Fridays are the heart of the formation and training program at The Road. The Friday sessions are a combination of spiritual practice and discernment, community building, and training in skills for servant leadership and spiritual activism. Fridays are also a time for a lively communal meal and great conversation.
Two Fridays a month we concentrate on practices of theological and spiritual reflection and two Fridays a month on acquiring skills in areas such as conflict transformation, community organizing, and deep listening. Of course we occasionally veer from the schedule for special events, celebrations, retreats or pilgrimages. In addition, Friday sessions provide support for vocational discernment. How do we discern and engage the healing, creative, and prophetic work that God is calling each of us to do?
Equipped to love and serve
All our work is rooted in the belief that we are most free when we are free to love God, self, and neighbor, and equipped to love and serve our neighbors with both joy and effectiveness. Therefore formation as servant leaders, justice seekers, and community builders is both an inward and outward path of discovery and growth.
Our Friday morning formation times were transformational in ways that I am convinced I will still be discovering for some time to come. I found that coming together to share in prayer and reflection was a sort of cleansing rhythm, a re-calibration that I looked forward to each week. We opened up to each other in that space in ways that we didn’t at other times, I feel it gave me a much better understanding of some of the deeper questions and challenges my housemates were facing. Visiting mentors and friends brought wisdom, questions, and perspectives that sparked conversation and practices all year long. It was a humbling delight to be a part of such a cloud of witnesses in our city. My most significant learning about social justice has probably been that I really don’t know half as much as I think I do, and while the desire to be an advocate is strong—a part of my own cry at injustice—being a part of a communal dialogue is something that I should undertake with intention, and only after listening deeply to what's already at work. I have learned much about how I have in the past claimed my own voice in leadership, and the work I have yet to do in claiming my own voice. I worked with and under leaders of all types, and have taken gems from so many of them.
– Addie Washington