Friends General Conference

Nurturing faith and Quaker practice
A Quaker meeting in the northern suburbs of Chicago

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For me the two most important aspects of being a Friend are meeting for worship and meeting for worship with attention to business.  We talk a lot about meeting for worship, but I think we often overlook the importance of our business as a communal religious experience and a center of our lives together.  I still remember Lloyd Lee Wilson’s talk to Illinois Yearly Meeting in 2001 about doing business.  He said, “…meeting for business is when community is made manifest…This is where community is forged—absent thyself at thy own risk.”

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Celebrate!

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First Day (Sunday) School for Children of all Ages.  Children wanting to learn about Quakers and have a good time are welcome.   

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Quaker Committees

 At our conveners meeting, we asked a query about the purpose of a Quaker committee.  Here are some of the reflections in the notes that I took.  Inspired by last Friday night’s poetry reading, I tried to write them as haikus. 

The manner of Friends.

Start with centering silence.

It is ministry.

 

Discerning Spirit.

Light Within from each of us.

Growing together.

 

Each is invited.

You are part of the body.

Thank you for service.

 

Things need to get done.

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