- Quaker Spirit Gathering
QUAKER SPIRIT - SYNOPSIS
Sadly, a gathering will not now be held in Swarthmoor Hall in September 2019 for health reasons but read on to discover more of what Quaker Spirit is really about:
Quaker Spirit is an initiative with a concern to encourage and promote focus on the spiritual and mystical traditions within Quakerism. A gathering is proposed.
Whilst Quaker Faith and Practice exhorts us to be wary of great busyness the compassion, conscience and compelling nature of our testimonies contrive to ensure that there is much to occupy the hearts, minds and bodies of Quakers today.
It is observed that the Religious Society of Friends has many campaigns and action groups for worthy causes for which there is often a loud, clear and vigorous social voice. But we are also blessed with many groups whose sole purpose is to embrace the spiritual. Whilst the two are not mutually exclusive it is inevitable that the tangible nature of many social causes will have a more immediate call upon the attentions of Friends then the appeal of the ethereal and mystical ethos that is at the historical heart of our Society.
Quaker Spirit is an initiative to gather Friends with the sole purpose of giving weight to experiencing the spiritual and mystical ethos of Quakerism.
It is not the purpose of Quaker Spirit to set up a new special interest group for that would defeat the purpose of avoiding great busyness. It is the intent of this initiative to provide a collective weight to Quaker spirituality that some observed is being squeezed to the side-lines of Quaker visibility in favour of so many social and political causes.
It is pondered if a solely spiritual gathering may have some attractiveness to many Quakers? During such a gathering it is anticipated that by embracing the spirit, in whatever manner is appropriate to your particular group, there will be a joyous and uplifting occasion. It will be a happy and carefree time and will provide opportunity to move towards enlightenment and to share your particular spiritual insights and pathways with those on a similar spiritual journey but perhaps on a slightly different path.
Quaker Spirit sees Meeting for Worship as the place for recharging spiritual batteries such that one may travel in the ministry and bring Quakerism, as personified by our testimonies, to the world.
Quaker Spirit acknowledges the inadequacies, cruelties and tragedies besetting our planet as they have for millennia, but believes they are best addressed by offering Quakerism to the sources of these malevolencies rather than imposing them to a place set aside for stillness, for worship and for communion with the Spirit which is the manifestation of God.
Diversity has been embraced by Quakers but our similarities and common spiritual values are what binds and sustains us and what charges our inner batteries. A gathering with a sole spiritual focus provides an exciting opportunity of experiencing and sharing the happiness and fulfilment of other spiritual Quakers on similar paths.
When we feel compelled to let our lives speak let it be so in outreach for it is via the firm inward connectedness with the Divine that our spirituality can powerfully radiate to a needy planet. Bringing the woes of the world into our meetings for worship presents a risk of squeezing out the Spirit.
Quakers are advocates of the Peace testimony (for it is shared by many faith groups and not just those of a Christian leaning), but in a busy life of waging Peace not war we must all be careful to ensure that whatever we are waging, with however much sincerity and convincement of purpose, that collateral damage to our spiritual being is not a regrettable consequence.
The purpose of this synopsis is to enquire if it has any resonance with your group and if so to solicit your participation in a Quaker Spirit gathering at some date and venue yet to be determined but probably some-time during 2021.
This initiative has received the blessing and support of the Friends Fellowship of Healing and our website contains in the “Other Groups” page a list of Quaker bodies that may have a primary focus on the spiritual and mystical nature of Quakerism.
If this synopsis has an appeal to you or your group, please let me know via our contact page and I shall include you when things have taken further root and are moving forward.
Download this page here.
When first distributed to our 'Other Groups' a very encouraging set of replies was received. Read them here.
Although a gathering will not now be held in 2019 a draft programme for a future gathering has been started so as to give F(f)riends an idea of what may be possible. View it here