – 3 pmzoomKriss MillerWorkshops
Free admission
(Registration required)
LGBTQ+ Spirituality and the Bible: The responsibility of the Cis / Heterosexual2 pm – 3 pmzoomApril Vanlonden 
In-person musical interlude-5- 6.30 pmESR classroom buildingMimi Holland 

Event Summary


Michael Birkel (ESR professor of Spirituality) will be discussing the question of being a “guest” in other people’s religion/Spirituality. Michael and Lonnie will also lead A Conversation on Interfaith Encounters drawing from their collective experiences of teaching students from a wide variety of faiths at ESR.

More Workshops

Stories of Drawing the Bigger Circle

by Tammy Forner

Tammy will share a story depicting a uniquely framed occurrence of hospitality that unfolded in a secular ministry of work and invites your observations about the encounter as a ground for open discussion. She invites you to bring a story that we might consider as well.

Milarepa and the Cave Demons: Exploring Hospitality in Buddhist Thought and Practice

by Natalia Bowdoin (ESR M. Div. Student)

Natalia Bowdoin will lead a workshop helping participants Explore hospitality in the Buddhist practice.

Information Session

Prospective students learn more about ESR and explore the different offerings ESR is known for.

Alumni Panel

Select alumni share about their current ministries and how ESR has helped shape them. They also take questions from prospective students.

Room at the Table: Global Quaker view on Hospitality

by Gretchen (ESR Dean)

Gretchen will share from her experience working with Quakers globally on the quaker view of hospitality and how that fits into the more extensive discussion on Spirituality.  

Setting Out the Welcome Mat: practical hospitality in a virtual world

by Kriss Miller (ESR MAPST Student)

Kriss will lead a workshop on the practicality of hospitality in a virtual world. How do we show hospitality in the current context of Covid-19?

LGBTQ+ Spirituality and the Bible: The responsibility of the Cis / Heterosexual

by April Vanlonden (Joint Seminaries Registrar)

April will discuss the responsibility of the straight in guarding the Spirituality of the LGBTQ+ community as a form of hospitality.

“Tienes Tu Casa” Message of Friendship and hospitality from friends in Cuba

by Jade and Tom Rockwell

Jade and Tom will talk about  â€œyou have your home,” a message from their recent visit to Quakers in Cuba.