Daniel O'Keefe
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How is "community" carried out in a Quaker monthly meeting?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Daniel O'Keefe 10th month 1. 3 Replies

I like the weekly worship at meeting, and I have F/friends who I socialize  and work with in and out of  meeting. However, I am concerned about what I see as lack of awareness of "community."  That…Continue

 

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Keith Saylor left a comment for Daniel O'Keefe
"Hello Daniel, Your comment is received in love and affection. It sometimes happens in human relations, and for the sake of conscience, that people affirm one another though, through the appearance of the Spirit of Christ, they are of a different…"
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Daniel O'Keefe left a comment for Keith Saylor
"I read your response to my discussion point about "community".  I am sorry, but I find your writing difficult to understand. I am not sure what I can do going forward."
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Daniel O'Keefe replied to Daniel O'Keefe's discussion 'How is "community" carried out in a Quaker monthly meeting?'
"  It is very easy to point out what we cannot do, what is difficult, and throw up our hands. We can allow ourselves to become paralyzed or worse, isolated from the person sitting next to you.  I think we would want to declare solidarity…"
10th month 1
Daniel O'Keefe replied to Forrest Curo's discussion 'The Trouble With Quaker Gossip'
" I think that the silence would be limited to worship.  In the life of a Quaker meeting, it is fair to say there are many situations when discussion, not silence, can express love, support and reason through dilemmas. We gather to seek the…"
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Forrest Curo replied to Daniel O'Keefe's discussion 'How is "community" carried out in a Quaker monthly meeting?'
"The best we typically do is to sit together, each of us alone with God (as we fail to understand Him.) Now if all of us were to be sitting together with God, that would unite us. To have a common purpose -- like the early Jerusalem church described…"
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Keith Saylor replied to Daniel O'Keefe's discussion 'How is "community" carried out in a Quaker monthly meeting?'
"In Short: There is a way of being wherein people become aware of or experience immanent self-sustained being inshining upon their consciousness and conscience. This experience or awareness of immanent being in itself becomes that which may gather…"
9th month 16
Daniel O'Keefe replied to Forrest Curo's discussion 'The Trouble With Quaker Gossip'
"The problem with Quaker gossip is that conflicts within meeting are handled like a gossip session.  The subject is not in the room. The committee may spend hours on the issue.  Nothing is shared with the individual(s). One wonders what was…"
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How is "community" carried out in a Quaker monthly meeting?

I like the weekly worship at meeting, and I have F/friends who I socialize  and work with in and out of  meeting. However, I am concerned about what I see as lack of awareness of "community."  That community, spiritual or any other does not simply "happen," but is skill, or a practice to be done every Sunday and at every committee or any other function.  There is no discussion about "community" other than in sentimental terms.My observation is that no aspect of what makes up a community is…See More
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At 1:03pm on 10th mo. 3, 2019, Keith Saylor said…

Hello Daniel,

Your comment is received in love and affection. It sometimes happens in human relations, and for the sake of conscience, that people affirm one another though, through the appearance of the Spirit of Christ, they are of a different conscience or way of being. I greet thee in a warm spirit and in pleasant conversation through the shared indwelling power of the spirit of Jesus in our conscience; which is the seat of Faith.  

 
 
 

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