Query for October

How do I receive leadings that rise up in me and open myself to new growth and action? 


Forum: Insights of Early Quakers, Part I -- led by Gary Whiting

April 30, 2023

We are all seekers, whether we’ve been in worship four months or forty years.  And we share what we have found with all the other seekers.  In this spirit, Meeting will hold a series of explorations of what early Quakers found.  They will take place on the 4th Sundays of each month, starting on April 23rd with the quote below from Margaret Fell.  This quote is one of the foundations of Quaker faith.

We invite you to join via zoom (11:30 – 12:30) if you can’t make it to Meeting on those days.

 And so he went on and said, How that Christ was the Light of the world and lighteth every man that cometh into the world; and that by this Light they might be gathered to God, etc. And I stood up in my pew, and I wondered at his doctrine, for I had never heard such before. And then he went on, and opened the Scriptures, and said, ‘The Scriptures were the prophets’ words and Christ’s and the apostles’ words, and what as they spoke they enjoyed and possessed and had it from the Lord’. And said, ‘Then what had any to do with the Scriptures, but as they came to the Spirit that gave them forth. You will say, Christ saith this, and the apostles say this; but what canst thou say? Art thou a child of Light and hast walked in the Light, and what thou speakest is it inwardly from God?’

This opened me so that it cut me to the heart; and then I saw clearly we were all wrong. So I sat me down in my pew again, and cried bitterly. And I cried in my spirit to the Lord, ‘We are all thieves, we are all thieves, we have taken the Scriptures in words and know nothing of them in ourselves’… I saw it was the truth, and I could not deny it; and I did as the apostle saith, I ‘received the truth in the love of it’. And it was opened to me so clear that I had never a tittle in my heart against it; but I desired the Lord that I might be kept in it, and then I desired no greater portion.                              ---Margaret Fell, 1694

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