Query for Twelfth Month

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12. Integrity and Simplicity

  • What does our Meeting understand to be the meaning and implication of our testimonies on simplicity and integrity?
  • How do our Meeting’s actions demonstrate this understanding?
  • As a Meeting, what are we doing to encourage members to embody integrity and simplicity in their everyday lives?
  • How do I strive to maintain the integrity of my inner and outer lives—in my spiritual journey, my work, and my family responsibilities? How do I manage my commitments so that overcommitment, worry, and stress do not diminish my integrity?
  • Am I temperate in all things? Am I open to counsel and advice on overindulgence and addictive behavior, such as gambling? Do I take seriously the hazards associated with addictive and mood-altering substances?
  • Am I careful to speak truth as I know it and am I open to truth spoken to me? Am I mindful that judicial oaths imply a double standard of truth?
  • Do I refrain from membership in organizations whose purposes and methods compromise our testimonies?

Source: Philadelphia Yearly Meeting's "Faith and Practice"