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6/28/2022 from Vanessa Julye
“As soon as healing takes place, go out and heal somebody else.” Maya Angelou
“No man is free until all men are free. No woman is healed until all women are healed. These are more than profound statements worthy of thought. They are the clues to the moral responsibility we all have for one another. Many of us hold on to our pain, afraid to reveal it. Ashamed to admit it. Others hold onto healing information because we believe it is ours to own. We may fight for the freedom of people of Color, but we say nothing when gays or women are oppressed. We owe it to ourselves and everyone else to see that all people live painless and free. It is our duty to share what we know if it has helped us to move beyond some darkness in life. We can talk it out or write it out, but we must get it out to those in need. We can support someone and encourage someone else to take healing steps or paths or ways. We should think about where we would be if there were no books or people to guide us when we need it. Then, with an open heart and extended hand, we can pull someone else along.”
“I am a valuable tool in someone’s healing process.”
From:Acts of Faith: Daily Meditations for People of Color by Iyanla Vanzant
What healing tools do I use?
What tools do I have that I can share with others?
Whatever else rises for you today?
6/21/2022 Raven Moon
Until the lions have their own historians, the history of the hunt will always glorify the hunter.”
― Chinua Achebe, Author
As Quakers, we can be drawn to the idea of universal Truths, such as “God is Love” or “The
Light of Spirit is in each of us.” Often, these ideas are foundational to our understanding of our
faith, and seem to transcend any personal opinions or attachments. Yet Chinua Achebe asks us
to acknowledge that our point of view will always influence our understanding of what is True.
● How has a belief (or disbelief) in universal Truths influenced your life and choices?
● Have you ever experienced a radical shift in your point of view, so that your view of
history or Truth changed?
● How do you reconcile what you used to think with your new view of what was true?
● Is it ever possible to see all sides of an issue and hold all perspectives at once?
● What else rises for you today?
6/14/2022 Ujima Friends Meeting
Who or what do you feel accountable to? And when you feel accountable to them, what does it feel like?
How do you know you are being accountable?
What else rises for you today?
6/7/2022 Raven Moon
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.”
Every day, we all struggle with making good decisions. While experience is an important guide, we are still only guessing at the possible outcome of our choices. And how can we be sure about what makes a decision “good”? What seems good or right to us may have inadvertent bad consequences for someone else. This is especially true when it seems like all the choices available to us are bad, and we can only choose between “the lesser of two evils.” Usually we find a way to accept our imperfect decision making, but sometimes we can feel really trapped, unable to move forward from the fear of making a “bad” decision.