Plain in the city

A plain Quaker folk singer with a Juris Doctorate in his back pocket, salt in his blood, and a set of currach oars in the closet, Ulleann Pipes under his arm, guitar on his back, Anglo Irish baggage, wandering through New York City ... in constant amaze. Statement of Faithfulness. As a member of the Quaker Bloggers Ad Hoc Committee I affirm that I will be faithful to the Book of Discipline of my Meeting 15th Street Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends.

Friday, February 09, 2007

Smaller Monthly Meetings

Quakerism: a view from the back benches
Copyright 1966 The Back Benches

Smaller Monthly Meetings

It is natural to presume that when a local Meeting gets to large for a rented public facility or for a living room, consideration should be given to a meeting house. Why is it that consideration is not given instead to subdividing the group? Is there some Quaker attraction of bigness, as such, a surprising situation considering our experience with the availability of the holy spirit to small groups? Are Quakers low-keyed Presbyterians? Frustrated cathedral-builders? Could something be gained by breaking down into units of ten or twelve families?

(to be continued)


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