The Amazing Fact of Quaker Worship

A brief reflection by meeting member, Glenn Morison. Gorman, George H.  The Amazing Fact of Quaker Worship, London: Quaker Books. 1973 Content George Gorman was born in 1916 and passed away in 1982.  He became a Quaker as a teenager and one of the most respected Quaker writers of his century.  The book is the publication of his Swarthmore Lecture Series in 1973.  There are no definitive Quaker statements but this book would be as close to that as it is possible to come. The intriguing title is explained as referring to the “fact” that something so simple as a group of people sitting quietly in a circle has proven to be something amazing for so many people over such a long time. The book is both descriptive and prescriptive, although the style is very gentle offering suggestions and invitations rather than rules or constraints. The book also weaves history, current practice and reflection in way than you are never far from each source of understanding.  It is both very practical including such details as what you can expect people to wear but hardly pedantic as it takes on such questions such as devoting an entire chapter to the question, […]

Notes from Quaker study on Restoring Indigenous Community Economies

We have committed ourselves to study and action on issues that are relevant to us and relate to traditional Quaker Testimonies. We are delighted to have one of our regular attenders, Robert Miller lead a study session for us recently.  These are notes that he shared. Notes from Quaker Study on Treaty Relations “Restoring Indigenous Community Economies” [R.M. February 12, 2017] Two quotes for worship focus: “If you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time.But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work ” – Lilla Watson, Australian Indigenous activist, academic and artist “… changing entrenched economic patterns needs to be borne forward on a great river of public concern and shared respectful vision. We pray for that river to rise in our land.” – Aboriginal Rights Coalition (Canada, 2000) WORSHIP CELEBRATING OUR ACTIONS:  What have we done, either individually or collectively, to engage in reconciliation in the past year? We read: Breathing Life into the Stone Fort Treaty by Aimée Craft – life changing Printed 6000 copies of “94 Calls to Action” in pamphlet form We Are All Treaty People Celebration Committee – planning an event this coming […]

Quakers are “rooted in Christianity”

If you want to explore what this phrase means come to our study session at 9:30 On January 22.  60 Maryland Avenue. Some notes for stimulation Intro (5 min)   Not an exhaustive presentation -huge gaps and shortcuts -not meant for resolution -best understood as an introduction to worship sharing on Q&A #4   The Religious Society of Friends is rooted in Christianity and has always found inspiration in the life and teachings of Jesus. How do you interpret your faith in the light of this heritage? How does Jesus speak to you today? Are you following Jesus’ example of love in action? Are you learning from his life the reality and cost of obedience to God? How does his relationship with God challenge and inspire you?   What is a root? It is a noun: a part of the body of a plant that develops, typically, from the radicale and grows downward into the soil, anchoring the plant and absorbing nutriment and moisture. a similar organ developed from some other part of a plant, as one of those by which ivy clings to its support. any underground part of a plant, as a rhizome. something resembling or suggesting the […]

Quaker Unity: Notes from our recent study

Notes from Study “On Quaker Unity” October 30, 2016 Alex Merrill   All of our truths lead us to the truth.   The challenge of unity is that in making decisions, words are used – and words can bring us together and words can drive us apart.   We use many words to discern how spirit calls us to: truth/water/spirit/light/human ideals/empathy/intuition/connection/beyond ourselves   To test whether you are in unity when thinking about a decision the Meeting is grappling with, you can ask yourself: Which way will deepen our faith? Which way will nurture love? What will grow our beloved community?   When you’re not sure about whether you are unity, you can ask yourself: Did I bring a solution to this Meeting, or did I come here open to the community reaching a solution? Is this the right time for this decision? Did you come to the Meeting expecting to be changed by the process?   Making decisions by unity –community discernment – is a profoundly counter-cultural process. Unity is a discipline, a practice based in community. Being in community means committing to loving one another, and not just in the easy times. The world pummels us into being […]

Quaker Study (October 30)

“On Quaker Unity” Quaker Study – Winnipeg Monthly Meeting October 30, 2016, 9:30 am What does it mean to come to “unity” in a Quaker meeting? What makes it different from decision-making based on unanimity or consensus? How is it fundamental to Quaker practice? The concept of unity can be hard to grasp, even for “seasoned” Friends. Please join us at our upcoming Quaker study for a discussion on unity. We invite you to come and share your questions about and understandings of unity – a concept that’s central to Quaker practice. In preparation, here are some quotes and other resources about Quaker unity: From the article “Notes on Quaker Unity” Unity is a commitment to move forward together and does not mean we have to hold the same views. Friends’ decision-making is rooted in the spiritual oneness of a religious community. Attaining unity is not the same as attaining uniformity. Unity is spiritual. Uniformity is mechanical. Unity does not require unanimity. Quaker unity is larger than that. Unity is love, not likeness. We need to support each other when we disagree just as we do when we agree. Searching for doctrinal unity is pointless… We do not need doctrinal unity. Our […]

Query and Advice # 4

The Religious Society of Friends is rooted in Christianity and has always found inspiration in the life and teachings of Jesus. How do you interpret your faith in the light of this heritage? How does Jesus speak to you today? Are you following Jesus’ example of love in action? Are you learning from his life the reality and cost of obedience to God? How does his relationship with God challenge and inspire you?