Friday, December 08, 2006

Who's Your Coreligionist?

A profound lesson from the Society of Friends.

Best if read in order.

Who's Your Coreligionist?

Beyond Majority Rule

2 comments:

Sir Francis sirfr@earthlink.net said...

Hi Rev

I posted this at http://friendafterfifty (2nd link is currently down):

Yes, leave it to a Jesuit of all people to put his finger on what I too see as the core of Quaker worship and how it's variously perceived.

Also there is this, a few pages back from the long citation quoted here:

… One evening, the writer was sharing supper with two friends in their late seventies. He mentioned he was curious how Friends understood God. One of his companions paused and remarked: “Well now, I guess I don’t really know. I know what I think.” Then, turning to his comrade, he said: “Thee and I have been worshiping together for almost fifty years. I don’t know what thee thinks about God. I don’t think we’ve ever talked about it.” The other grave Friend agreed, adding: “I really don’t think it matters much, either. If thee shares the experience in the worship, it doesn’t much matter how thee puts it into words.”

p.s. Sympathy at the loss of your companion. I myself have said goodbye to so many whom I treasured at least as much as some people I held dear. It's my hope that we will somehow meet again and know one another.

Sir Francis sirfr@earthlink.net said...

Hi Rev

I posted this at http://friendafterfifty (2nd link is currently down):

Yes, leave it to a Jesuit of all people to put his finger on what I too see as the core of Quaker worship and how it's variously perceived.

Also there is this, a few pages back from the long citation quoted here:

… One evening, the writer was sharing supper with two friends in their late seventies. He mentioned he was curious how Friends understood God. One of his companions paused and remarked: “Well now, I guess I don’t really know. I know what I think.” Then, turning to his comrade, he said: “Thee and I have been worshiping together for almost fifty years. I don’t know what thee thinks about God. I don’t think we’ve ever talked about it.” The other grave Friend agreed, adding: “I really don’t think it matters much, either. If thee shares the experience in the worship, it doesn’t much matter how thee puts it into words.”

p.s. Sympathy at the loss of your companion. I myself have said goodbye to so many whom I treasured at least as much as some people I held dear. It's my hope that we will somehow meet again and know one another.