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27 March 2009


Robin's gift - preview
It happened during a weekend on Quakers and Mysticism at Swarthmoor Hall, home of Margaret Fell and the earliest centre of Quakers outreach and mission
  • A week or so before the gathering, Robin phoned up the Hall telling them how important it was for him to attend the course
  • The course had been full but one person had dropped out so there was now room for him

  • When we first met on the Friday afternoon, he told me he had met me at Brighton Meeting
  • At first I did not recall this, but later I remembered a shy man coming over to me after Meeting to introduce himself
  • During the weekend he seemed nervy
  • He made one or two comments that I recognised as the slightly aggressive attempt of a shy introvert to state his deeply held convictions
  • He talked of angels and his dislike of hierarchies and rituals; and the need for all religious organisations to evolve
  • Little by little he opened up to us, but he seemed to need to summon up courage to open up to strangers

  • Harvey Gillman

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