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Readings for Reflection: December 2004
from the Committee on Ministry and Counsel


Out of a concern expressed by many in our Meeting community, Ministry and Counsel has been considering how we might nurture and support one another in the call to vocal ministry. One outside source we have found helpful is a Pendle Hill pamphlet (#182) written in 1972 by Douglas Steere, called On Speaking out of the Silence. There he says:

The Quaker journals have confirmed for me my own experience on two matters: the first is that some things are given me for myself and not for sharing in the meeting: things that I am to follow out, things that I am to try to put right, things that I must test out in my own attempt to fulfill them before I am at liberty, if ever I am, to share them with others. The second matter the journals confirm is that to receive a message itself in meeting is not the same as to receive the call to give it, and that these are separate and distinguishable stages. (p. 16)

In future Readings for Reflection we will offer thoughts on how some Friends "test" a message received before rising to share it.

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