Saturday, 19 Nov 2005
9:00 â€“ 4:00 (or so)
with a Potluck Lunch at noon
Linda Chidsey will facilitate, using the Pendle Hill pamphlet:
Members One of Another: The Dynamics of Membership in Quaker Meeting,
by Thomas Gates
“In Quaker faith and practice, the individual and the meeting are in a dynamic, mutually supportive and reciprocal relation.”
In this essay Tom Gates examines many of the factors affecting the relationship between the Seeker and the Meeting, before and during membership. While a person may be drawn to Quakerism for a particular reason, over time the individual’s needs, and the way in which the Meeting community is able to meet them, can change. There are stages to be gone through as we grow into the life of the meeting community. Is it peace we are after? Service? Shared values? A deepening of our faith? What, exactly, is a leading? Tom Gates examines the many aspects of membership and the obligations it may impose on us, individually and as a faith family.
This retreat will be held at Jim & Paula Pictonâ€™s house.
Interested in attending? Please email to confirm and get directions firstname.lastname@example.org