waiting worship at Vox Populi Gallery

waiting worship at Vox Populi Gallery DecemberDec 11 2022 18:00 - 19:30 America/New_YorkVox Populi Gallery, 319 n 11th st 3rd floor, Philadelphia, 19107

Meeting for Worship at Vox Populi Gallery + Gentle Sound & Light Bath Doors: 6:00 pm / Worship 6:30-7:30 pm
Sitting next to someone without words is an oddly intimate act. There is something indescribable about doing this with a large group of people. You are invited to find a comfortable place in the room and see how little you can possibly do. We won't be doing anything. It is an experiment in seeing where we our taken, individually and as a group, when we are able to get out of our own way even just a little bit. We can call it meditation, or silent prayer.. it can be a religious feeling or one of deep relaxation depending on what language or interpretation feels right for you. I've often described it like the group is connecting a circuit, allowing a current of energy to pass between us - there is something significant about the group act of sharing presence which is unique from waiting alone.
In this deep place of receptivity sometimes words ideas, images or feelings may bubble up. This may be meant for you alone or for the group - If this happens and you feel moved to share - you are invited to speak into the silence and share your experience. This is a heavy burden however, because to break the silence one must carry the weight that though no words are being outwardly spoken it doesn't mean that communication is not occurring. The practice of waiting worship is borrowed from the society of friends, or Quakers. Although I believe it has many precedents throughout time and history. Early Friends (as they are called) sought to remove the barriers of pageantry and hierarchy which had grown up in their time separating the individual seeker and the experience of holy communion or mystery . In our time and in our lives these barriers may look different . Then as Now, within the scope of this event all we can say its let's get together, Wait and See...

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