Travel in Ministry
I don’t have the exact wording, but that was the spirit of the thing, as I understood it. On the surface, this seems like a good thing. Yes, Friends should consider how to minimize the ecological damage we cause in any way. But I am concerned that the minute did not include any statement that we see traveling and seeing each other in person as an important part of our work in the world. I think it is imperative to do difficult business face to face. To be able to feel where words come from, a la John Woolman. This was mentioned in the introduction of the minute, but it will not be in the statement that our Friends will carry with them.
I actually think we need more traveling in the ministry, more face to face, personal communication among Friends of all stripes. But perhaps we need to travel more slowly, to pass through or even stop in more places, to use the less energy-consuming but more time-consuming methods of transportation. How would giving more time to our Friendly travel affect our ministry? Our worldly pursuits? Would this give us more time to prepare for our in person communication? Would we be more aware of our effect on the Earth? As in
from William Penn, Some Fruits of Solitude, 1693,
“It would go a long way to caution and direct people in their use of the world, that they were better studied and knowing in the Creation of it. For how could [they] find the confidence to abuse it, while they should see the Great Creator stare them in the face, in all and every part thereof?
as quoted in PYM’s Faith and Practice,
Advices and Queries on Harmony with Creation
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