The spirit of a Friends community might be described as “the testimonies made visible”.
Our life is love, and peace, and tenderness; and bearing one with another, and forgiving one another, and not laying accusations one against another; but praying one for another, and helping one another up with a tender hand.
Isaac Pennington, 1667
Advices & Queries
“Let your life speak” is traditional advice for Friends. The life of a Quaker meeting also speaks: by giving practical support for members and attenders in need; cherishing children and young people in finding their spiritual paths; encouraging, guiding, and eldering Friends with love in discernment or in following leadings; welcoming new seekers; and stepping forth in Spirit-led witness in the wider world.
- How do we foster love, truth, and harmony within our meeting community?
- How do we as individuals share our gifts with the meeting? How do we as a community help individual Friends find their own gifts?