The trouble with Quaker gossip is that so much of it is silent.

Views: 229

Reply to This

Replies to This Discussion

Yes, it sounds like we've observed some of the same ways of unrelating in Meetings. I've heard of other instances since I wrote this. Not being directly involved with these, all I know is that they've been pretty hurtful to the people involved. 

I gather this sort of thing is considered bad practice in most all religious traditions -- but where silence is so prized, it can be very hard to know what people think.

Ideally we aren't silent merely to make our worship "Quaker."

To 'worship' means to respect, to hold worthy of respect. As human beings, our job is to know God in that light, in that sense.

Early Friends called what they were doing 'worship' because they felt it brought them face-to-face with God. Modern Friends tend to believe silence is a good thing in itself (as it often is!)

But like darkness, people can hide in it. Our purpose in doing that is generally to avoid a quarrel.

We know of many ways a quarrel can be fruitless and pointlessly upsetting. But risking it may sometimes be necessary.

Reply to Discussion

RSS

Support Us

Did you know that QuakerQuaker is 100% reader supported? If you think this kind of outreach and conversation is important, please support it with a monthly subscription or one-time gift.


You can also make a one-time donation.

Latest Activity

William F Rushby replied to William F Rushby's discussion 'Recapturing Initiative for Conservative Friends'
"Wow, Marcia!  Your email is packed with issues we could discuss.  I am still laboring…"
9th month 2
Marcia P Roberts replied to William F Rushby's discussion 'Recapturing Initiative for Conservative Friends'
"I am curious to know what rituals Conservative Friends hold dear, William, when you talk about…"
9th month 2
Scott MacLeod liked Laura Rediehs's profile
8th month 26
William F Rushby replied to William F Rushby's discussion 'Recapturing Initiative for Conservative Friends'
8th month 23
Keith Saylor replied to William F Rushby's discussion 'Recapturing Initiative for Conservative Friends'
""The evidence suggests that Friends need the counsel of one another to implement their…"
8th month 23
William F Rushby replied to William F Rushby's discussion 'Recapturing Initiative for Conservative Friends'
"Howard, I think you would be above such stuff!"
8th month 22
Howard Brod replied to William F Rushby's discussion 'Recapturing Initiative for Conservative Friends'
"Thanks William. I have heard of what you speak of.  It is sad. Thanks."
8th month 22
William F Rushby replied to William F Rushby's discussion 'Recapturing Initiative for Conservative Friends'
"I know of a meeting in XXX where a minority was frozen out for singing hymns at the end of the…"
8th month 22

© 2020   Created by QuakerQuaker.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service