God Raising Us: Parenting as a Spiritual Practice
When Eileen Flanagan became a mother, her spiritual world was dramatically discomposed. Bringing children into her life required her to find new ways to discern God's leadings; her ways of experiencing connection to the Divine were transformed, and her personal spiritual practices were tried, tested, and ultimately reinvented. In telling her own story -- the challenges faced, the lessons learned -- she calls on Friends to recognize parenthood as a phase of spiritual development with special gifts and needs, and suggests ways that we may begin to support the faith lives of parents and help our meetings be more fully multigenerational. Discussion questions are included.