How Meeting for Learning Works:
Meeting for Learning takes place the 4th Sunday of each month at 9:00 am. Friends meet online to discuss articles, essays, or other selected materials. This group learning experience is best experienced by reading and reflecting on the material before the meeting. We begin with a few minutes of silence, then the facilitator will frame some questions or state some observations. Friends will speak as they feel led, while being mindful to allow space for others to contribute. The facilitator may guide the discussion to return focus to the material presented or ensure all voices can be heard as appropriate.
February 28th, 2021:
We will discuss the article Dipped in Grace and Covered God: Thoughts on Liturgy for Unprogrammed Friends by Kat Griffith published in the February 2021 issue of Friends Journal.
The article is available online at https://www.friendsjournal.org/dipped-in-god-and-covered-in-grace-thoughts-on-liturgy-for-unprogrammed-friends/
January 24th 2021:
We will continue our discussion of the articles “Not My Father’s Religion,” by Doug Muder, and an archived article from Friends Journal titled “That of God Across the Tracks,” by Pamela Haines. The link to the full Friends Journal issue from 1997 is here, if you’d like to see the article in context.
December 27th, 2020:
We will discuss the articles “Not My Father’s Religion,” by Doug Muder, and an archived article from Friends Journal titled “That of God Across the Tracks,” by Pamela Haines. The link to the full Friends Journal issue from 1997 is here, if you’d like to see the article in context.
November 22nd, 2020:
Here is a link to the article we will discuss on Sunday Nov. 22 at 9 am via Zoom:
The Middle Class Capture of Quakerism and Quaker Process
The article is a conversation with George Lakey, a sociologist who taught at Swarthmore and continues to work actively for social change. Lately his work has been used to train people in preventing/dealing with violence stemming from the recent election. He expresses a concern about Quakerism’s “preoccupation with process” over result. He says his interest in results stems from his own experience growing up working class. Quakers often lament our lack of diversity, so I wonder: could this be attributed to class differences? If so, what are they?
October 25th, 2020:
Meeting for Learning will convene at 9 am this Sunday Oct. 25 at 9 am to discuss the article Listening as a Spiritual Practice, here is a link to the article: Listening as a Spiritual Practice
As Alexandra Bell points out in her article, not all of us give vocal ministry but we are all listeners, all the time, and “it is the audience which transforms [those] words into ministry.” As a non-theist, I had to translate some of her language, but I agree with her that “listening is a spiritual discipline that needs to be practiced mindfully”, and that we are all connected by Spirit and need to listen to each other with love.