Out of a great hunger for God's love and guidance, Michael Wajda has spent his adult life seeking to experience the presence of God. In small ways and large, his search has been answered. In this pamphlet, he offers readers his personal story and tells what he has learned about the practice of "Expectant Listening." He encourages individuals to notice the variety of ways in which God comes to them in their lives, revealing God's "deep, long thread of guidance."
Michael Wajda travels widely among Friends, leading retreats, giving talks, and seeking to help strengthen the spiritual life of our meetings. Michael has been a Friend since the late 1960s, and has been active over the years in four monthly meetings and two yearly meetings. In the 1970s he served as Coordinator of Salem Quarterly Meeting, a field staff position in Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. In the 1990s he was clerk of PYM's Meeting on Worship and Ministry. He currently serves as Associate Secretary for Development and Interpretation for Friends General Conference.
Michael has taught Quakerism as part of the Quaker Studies Program in Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, is a graduate of the School of the Spirit's course "On Being a Spiritual Nurturer," and travels in the ministry with a minute from his meeting that is also endorsed by his quarterly and yearly meetings.
In the mid 1980s Michael and his wife, Alison Levie, helped establish Central Finger Lakes Monthly Meeting, a part of New York Yearly Meeting. Their plenary address to Southeastern Yearly Meeting, "Shaped by the Light: The Quaker Experience of Worship, Community, and Transformation," was published by SEYM in 2001.Michael and his family are members of Goshen Monthly Meeting near West Chester, Pennsylvania.