CLAREMONT MONTHLY MEETING

OF THE RELIGIOUS SOCIETY OF FRIENDS

727 Harrison Avenue, Claremont CA 91711

(909) 624-9114   http://friends.claremont.ca.us


Meeting for Worship (and Children’s Meeting): Sundays at 9:30 a.m.



Meeting for Worship (and Children’s Meeting): Sundays at 9:30 a.m.

Clerk:  Charleen Krueger                   Alternate Clerk:  Paul Cooper

Recording Clerk:  Linda Callaway             Corresponding Clerk: David Levering

  Recorder: David Bruner                      Treasurer: Mary Cooper

        Info for Notices to Karen Chapman  kclenz@kclenz.com

           please by Tuesday June 26th so Notices are available July 1st .



June   2012     NOTICES


Advices & Queries:                     Spiritual Life                  Read by Chris Sayler

The life of the spirit gains depth and vigor through devotional practices, prayer, study, and meditation.  Take time regularly for individual and family worship, discussions, readings from sacred texts, and other spiritual refreshment in order to live a more centered life and to bring a deeper presence to the Meeting for  Worship.


Friends believe that the spiritual path is best found in community.  Create opportunities in your Meetings for people of all ages to explore and express their evolving relationship with the Divine, their spiritual highs and their doubts.  If different metaphors and language interfere with communication, listen more deeply, honoring the spirit in which the thought and words have their beginnings.

         Do I live in thankful awareness of God's  constant presence in my life?

Am I sensitive and obedient to the leadings of the Holy Spirit?

When do I take time for contemplation and spiritual refreshment?

What steps am I taking to center my life and to stay open to

continuing  revelation?

    Do we share  our spiritual lives with others in the Meeting, seeking

to know one another in that which is eternal?


Does the Meeting provide religious education including study of the Bible

and Friends' history and practices?


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Opportunities in June 2012


June 2  Sat   Property Committee Work Day, 9:15 – 11:30 am 

              Helpers welcome for whatever time they can give.


June 3 Sun   Meeting for Worship for Healing 8:45 – 9:15 Piano Room

               Meeting for Worship 9:30 am,  Potluck to follow.

        Charleen's Faith & Practice Class 11:15-12:15

June 6 Wed  Midweek Potluck, not yet set

June  9  Sat  Caring Concerns Committee,  2 pm Library


June 10 Sun Meeting for Worship for Healing 8:45 – 9:15 Piano Room

              Meeting for Worship 9:30 am

              Discussion led by Cathy De Haven on  "Journey's End,

               A Closer Look at the Very End of Life." 11 am

        Ministry & Counsel  2pm

June 13 Wed Midweek Potluck, not yet set


June 17 Sun   Meeting for Worship for Healing 8:45 – 9:15 Piano Room

         Meeting for Worship 9:30 am

                Peace & Social Justice Committee program 11 am

            Food Collection Sunday. Personal items also, please. 

June 20 Wed   Midweek Potluck, not yet set


June 24  Sun   Meeting for Worship for Healing 8:45 – 9:15 Piano Room                                     

Meeting for Worship 9:30 am   

               10:45 am  Meeting for Worship for the Conduct of Business

June 27 Wed   Midweek Potluck, not yet set

June 30 Sat     Property Committee Work Day 9:15 – 11:30 am

          Helpers welcome for whatever time they can give.


     

                Our Community News

Reminders

Davetta Williams our Pacific Yearly Meeting outgoing Rep reminds   Friends to save August 13-18 to attend PYM at Walker Creek Ranch    north of the Golden Gate Bridge which is 75 years old now.      Early registration saves $  -  please be reminded.


All Committees of the Meeting are newly beginning at this time.

We hope to provide complete info about all Committee Meeting

times soon.  Most such meetings are open to interested parties which

is why I hope to list their meetings..  kcl



Reading  by Hafiz 


    I long for You so much

    I follow barefoot Your frozen tracks


    That are high in the mountains

    That I know are years old.


    I long for You so much

    I have even begun to travel

    Where I have never been before.


     Hafiz, there is no one in this world

    Who is not looking for God


    Everyone is trudging along

    With as much dignity, courage

    And style

    As they possibly can.


