One of the most enlivening aspects of my work is visiting local meetings across New England, connecting with Friends and encouraging the Life of the Spirit in the Quaker Movement.
In my travels in recent years—in meetings small and large, pastoral and unprogrammed, urban and rural, with meetinghouses and without—I’ve noticed similarities that seem to underlie our diversity. Though we organize and express our common life as Friends in myriad ways, at the root of our life together are several ways of being and doing that to me seem essential.
I’ve been searching for ways to describe these qualities, and want to ask for your experience and perspective.
In our meetings, when we’re thriving, I see us:
- worshipping together
- learning to love one another
- engaging and exploring Friends’ tradition and how it’s relevant today
- supporting one another to live our faith in our daily lives
- making decisions together—with Divine guidance—and acting on those decisions
I’d love to hear about your experience of these aspects of our common life as together we continue to share, learn, nourish and encourage the thriving of our local meetings, which are the heart of the Quaker Movement.
You can email me here; I look forward to hearing from you.
In this issue, you’ll find news of how Friends are doing this work throughout our region. I hope you find these stories and opportunities enlivening.
In faith and service,
New England Yearly Meeting of Friends (Quakers)