Ann Arbor Friends Meeting
•1420 Hill Street Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104 •
•(734) 761-7435 • •
Meeting for Worship: Sundays
9am (7:45am 3rd Sundays), 11am;
5th Sundays, 10am only;Wednesdays, 7pm
Meeting for Worship for Business:
3rd Sundays, 9am
Office: M-Th, 9am - Noon
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734 996-0825 (c/o Lynn Drickamer)             

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Readings for Reflection: December 2010
from the Committee on Ministry and Counsel

Cultures of Noise and of Silence

This month’s Reading is two paragraphs from A Book of Silence, by Sara Maitland. In these passages, Maitland contrasts the wider culture of noise and over-stimulation with the silence of Friends’ meeting for worship. 

The first, on p. 135, begins
“The overstimulation, of which noise is a major factor, …” and ends “‘the Lord is in his holy temple; let all the earth keep silent before him.’”

The second, on p. 141, begins
“But at the heart of Quaker life is the Meeting for Worship…,” and continues through the quotation from Pierre Lacout, ending “‘The word born of silence must be received in silence.’”

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