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19 January 2007


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Worship and ministry
Eighteen years ago Janette Denley and Gill Roylance edited and published a pamphlet Holding up a Mirror to the Religious Society of Friends
  • It was not, however, a mirror that comfortable Friends wanted to look into
  • Now Janette Denley (12 January) finds that 'our diminishing Society is left with little of a true spiritual nature to take it forward effectively into the future'
  • This has happened because 'we lacked courage to instruct attenders in our Quaker ways'

  • Although our Yearly Meeting is keen on having Central Committees and sub-committees covering most aspects of Quaker activity, it has never established a 'Worship & Ministry' committee, reporting directly to Yearly Meeting in session, as has Philadelphia YM

  • Edward Hoare & Judy Kirby

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    Isobel Lane, 21 January
    I am fairly new to Quakerism so have not seen the decline in attention to and living in accordance with the Quaker Way that concerns Janet Denley. One of the things that helped me to come into the Society of Friends was Quaker Quest which I still go to when I can. Is there any possibility that a similar open meeting and discussion group could be organised to educate Quakers (and others) about the Quaker Way and the spiritual basis of all that we do and thus re-vitalise and strengthen it?


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