Christine Hall’s Blog

Blackberries and Burning Bushes: The Holy in the Ordinary

Earth’s crammed with heaven,
And every common bush afire with God;
But only he who sees, takes off his shoes,
The rest sit round it and pluck blackberries…
           —From ‘Aurora Leigh’ Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861)

This I Know Experimentally

by Christine Hall “Thus, when God doth work who shall prevent it? And this I knew experimentally." —George Fox, 1647 (Quaker) WHAT DO YOU KNOW THAT YOU KNOW ABOUT THE HOLY? What’s unshakeable because you’ve lived it, felt it in your bones? How did you come to trust...

Ears to Hear, Eyes to See

Photo: Christine Hall By Christine Hall In this day when the burdens of humanity    press so heavily upon usI would begin not first with techniques of servicebut with the most "Serious Call to a Devout Life,"a life of such humble obedience to the...

All Things New: Online Retreats Too

By Christine Hall IT WAS A HOLY EXPERIMENT. In May we asked, ‘How might a full, five-day retreat happen ONLINE for the Way of the Spirit program I direct?’ It’s thrilling and deeply gratifying to report that the May retreat conveyed and enfolded us with the same Life...

Spiritual Facilitation Online

WE ARE ALL EXPERIENCING NEW WAYS OF CONNECTING for worship and mutual support online. Some gatherings are more satisfying than others. What helps? This post speaks to facilitators of small group sessions for spiritual encouragement and growth—retreats, spiritual...

Listening in Tongues

By Christine Hall IF WE CARE ABOUT vibrant, transformative faith communities, how do we help it happen? That’s the ideal we foster in Way of the Spirit—an 18 month program for learning and spiritual growth from Quaker spirituality. Over the years, we’ve taken up the...