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11 July 2008

Reflection

Quakers and healing - preview

Alan Pearce reflects on the changes in our approach to healing

I have been reflecting on some of the changes and attitudes to healing that have taken place in my long association with Claridge House, the Quaker centre for healing, rest and renewal at Lingfield in Surrey


  • The dedicated Friends associated with its founding in 1953 focused their attention on distant healing
  • Petitionary prayer, sometimes expressed in paternal language, would feature in the daily 'quiet times'
  • Friends and visitors today tend to find it more acceptable, and to be more comfortable with, inclusive language and to express their concerns for individuals and situations as 'upholding in the Light'
  • The intention and the sincerity remain but the way is different
  • Truth is eternal but our understanding and ways of expressing it change

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