Rooted in the spiritual tradition of St. Francis, Clare and in Scripture. Franciscan Solidarity Tables are an invitation to 'Come to the Table' and sit beside the Lord, to sit alongside one another to build relationship & local community.
AN INCLUSIVE FRANCISCAN TABLE COMMUNITY
FST Circle Table Gathering
Saturday, October 7, 2019 at 9:30 am
FST Circle Table Gathering
Saturday, October 21, at 9:30
"So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."
WELCOMING YOU TO THE TABLE
"At Spaces For Encounter all "Franciscan and Franciscan-hearted" people who want to explore and experience this Franciscan path with others, regardless of religious affiliation, are welcome".
Spaces For Encounter is an ecumenically intended Franciscan Solidarity Table serving Southern California and based in Long Beach, CA. We are affiliated with the Franciscan Action Network and draw inspiration from the historically influential Franciscan traditions and heritage in California. It was envisioned to teach contemplative practices to increase our awareness of how our encounters with God, with each other, our institutions and the natural world are spaces available to grow our capacity to bring more aliveness to our lives and others.
The purpose of the Solidarity Table is to organize local groups of Franciscans and Franciscan hearted people around its core practice of the Circle Table Process, a communal contemplative practice to build relationships and local community and to advocate with the Franciscan family in the areas of peace, justice, and the care of creation. These qualities are intrinsic to the Franciscan charism. We propose to help each group to deepen its knowledge and spiritual awareness of the Franciscan tradition from which these values come.
The Franciscan Solidarity Tables are open not only to professed Franciscans but also Franciscan-Hearted people who want to know more about Francis and Clare's radical way of living out the Gospel and want to grow in that spiritually through action and contemplation. It is intended to be a space that is ecumenical where potentially people from any Franciscan tradition - (Catholic, Anglican, Lutheran, Episcopal and Ecumenical) and Franciscan-Hearted people can come together to pray and build relationships to collaborate on projects and events that live the Gospel in action.
ABOUT OUR COMMUNITY
The Franciscan Action Network connects Franciscans and Franciscan-hearted individuals from all branches of the Franciscan family tree through Franciscan Solidarity Tables, a grassroots advocacy initiative that is taking shape in cities throughout the country.
Franciscan Solidarity Table (Beginning October 2019)
Franciscan Solidarity Table
"The whole earth is a living icon of the face of God".
St. John of Damascus
A Bi-Monthly GATHERING
every 1st & 3rd Saturday, 9:30 am at the place to be determined, FST companions gather for rotating study, simple living projects, contemplation, and community action.
Coffee For A Cause
We are coffee lovers at Spaces For Encounter! Our fellow FST Inner Sky Hermitage has a small micro-roaster on site where they roast organic, Fair Trade coffees for local charities. They roast coffee for our friends and family at a suggested donation of $10/pound. All proceeds from our coffee donations go directly to local community action projects.