Worship Sharing for Friends of Color - Queries
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8/9/2022 Ileana Clarke
”You can not wake a person who is pretending to be asleep.” - Navajo Proverb
I have chosen some queries from *NYYM’s Faith and Practice and added additional queries in parentheses that rose for me based on my experiences this summer at Yearly Meeting Sessions and the Gathering.
- Do we foster reverence for life?
(What does this look like for you?)
- Do we strive to find, to understand, and to remove causes of misery and suffering? (How do you witness this deep seeking and action within yourself and/or others?)
- Do we, in loving concern, extend assistance to those who require it?
(How are you able to do this for yourself, if/or when assistance has not been allowed to be extended?)
Please feel free to share whatever rises for you as led.
8/2/2022 Lynda Black
I was recently reminded of the power of encouragement.
It's a tool that builds, lifts and transforms. Sometimes it's delivered delicately, such as a very small encouraging event or occurrence that shifts something in us powerfully. Sometimes it's a rather large action that comes out of "nowhere" bringing joy which announces itself boldly and broadly. Encouragement is contagious, often far-reaching, and necessary.
Recently or anytime,
- Do you recall something that encouraged you or a loved one? What was it? What happened? (For you, what did it feel like? How did it move in your body? Did it flow to another?)
- Or what made you smile? What made a loved one smile?
- Or what inspired you?
- Or what or who gave you some love?
Please share if you are led.
7/26/2022 Nathan Moon
One who is going to take a pointed stick to pinch a baby bird should first try it on himself to feel how it hurts.
— Yoruba Proverb, Nigeria
Virtually all people and cultures have a version of the Golden Rule, famously expressed by Jesus in Matthew 7:12: “In everything, do to others what you would have them do to you.” Sometimes this commandment feels difficult – do others want what we want? How do we know? Sometimes we can ask, while other times we must simply use our best judgment before choosing how to act. But perhaps we are not being asked to treat others exactly as we wish to be treated. If we truly consider their needs and desires, just as we would like them to do for us, then we are treating them as we wish to be treated, even if the actual acts performed are different. When we care for a baby, we respond to their need to be held, loved and nurtured, often in ways that we, as adults, no longer need. This sensitivity to others seems to be at the core of the Golden Rule.
- When do you use the Golden Rule?
- Does it ever feel difficult or unrealistic to treat someone else as you wish to be treated?
- What could help you more deeply consider the needs and desires of someone else before acting?
- What else rises for you today?
7/19/2022 Joan Crawford
WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED IN YOUR LIFE?
THINK ABOUT THE LIFE-CHANGING CHALLENGES AND SORROWS YOU HAVE EXPERIENCED.
WHAT LESSON(S) HAVE YOU LEARNED FROM THESE TRIALS AND CHALLENGES IN YOUR LIFE?