I have been attending Quakers on and off for about 25 years now, but have never committed to becoming a “Friend”. It is very interesting, but since my Mum died last year I really want to commit to something.
And not just anything, obviously. Committing to something spiritual is for me as important a decision to be fully aligned with as getting married would be.
So I have decided to explore become a Friend, to see if it is right for me and I am right for “it”
I love the silence in which we “worship.” I love the sense of waiting in anticipation and the stillness that comes over a meeting. I’m fully aligned with Quakers beliefs…. like honesty in all things and seeking the divine in everything…. person, moment……… everything.
It will be interesting exploring “becoming a friend” and I am delighted that there is an online course which I can study in my own time. I think I have found my “thing” to blog about!! My Journey into Quakerism or to becoming a Quaker, if that is what happens.
My particular meeting is Alston. in Cumbria. It is a tiny meeting of about half a dozen people.
The Meeting House has been in Alston for a few centuries. It is a lovely little building set in its own grounds. Often, while I am sitting in the silence I love to think of all the people who have sat there before me…..What were their worries, their cares, life, loves and passions? I love that there is nothing to believe in if you don’t want to. Or as you choose – other religious models are completely acceptable too.
Traditionally Quakers have believed in Jesus and all that, but over the last 50 or so years, (I think that about how long) Quakes have been embracing other religions and spiritual expression as well as Christianity. Christianity was the only spiritual model that was available to the founding Quakers.
If you want to know more about Quakes, take a look at this video.
In anticipation of stillness……
Thank you to the Friends who made this video and the person that took the photo.