Last weekend, my husband and I participated in a workshop to strengthen our relationship.
We joined seven other couples for a Couples Enrichment workshop organized by Whidbey Island (WA) Friends Meeting. Cathy Walling and Scott Bell led us in this event sponsored by Friends General Conference; click on the link to learn more about it.
|Cathy and Scott
Workshops are open to any adult couple in a committed relationship regardless of marital status, gender identity, sexual orientation, or meeting affiliation. We were a group of Quakers and non-Quakers, couples together less than a year to those married for over thirty years. Cathy and Scott created a worshipful Quaker atmosphere of trust and respect, sharing the joys and struggles of their own relationship and their commitment to growth. They led us to:
• Take stock, reviewing together what we value in each other
• Take time to work through differences or unresolved disagreements
• See how other couples relate
• Witness the power of God’s healing love.
We learned that, even after 35 years, there’s more to learn, more ways to grow. Thanks to the Couples Enrichment weekend, we’re doing just that.
“Afterthoughts” are my blog version of a practice followed in some Quaker meetings. After meeting for worship ends, people continue in silence for a few more minutes during which they’re invited to share thoughts or reflect on the morning’s worship. I’ve adopted the form here for last-day-of-the-month brief reflections on headlines, quotes, comments overheard,
maybe even bumper stickers.