The Adult Religious Education (ARE) Committee schedules classes on a variety of topics. Anyone is welcome to attend! They are usually held on the 2nd and/or 4th Sundays at 9:30 a.m. in the basement (music) room of the SAM building (Science, Arts, Music building) of Sidwell Friends Lower School campus.
**September 22, 9:15 in the Groome Building multipurpose room
A Workshop on The Gift of Presence, lead by Bill Dietrich
It’s been said that “presence” is the most important gift we give to another, especially at the end of life. True presence for another means more than physical presence. It involves “...an offering of our awareness, our willingness, and our participation,” says author Gunilla Norris.
At times our calculating minds can get in the way, and we think we must “do something,” defaulting into helping or fixing mode, or getting distracted and not really seeing or hearing the other. Yet what the one with whom we sit most needs is for us to simply “be” there in self-giving service.
The workshop will be led by Bill Dietrich. a BFM member living in Rehoboth Beach DE, where he offers individual spiritual guidance and serves as Lead Volunteer Chaplain at the Delaware Hospice Center in Milford. Bill also teaches in the Shalem Institute's program for spiritual guidance and serves on the Board of --Companioning the Dying: Opening Fully to Living, a 9-month formation and enrichment program in Montgomery County for those accompanying persons at end of life.
If you'd like child care through Grade 6 while attending, please use the "Contact Us" form or email Marion H. (see Directory) 10 days in advance.
Past ARE Events Please contact the ARE committee clerk if you would like them to consider repeating a class listed below.