My Commitment to Quaker Faith and Values
"I have been a member of San Francisco Monthly Meeting in Pacific Yearly Meeting since 1996.
My covenant with God within the Religious Society of Friends is to wait upon the Lord and to follow the instructions of the Holy Spirit. In my understanding of Quaker faith and values, curiosity is welcome, rigorous self-examination is important, mutual support and accountability are necessary, and Holy Obedience is the goal.
I first read about Quakerism in a little book by Rufus Jones right after graduating from college in 1991.The elements of Quakerism that first attracted me were the expectation that God will speak to us if we listen, simplicity of life; equality of all, including women in worship; and non-violent action. In the last few years, I have been increasingly drawn to traditional Friends testimonies regarding plain dress and alcohol and to newer testimonies regarding care for all creation.
My husband and I met at 15th Street Meeting in New York and were married there in 1994. Part of my commitment is to raise our children in a Quaker family and to share my faith with other children in our wider Quaker world."
Compare, contrast, discuss amongst yourselves.
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