"Following the Inner Light: Spiritual Deepening and Activism"
120 Pisgah Church Road
Columbia, South Carolina 29204March 17-19, 2017
One’s journey through life provides many opportunities to ‘go deeper’ and to let our lives speak through activism. How do these two strands stand alone and converge in our individual lives? In what ways have we been able to strengthen each for the betterment of the whole?
Marian Beane will share from her own life’s journey and invite others into the conversation so that all might grow deeper in spirit and in commitment to being active in our world.
Marian grew up in a Quaker family on an Iowa farm. Following graduate studies she was led to volunteer for two years at the Ramallah Friends School followed by a school term among Friends in Kenya. She will speak about her recent return visit 45 year later and her observations on what has changed and what is the same.
Her life’s work has been in providing guidance and support for international students at UNC Charlotte. Among Friends is an active member of Charlotte Friends Meeting, has served in leadership roles in Friends General Conference, Piedmont Friends Fellowship and Yearly Meeting, and recently joined the Board of Right Sharing of World Resources (RSWR).
Marian will be available to also speak about the joys of forming of a new yearly meeting –Piedmont Friends Yearly Meeting and the opportunities it has provided to be faithful in listening and following the Inner Light.
Palmetto Friends Gathering is a fellowship of Quaker meetings in South Carolina that follows the unprogrammed manner of worship. The meetings include Aiken Worship Group, Charleston Monthly Meeting, Columbia Monthly Meeting, Five Rivers Monthly Meeting, and Greenville Monthly Meeting. Unprogrammed meetings traditionally meet in silence until someone in the group rises to speak, usually for a short message. After a period of about an hour, the clerk of the meeting closes the silent worship by welcoming everyone. People then greet each other, announcements are made, and people visit, return home, or continue with subsequent planned activities.
The Gathering meets annually each Spring for a weekend of worship, programs, and fellowship. The location of the gathering moves around the state from year to year.