Worship Sharing for Friends of Color - Queries
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11/1/2022 from Regina Renee Nyègbeh
Audre Lorde wrote, “Nothing I accept about myself can be used against me to diminish me.”
Once you accept who you are, then who you are cannot be weaponized against you to make you ever believe that you are not worthy.
~Layla F. Saad
How do you work on remembering, reclaiming, and reintegrating the parts of yourself that you have been taught to reject?
The Psalmist wrote, “I praise you (Lord) because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”
How are you fearfully and wonderfully made?
“That of God in everyone,” is a phrase often used in Quaker settings.
What does it look like to see that of God in yourself?
10/25/2022 Queries from Ernie Buscemi
- How do you stay faithful? to self/to community
- Where do you find joy?
- When have you gone out of your way to serve others?
- What's on your heart right here right now?
10/18/2022 Queries from Euclid Bautista
- How do I draw friendly barriers with Friends that I may not want as friends?
- What would I ask my Friends to do versus my friends?
- How do I free myself from feelings and barriers to asking for material, physical or emotional support from F/friends?
- How do I discern the level of privacy to maintain for my F/friends among other F/friends?
9/27/2022 Queries from Ernie Buscemi
1. What's the temperature of your faith?
2. How are you exhibiting the fruit of the Spirit in your life so that others are attracted to its Source?
3. What occasions stands out where you were memorably refreshed by the hospitality or welcome of others?
9/20/2022 Queries from Raven Moon
"My personal situation in life has given me a vantage point from which I've gained some insight into the problems of other excluded people."
–Richard Wright, The Outsider
Many of us have come to Quakerism from other religions and faith practices. This “outsiders” perspective is sometimes treated as a disadvantage, with the archaic term “Birthright Quaker” being used as a term of respect for those whose parents were also quakers. Yet coming to Quakerism as an adult can have its advantages too.
What have you learned or noticed about the Society of Friends that comes from your adult point of view, informed by your life experience?
What from your personal faith practice would you like to see incorporated into Quakerism?
What is true in your life that you wish was true for more Quakers?
What else is rising for you today?
8/16/2022 Queries from Nathan and Raven Moon
"Did you know that the human voice is the only pure instrument? That it has notes no other instrument has? It's like being between the keys of a piano. The notes are there, you can sing them, but they can't be found on any instrument. That's like me. I live in between this. I live in both worlds, the black and white world." - Nina Simone
- Was the racial and ethnic make up of your family, your schools and the neighborhood in which you grew up similar or different from you?
- How did this affect your experience growing up? Has your perspective on these effects changed over time?
- Do childhood experiences with race and ethnicity influence your choice of faith community? How do they impact your experience with the divine?