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20 February 2009

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A wry look at the Quaker world

Golden silence
Being a hostage in Beirut for five years was a terrifying ordeal for the Church of England emissary Terry Waite
  • But those years have yielded a remarkable harvest for Waite – he has applied to join the Society
  • How did this come about?

    Writing in his column for the Mature Times newspaper, he says that the period of captivity – four of the years were in solitary confinement – gave him the opportunity to value silence
  • He had, he said, grown rather weary of the busyness of Anglican worship
  • ‘Constantly one was being asked to stand, greet a neighbour, sing at the top of one’s voice
  • All very jolly I suppose but hardly conducive to inner quietness and reflection

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