“Unprogrammed Quakerism – what is essential and what is cultural?”

  • June 10, 2015 at 2:11 pm #1444

    Philadelphia Quarter recently held a Program meeting hosted by CPMM titled “Unprogrammed Quakerism – what is essential and what is cultural?” a continuation of our work at our February program meeting on “Inclusion”. members of our Program Committee included the host meeting and members of the Learning Communities committee of the PYM “Undoing Racism” group.

    Other queries we asked were:

    “What is essential to Quakerism for you?” (Things that you feel Quakers can’t be without)

    “What do we practice that is cultural, but is not essential to Quakerism?”

    From there, we asked these queries:

    “What is there that is cultural that is affecting our core values?”
    “How do we shift that?”
    “What needs to be challenged to lift up our core values?”

    In light of what we learned we left asking:

    “How do I behave differently at PYM sessions this year, within meeting and in our daily lives?”
    “Are there obvious actions we need to take?”

    How would you answer some of these queries?

    An example of  what came up regarding Outreach was that other faith traditions introduce visitors at the beginning of of their time together but Friends traditionally ask visitors to self-identify themselves at the end. Also, culturally we signify the end of worship by shaking hands, all giving an impression of a kind of mysterious “secret society.”

    How do you see that we could be more friendly, rather than just Friendly?

    and how do we introduce Quakerism more intentionally rather than relying on new attenders to be “catching Quakerism”

    We are still compiling all the notes from the session and they will be posted on our PQM website when they are done… this may take some time as the fruits from the Program were many!

  • July 8, 2015 at 8:05 pm #1445

    Here are the DRAFT minutes from the Philadelphia Quarter June 7th meeting, please note the fruits from the meeting were many, and we have not discerned if the notes from the program would be better summarized and how. So treat this as “raw” but hopefully timely as we head into PYM sessions and as FGC is also in session now.

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