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MEET SARAH UPDIKE

“Companionship is a way of life that will weave itself into every aspect of your life – even if you don’t intend it to!”

It all started when my church choir director invited me to attend a Companion chapter meeting. I enjoyed it so much that I went back for a second meeting and decided this was a group I wanted to be part of.

As a Discerner, I went to a “quiet day” at Adelynrood. I had been reading Emily Morgan’s letters. To find myself in the place she wrote about was very powerful. During that visit I realized I really wanted to be a Companion – not just because of the lovely women in the chapter, but because I had been a Companion my entire life without knowing it.

Today, I love being with a group of women who think about, pray about and act about things that matter. I have opportunities to learn about issues and think about them in different ways. Best of all, I have a group of women to learn from and grow with.

I’ve become more aware of ways I can connect with social justice issues and initiatives in my workplace. Knowing I have other Companions to help me navigate the sometimes uncomfortable spaces has made me more courageous. I’m more prayerful and more satisfied with “enough.” In fact, being a Companion has given me the support I need to more fully embrace the simplicity and spirituality that I always have been drawn to.

If you are a woman looking for a faith-based program that is focused on who YOU are, as a child of God, not as a mother, wife, employee, sister, daughter, etc., then the Companions is your group. If you’re seeking to deepen your prayer life, discuss deep questions and wrestle with difficult issues, Companions is for you. Companionship is a way of life that will weave itself into every aspect of your life – even if you don’t intend it to!

Sarah is a teambuilding specialist in the technology group of a major financial services company. When she’s not dreaming up teambuilding games, she can be found knitting, crocheting or attempting to master lace-making.
Sarah Updike, Companion, North Carolina Chapter

SARAH UPDIKE

Companion, North Carolina Chapter

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KATHIE WILBERT

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JUDITH CONLEY

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Alex Woody, Companion, Ann Arbor Chapter

ALEX WOODY

Companion, Ann Arbor Chapter

testimonials
Lynn Adams, Companion Northwest Chapter

"Companions is the circle where I feel seen and heard, liked and welcomed as my whole self. In turn, with Companions I learn how to see, hear and welcome others on a more intimate level than is common today. Talking with Companions feels like a series of interesting explorations. And not surprisingly, my prayer life has deepened significantly."

LYNN ADAMS
Companion, Northwest Chapter
Anne Campbell, Companion Ann Arbor Chapter

"My chapter is such a source of inspiration and strength with amazing women who have been contributors in so many ways. It’s a reminder that we always have something to give back. No matter how small or insignificant we think that contribution is, it makes a difference to someone else."

ANNE CAMPBELL
Companion, Ann Arbor Chapter
Trish Braga, Companion, Minnesota Chapter

“The Companions have been my support and the “big sisters” I never had. We have laughed and cried together and held each other’s hands through joy and grief. I can’t imagine life without them.”

TRISH BRAGA
Companion, Minnesota Chapter
Elise Keddie, Companion California Northern Chapter

"We have great diversity in how we engage in prayer and in living out our Aims. But there is a kinship that I have not found in other organizations: our relationship with Christ is applied to each other."

ELISE KEDDIE
Companion, California Northern Chapter
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