On Fire: Renewing Quakerism through a convergence of Friends
I can say that it was an honor and a pleasure to work with Liz Opp and Martin Kelley live and in person. I had met Martin once before, briefly, but Liz and I met for the first time on Saturday evening, July 1. On Sunday July 2nd, the three of us sat down together for the first time and asked, "So what are we going to do tomorrow night?" I had brought a few ideas and we considered them, adopting some and not needing others. Even this planning meeting was graced by the presence of Spirit. We were able to share a little of our own interests and concerns and to reach a level of conocimiento, of comfort with each other that boded well for our interest group.
One of our clearest agreements was that we should arrive early enough to get set up and to settle into worship before everyone arrived, and to stay in silent gathering prayer for at least fifteen minutes after 7:00. As people arrived, they too would be able to center down, to Be. Here. Now., and to understand that this was a serious attempt at Quakering. We figured that the folks who would be attracted to our interest group would get it. We were right.
I will follow this with three related posts:
1) the list of spiritual practices and disciplines that participants named as bringing them strength and/or joy
2) the text I wrote out with my spiritual journey that I shared as part of the interest group
3)the list of some Quaker books that we think are important that we handed out.
God's tender mercies are over all.
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