Surveying the spiritual life of Sadsbury Meeting we can say that even though we are diminished in size after the pandemic, we continue to support each other in our Beloved Community, We continue to care for the historic physical location where we come to worship. We are looking forward to our 300th Anniversary in 2024.
Through the year we have investigated the spiritual gifts of the likes of the Buddhist nun Pema Chodrun, also the Christian Existentialists Soren Kierkegaard and Simone Weil, as well as early Quakers. an ongoing project is to read together Richard Rohr’s Universal Christ, Looking beyond the Meetinghouse to the wider world, we investigated how to respond to climate change disasters in the poorer countries – a problem that will only continue to worsen. We welcomed members of Detroit Friends Meeting to speak to us about their determination to keep Friends’ witness alive in that predominantly Black community.
We have three recurrent events in which we invite the wider community to share. On Good Friday we have a silent vigil from noon to three pm. Sometime in the Spring or Fall we have a Day of Silence Retreat. We end the year with a Christmas Eve Contemplative program of readings, silent reflection and music in a candlelit setting.
As we consider the three centuries of Quaker spirituality that brought us here to the Sadsbury Meeting of today, we are grateful to every Quaker, living and dead, who lived a life “walking gently on the earth, answering that of God in every man.”