Friends General Conference

Nurturing faith and Quaker practice

Friendly Business

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FRIENDLY BUSINESS

FRIENDS HAVE A UNIQUE WAY OF DOING BUSINESS ROOTED IN ATTENTIVENESS AND IN LISTENING TO THE PROMPTINGS OF THE SPIRIT.

"WHENEVER WE REMEMBER THAT WE ARE IN THE PRESENCE OF GOD, TRANSFORMATION IS POSSIBLE.  EVERY TASK, NO MATTER HOW MUNDANE, BECOMES AN ACT OF WORSHIP, A WORD OF PRAISE OFFERED TO GOD. THIS IS THE BASIS FOR QUAKER BUSINESS PRACTICE.  WE CALL IT 'MEETING FOR WORSHIP WITH ATTENTION TO BUSINESS' BECAUSE IT IS GROUNDED IN AN AWARENESS OF GOD'S PRESENCE.

"DON'T BE LULLED INTO THINKING THAT YOU ARE THERE TO GET THE JOB DONE AND CAN DISPENSE WITH THE WORSHIP.  HOLD THE WORK OF THE MEETING IN THE LIGHT. LISTEN DEEPLY AND SPEAK TENDERLY. BEGIN WITH WORSHIP, END WITH WORSHIP; AND CALL FOR WORSHIP WHENEVER TEMPERS FRAY OR WEARINESS SETS IN." -- EXCERPT FROM BASICS OF CONDUCTING QUAKER BUSINESS