Worship Sharing for Friends of Color - Queries
Resources for newcomers:
8/3/21 Queries from Joan Crawford
WHERE DO THEY GO?
“In the movie, my character, Claire Danes, asks the question "Where do they go?" people ask me if I have found out "where they go" since that time. Here is my answer:
That is one of life's great questions. When I think about it, I get motivated to life a life that will make a positive difference. (Temple Grandin)
What motivates you to live a life that will make a positive difference? Death? Heaven? Hell? Altruism? A person? A cause? Spirit?
(From FGC Queries for Aging - https://www.fgcquaker.org/spiritual-deepening/library/aging-death-and-dying/queries-aging-death-and-dying)
- If I knew my death was imminent, how would I devote my remaining time? Should I do any of that activity now?
- If I died today or tomorrow, would I have any regrets? What would I have done differently to avoid regrets? Can I do something now to reduce or eliminate those regrets?
- How can I develop a sense of completion about my accomplishments? Can I let go of the uncompleted parts of my life?
- Where do you go? Where do those who have died go? Where will you go?
7/27/21 Queries from Euclid Bautista
I often hear Friends say (and I have said it as well) I want a more diverse and inclusive beloved community. While that is a lofty goal what are am I doing towards that goal particularly in the ways I decolonize our Meetings, their policies and practices?
In what ways can we make our work and decisions as a community more transparent to the community?
How does our guidelines and process for membership serve and/or harm our community?
In what ways do our practices and processes not serve us very well? What new ways can we envision?
7/20/21 Queries from Ernie Buscemi
From Romans 12:6-8
We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a person's gift is prophesying, let them use it in proportion to their faith. If it is serving, let them serve; if it is teaching, let them teach; if it is encouraging let them encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let them give generously; if it is leadership, let then govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let them do it cheerfully.
Friends and others talk about the "Blessed Community"..............What needs to change in our Society/meeting to achieve your vision of the "Blessed Community"?
Is fairness the first move to getting the Society/meeting in a place of healing as we seek the Blessed Community? Or is it forgiveness?
What is grace and how does it fit ?
And finally....what is sitting on your heart right now?
7/13/21 Queries from Lynda Black
July 13, 2021
As a Deer Panteth (lyrics)
As the deer panteth for the water
So my soul longeth after Thee
You are all that my heart’s desire
And I long to worship You
You alone are my strength, my shield
To you alone may my spirit yield
You alone are my heart’s desire
And I long to worship You