ou know, the tide is rising and the climate is warming. Time is on the side of apathy, and hope is on the side of change.
People, from what I have seen in my travels around the US, are wide open for new approaches and more satisfying realities, including in the spiritual dimension of many folks' lives. Many live the testimonies of Quakers not knowing that Quakers exist. Can we welcome them to our communities?
This is an ideal climate for outreach.
If we as Quakers are not "visible, accessible and welcoming" are we walking cheerfully over the world, answering that of God in everyone?
George Fox, in his journal, wrote:
"This is the word of the Lord God to you all, a charge to you all in the presence of the living God; be patterns, be examples in all countries, places, islands, nations, wherever you come; that your life and conduct may preach among all sorts of people, and to them. Then you will come to walk cheerfully over the world, answering that of God in every one; whereby in them ye may be a blessing, and make the witness of God in them to bless you: then to the Lord God you shall be a sweet savour, and a blessing."
Are we, the followers of this list-serve, being patterns and example for Outreach?
Please share your stories, successes, and challenges.
Everyone would like to hear more about the places where Quaker Quest meets the pavement. How is it going? How can it be supported, enhanced or amplified?