Friends General Conference

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Forum on Spiritual State of the Meeting, January 14, 2018

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FORUM: ON THE SPIRITUAL STATE OF THE MEETING, JANUARY 14TH: This annual gathering helps us prepare for the writing of our Spiritual State of the Meeting report which will be submitted to Baltimore Yearly Meeting in the spring. Ministry and Counsel suggests that this year we use the following queries during our worship-sharing. The queries were offered by the BYM Ministry and Pastoral Care Committee to guide our reflection on our experience.


  • What are your greatest joys as a Meeting? What leadings does your Meeting feel most strongly? What challenges and troubles are you facing? In what ways is the Meeting less than you might wish it to be?


  • How does your Meeting nurture the spiritual life of members and attenders? How deep are your Meetings for Worship? Are Meetings for Business held in a spirit of worship?


  • Over the past year in our country we have become increasingly aware of those things that divide us rather than those that unite us. Many “isms” (e.g., racism, nationalism, ageism, sexism) and political-ideological issues (e.g., environment, social justice, women’s rights, refugee crisis, immigration, etc.) have come to the forefront. In this contentious environment, how has your meeting explored those issues that divide us and/or attempted to listen across the divide?