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What is the Spirituality Journey?

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In January, a new pathway begins for people who participated in the 8-week fall journey in The Nearness. This next 8-week pathway, which we call “Spirituality,” aims to help us connect with the divine. Its focus will be curated texts that help us go deeper and discuss our innermost spiritual questions and beliefs; rich connections with a small group and new opportunities to connect with the broader community; and building a framework for our spiritual lives. It will also feature workshops and interviews with expert spiritual practice teachers and weekly audio guidance from Casper!

This pathway will be the first of four eight-week journeys in 2023. Each journey will have a different theme, which together comprise a four-part framework for our spiritual lives: 

A diagram of our spiritual framework. It is a circle broken up into four quadrants, labeled “1. Spirituality—connect with the divine”, “2. Becoming—connect with the self”, “3. Togetherness—connect with others”, and “4. Showing Up—connect with the world”. At the center of the diagram is a spiral.
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When does the Spirituality Journey take place?

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The Spirituality Journey will last for 8 weeks, from January 9, 2023 until March 5, 2023.

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Will the Journey continue to involve weekly small-group meetings?

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Yes! Deep connections with others in weekly small group meetings will remain the centerpiece of The Nearness.

Small groups of six will be created from existing small groups, where possible, depending on the time everyone selects for their weekly gathering. Where groups aren’t complete, they will combine with others from the community to make a new group of six.

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How much will it cost?

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You can sign up for the experience at $169 per quarter here or $676 for all four quarterly pathways in the year here—or, as always, we have a pay-what-you-can option. Just email hello@thenearness.coop.

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What will be new about this experience?

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From the foundation that you've built this fall, we’re going to go deeper into our spirituality—reading sacred texts, experimenting with practices to connect with the divine, and developing a spiritual framework for us as individuals. You'll explore questions like "What is the divine?" in your small group and engage in practices to strengthen your sense of transcendent connection.

We'll also support you to self-organize structured conversations that you'd like to share with others in the community. This might include text-focused conversations on poetry, books, movies, or songs of interest, as well as structured conversations to share stories and practices on meaningful themes like grief and loss.

Our hope is that in joining this next cycle of themed pathway - whether you sign up for the year, or just the first one for now - you'll strengthen your connection to an ongoing community and a rhythm of life.

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Can I pick a new meeting time?

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Yes! We’ll be offering seven meeting times, and you can pick whichever would be best for you:

  • Tuesday 9:00am—10:30am Eastern Time (ET) 
  • Tuesday 7:30pm—9:00pm ET
  • Wednesday 12:00pm—1:30pm ET
  • Thursday 2:00pm—3:30pm ET
  • Thursday 10:00pm—11:30pm ET 
  • Sunday at 1:00pm—2:30pm ET 
  • Sunday 7:00pm—8:30pm ET
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Will I go through the Spirituality Journey with my existing group?

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Yes - depending on who signs up and what time everyone chooses for their regular gathering time, of course. We'll match folks who've been in the same group before, but will likely also have a few new faces in your small group to make up six people in each group. So, to ensure you join your same group, pick your same meeting time as before.

If you have any questions about this or special requests, please reach out to hello@thenearness.coop. Thank you!

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Any further questions?

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We'd love to hear from you! Please email us at hello@thenearness.coop!