PNW Franciscan Solidarity Table (Beginning August 2019)
A Pacific Northwest Franciscan Solidarity Table
"The whole earth is a living icon of the face of God".
St. John of Damascus
Sundays, 9:30am at the Inner Sky Hermitage, FST companions gather for rotating study, simple living projects, contemplation, and community action.
- Study involves the use of Franciscan speakers, books and films for expanded knowledge and insight around the eight Franciscan values of, 1) Care for Creation, 2) Dignity of the Human Person, 3) Consistent Ethic of Life, 4) Respect for the Poor and Vulnerable, 5) Peace and Reconciliation, 6) Justice in Relationships, 7) Ongoing Conversion, and 8) Agents of Change.
- Simple Living Projects involves active engagement in practical projects that support a simple lifestyle to limit the impact of our consumer culture. Practices may involve growing and preparing our own food, creating practical items with waste products, and sharing methods to support our daily commitment to live a humble life without excess.
- Contemplation practices include nature contemplation, meditation and body prayer (yoga). Nature contemplation centers on themes of Noticing, Appreciation, Wonder, Thanksgiving, Mortality, Reverence, Hospitality, Humility, Silence, Love, Beauty, Pain, Revelation, Hope and more. Yoga flows are created around Franciscan themes including the Canticle of the Creatures and the Beatitudes.
- Community Action at Inner Sky focuses on providing healthy and safe food and shelter for all created beings. This community action is supported through advocacy work to prevent, resist and transform systems and approaches that harm our interconnected community.
Honoring the Franciscan tradition of contemplation, FST companions may participate in seasonal silent weekend retreats following St. Francis' Rule for Hermitages at the Inner Sky Hermitage. Directed by David and Tamara Milliken.
An annual renewal and reconciliation pilgrimage is held the first week of October with FST companions. Pilgrimages vary in days and location each year. Scholarships are available based on financial need.