Respect the wide diversity among us in our lives and relationships. Refrain from making prejudiced judgments about the life journeys of others. Do you foster the spirit of mutual understanding and forgiveness which our discipleship asks of us? Remember that each one of us is unique, precious, a child of God. QF&P: 1.02.22 Tim Gouw
Responses to the annual Advent Word prompts supplied by https://adventword.org/en/home/
Photo: Tim Mossholder Quakers believe that we are all equal before G-D, and that the spirit of G-D is at work within each of, making us both teachers and students throughout our lives. How does this work practically? Well, as a facilitator or a teacher you aren’t just providing or pouring in information, but instead
As a meeting ‘gathers’, as each individual ‘centers down’, there gradually develops a feeling of belonging to a group who are together seeking a sense of the Presence. The ‘I’ in us begins to feel like ‘we’. At some point – it may be early in the meeting or it may be later, or it
As a Quaker I’m very comfortable with sitting in silence. But there are times when I need to move – when I’m too restless, or it’s not physically comfortable, or I just need to be doing something other than sitting at my desk working. Walking meditatively has been a boon, it became popular during COVID
Tomorrow marks the start of advent and 2022’s AdventWord calendar. Here at #MindfulBusinessServices (MBS) we are inviting you to join us as we contribute to a global community advent calendar. Forward Movement has announced the list of 2022 AdventWords. Single-word prompts were selected by a group of community volunteers from the Sunday Lectionary readings.
Every stage of our lives offers fresh opportunities. Responding to divine guidance, try to discern the right time to undertake or relinquish responsibilities without undue pride or guilt. Attend to what love requires of you, which may not be great busyness. Qf&p Advices & Queries 28 Like many people, today’s #AdventWord feels appropriate. I finished
‘Go’ today’s #AdventWord is one that shows action – and often is used as a one-word demand or instruction. Getting out and talking to others in your neighbourhood or surrounding areas can be daunting but finding a way to interact with others can lead to new and often unexpected partnerships. Barbara Hayes of Chichester Quaker
By occupation he was a barber, and on moving into this district in 1937 from Swindon, he first took a shop in Wallington, and later one in a poor part of Croydon. Not all who went there did so for a shave or a haircut, but to enjoy its friendly atmosphere, and to talk to
Worship is a fundamental part of religious life. As a Quaker I appreciate the belief that everything is equally sacred. Therefore any Quaker business meeting uses the ‘Quaker Business Method’ and a (local, area or yearly) meeting’s business meeting is formally called, a ‘Meeting for Worship for Business’, we also have ‘Meeting for Worship for
Prayer is an exercise of the spirit, as thought is of the mind. To pray about anything is to use the powers of our spirit on it, just as to think clearly is to use our mental powers. For the best solution of every problem, the best carrying out of every action, both thought and
Much of the work of meetings for church affairs and committees will be undertaken by Friends especially appointed by the meeting or committee responsible for the work, most often on the recommendation of a nominations committee. The process of appointment starts when the meeting identifies the need for a task to be performed. It is
Part of a series of art throughout London Underground Every stage of our lives offers fresh opportunities. Responding to divine guidance, try to discern the right time to undertake or relinquish responsibilities without undue pride or guilt. Attend to what love requires of you, which may not be great busyness. Advices & Queries 28 Turn
“None of us, including me, ever do great things. But we can all do small things, with great love, and together we can do something wonderful.” – Mother Teresa Gather is today’s #AdventWord – my first thought was of gathering in resources including money. I joke that my hobby is getting non-Quaker money into Quaker
Today’s #AdventWord water has such symbolism and power. Over 70% of earth’s surface is covered in water, and all living organisms need water to live. Water can be seen both positively or negatively: washing clean or depositing detritus as it slows; creating landscapes or weathering/destroying as it moves; supporting you as you float or dragging
Today’s #AdventWord seemed very apt for a day full of conflict, concerns and deliberate falsehoods. Working together to ensure that the structures, decisions, processes and policies of the charity as a whole reflects the ‘ever changing tides‘ of the members is an ongoing and essential task.