Starting this month, we are going to have a series of posters in one of our front windows with excerpts from our book of Faith and Practice. The first one is from page 1:
The religious practices of Friends are founded in direct communion with God and the conviction that the Divine Light is accessible to each person; yet it is one Light, one Truth. We wait with hearts and minds open to the Divine so that Truth will be made known among us.
Our corporate search for God’s word is the heart of the Quaker Meeting for Worship. We believe that God, the Light, the Truth, is part of our being. We say, “there is that of God in everyone.” Truth is continually revealed to us, often through a gathered mystical experience. We learn to recognize the truth by experience.
I intend to post the text of the new signs, each time we change them. Some are more wordy and intellectual sounding than others. This is the longest one. What they all share is that they express the essentially religious nature of our community - in God language.
We had a series of quotes from MLK Jr. starting in September 2001. And a few banners, one saying all welcome, one with graffiti-style art that said something about Justice and Peace, one that said Congratulations to the Newlyweds during the time that our City was marrying same sex couples.
Now we're going to be more clear that we're a Religious Society, not just peace and justice advocates. It's also a more modern looking design than some Quakerly publications. It's important to me that we not appear to be the Religious Society of Antiquarians.
We'll see how it goes, in the meeting and in the wider community. I invite your feedback.
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