And here [perhaps] is the true unity

And here is the true unity, in the Spirit, in the inward life, and not in an outward uniformity...

And oh, how sweet and pleasant it is to the truly spiritual eye to see several sorts of believers, several forms of Christians in the school of Christ, every one learning their own lesson, performing their own peculiar service, and knowing, owning, and loving one another in their several places and different performances to their Master... For this is the true ground of love and unity, not that such a man walks and does just as I do, but because I feel the same Spirit and life in him...
walking sweetly and harmoniously together in the midst of different practices.

Isaac Penington, Works, 1681 ed., Pt. 1, pp. 240-241.

From a bookmark printed by the Wider Quaker Fellowship, a program of Friends World Committee for Consultation, Section of the Americas.


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Blogger anonymous julie said...

Hmmm. That's nicely written. Thanks.

My word verification for this post: ooapta!

3/02/2006 3:10 PM  

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