What Canst Thou Say?: Essentials of Quaker Practice?

Last month I was asked by the clerk of my Quarterly Meeting to say a few words about the essentials of Quaker practice. In preparation I asked a few Friends what they thought were the essentials. One Friend had a concise and concrete list which I like:
  • attendance at meeting for worship
  • attendance at meeting for business
  • serving on meeting committees
  • making a financial contribution to the meeting
What I like about this list is that it’s all about participation in the community: showing up and doing your share, whatever your gifts or abilities might be.

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