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Reflections on Tenth Month Queries and Advices from SEYM Faith and Practice

Posted 34 minutes ago

Social/Economic Justice

As we watch the news unfold each day, we may find ourselves asking, “What can I do?” Due to the overwhelming nature of the problems in the world today, we may feel that there is nothing we can do “to transform the world with our loving spirit” as the first query for this month asks. We can, however, transform our hearts, which in turn can have an enormous impact on our interpersonal relationships and create ripples which will in turn reach the farthest shore.

Reflections on Ninth Month Queries and Advices from SEYM Faith and Practice

Posted 1 week ago

Witness

Being a witness as Quakers may be most obviously evident in how we live the testimonies of Simplicity, Peace, Integrity, Community, Equality, and Stewardship. These testimonies are not just nice words, but give us a foundation upon which we build our daily lives. They are worthy goals for which to aim, but inevitably, they all boil down to the individual choices we make in every interaction. Each encounter we have with another is an opportunity to recognize “that of God” in them.

Reflections on Seventh Month Queries and Advices from SEYM Faith and Practice

Posted 2 months ago

Self-Discipline/Responsibility

The idea of “fulfilling all obligations of state and society that are not contrary to our religious convictions” has always been a challenge. Even Jesus felt it was important to “give to Caesar what is Caesar’s and give to God what is God’s” (Matthew 22:21). Of course, we don’t get the money for our taxes by gutting a fish and pulling out a coin either.

Reflections on Fourth Month Queries and Advices from SEYM Faith and Practice

Posted 5 months ago

Mutual Care

The queries for Fourth Month center on Mutual Care. Mutuality is giving the same respect, love, care, and trust to others as we would expect them to give to us. It is a universal moral principle, as the Judeo-Christian Golden Rule states, to “do unto others as we would have them do unto us”. Virtually every culture and religion in the world has a similar moral precept.