OPEN TO SECOND HALF-GATHERING ATTENDERS ONLY. Friends today are known more for their actions than for any statement of beliefs. Would your acquaintances be surprised to learn that you are a Quaker? Share your responses to queries and actual scenarios, and practice incorporating the testimonies of peace, equality, integrity, simplicity and community into your daily life. (PT, HG1, HG2)
Sometimes we wonder if we are "good enough" Quakers. Here is an opportunity to practice incorporating traditional Friends testimonies into our lives as individuals, partners, parents, workers, neighbors, or members/attenders of a local Meeting. We may discover that we're already doing a pretty good job of it, or we may learn some ways of doing it better.
Each session will open with consideration of advices and queries that will have been handed out at the close of the previous session. For the first one, participants will receive the one-page handout via e-mail prior to arriving at the Gathering. There will be time for worship at the beginning, and worship sharing at the end. Following a mid-morning break, participants will divide into small groups to discuss how to apply the testimony of the day to a real-life scenario demanding a resolution. Friends are also invited to share other scenarios from their own lives.
The testimonies to be considered -- not necessarily in this order -- are peace and nonviolence, equality and justice (including stewardship), simplicity and moderation, love and community, and honesty and integrity.
About the leader :
I've offered this particular workshop, albeit under slightly different names, several times in the past. I've also twice led a workshop on the Peace Testimony alone, and once co-led a workshop on Non-Theism Among Friends with David Boulton and Charley Earp.