Query for Second Month

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2. Meeting for Business

  • Is our meeting for business held in the spirit of a meeting for worship in which we seek divine guidance?
  • Are we careful to keep in the spirit of worship each of the concerns that emerge, whether of nurture, of Spirit, of social concerns, of property, or of finance?
  • Are Meeting decisions directed by prayerful consideration of all aspects of an issue and are difficult problems considered carefully with patient search for truth, unhurried by the pressures of time?
  • How do we respond if we notice the meeting has lost an understanding of the presence of God?
  • Do we recognize that we speak through our inaction as well as our action?
  • Do I regularly attend meeting for business and in a spirit of love and unity? If unable to attend, how do I attend to my responsibility?
  • Do I consider prayerfully the many concerns that are lifted up on any issue, acknowledging that the search for truth in unity involves what God requires, being open to personal transformation as the community arrives at the sense of the meeting?  



Ellen Deacon - ellen.deacon's picture
Submitted by Ellen Deacon - ... on

Our meetings for worship for business are so vital to the life of our meeting, and yet many of us find them a challenge to particpate in.  Why?  And for those of us who do come, is this query useful in helping us be present with joy and connection to each other and the Spirit?

I personally am pretty passionate about being part of our "worship with attention to business."  I am one who is not shy to speak when I feel a prod from the Inner voice, and I am eager to hear all that is brought by others to our discussions.  For me, meeting for worship for business is where I learn to love and cherish most those I work with in and for our community.  But I know that for many of us these meetings are a challenge, for many reasons.  How do we help each other feel more fully connected to these times when we take up our business?

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