    Hafiz, The Subject Tonight is Love

                    

                      


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May 2012 NOTICES


MEETING FOR WORSHIPAdvices and QueriesRead by Jeannette Casenave

The heart of the Religious Society of Friends is the Meeting for Worship. In direct communion with with God, we offer ourselves for God's will. Our daily lives are linked with the Meeting for Worship, the Meeting for Worship with our daily lives.

Come regularly to Meeting for Worship, even when you are angry, tired, or spiritually cold. Bring your joys and your hurts, and the needs of other people. Accept and support each other in the community where God dwells among us. As you do so, you may find the grace of prayer.

At times the Spirit may prompt you to speak in Meeting. Wait patiently to know that the sense and time are right. When you are sure, have confidence that the words will be given to you. Listen to the ministry of others with an open spirit. If it is not God's word for you, it may be for others. After a message has been given, allow time to ponder its meaning and to let the Meeting return to silent worship. In speech and in silence, each person contributes to the Meeting.


Do I come to Meeting with heart and mind prepared for worship?

In both silent and vocal ministry, do I respond to the leadings of the Holy Spirit, without prearrangement and in simplicity and truth?

Am I careful no to speak at undue length or beyond personal spiritual experience? Do we meet in expectant waiting for the promptings of the Divine Spirit? Are we drawn together in a living silence by the power of the God in our midst?




March 2012


Advices and Queries on Peace


Friends oppose all war as inconsistent with God's will. As every person is a child of God, we recognize God's Light also in our adversaries. Violence and injustice deny this reality and violate the teachings of Jesus and other prophets.

Friends challenge their governments and take personal risks in the cause of peace. We urge one another to refuse to participate in war as soldiers, or as arms' manufacturers. We seek ways to support those who refrain from paying taxes that support war. We work to end violence within our own borders, our homes, our streets, and our communities. We support international order, justice and understanding.


Become an instrument of peace. At every opportunity, be peacemakers in your homes, workplaces and communities. Steep yourself in the power of the universal Spirit. Examine your actions for the seeds of violence, degradation and destructiveness. Overcome the emotions that lie at the root of violence and nurture instead a spirit of reconciliation and love. Come to know the oneness of creation and oppose the destruction of the natural world.


Do I live in the virtue of that life and power that takes away the occasion of all wars? How do I nourish peace within myself as I work for peace in the world? Do I confront violence wherever it occurs even when my personal relationships are involved? Where there is distrust, injustice or hatred, how am I an instrument of reconciliation and love?


What are we doing to remove the causes of war and destruction of the planet, and to bring about lasting peace?

Do we reach out to all parties in a conflict with courage and love?



Reading by Clerk –

Unity suggests to us not agreement or sameness of viewpoint, but a oneness of purpose that instructs our life together. And so, it is not necessarily completed, but always underway, moving us beyond maintaining images, even our Quaker image. When we are divided, we are challenged to think of where our unity exists.

Strawberry Creek Monthly Meeting, 1989



 FEBRUARY 2012


Personal Relationships  Advices & Queries


 In daily relationships with others, both inside and outside the home, our lives as Friends speak immediately and lastingly. In these relationships, our faith may also be severely tested. We are called to respond to that of God in everyone: we are all children of God. Friends celebrate any union that is dedicated to mutual love and respect, regardless of the unique make-up of the family. We strive to create homes where the Spirit of the Divine resides at the center and where the individual genius of each member is respected and nurtured.


 Human sexuality is a divine gift, forming part of the complex union of body, mind and spirit that is our humanity. In a loving adult relationship in a context of mutual responsibility, sexuality brings delight, fulfillment and celebration.


 The presence of children carries a special blessing as well as responsibility. Children bring unique spiritual gifts — wonder, resiliency, playfulness and more. Recognize and honor the Divine Light within children and treat them with the dignity and respect that is due to all people. Listen to and learn from children; share with them those values and practices that are central to our own lives. Special care must be given to resolving problems between adults and children in a manner that gives equal weight to the feelings and needs of both children and adults. Tender parenting is one of the critically important peace vocations in our society.  Make every effort to offer all parents the personal and institutional support that this challenging work requires


 Take a strong stand against any form of abuse, whether that abuse is minor or severe, and whether it is emotional, physical or sexual in nature. The terrible impact of abuse on the most vulnerable members of our families creates lifelong suffering for its victims and is a major source of violence in our society. Perpetrators are themselves usually victims of similar violence and should be approached with compassion as well as firmness.

Personal Relationships Queries


Do I make my home a place of friendliness, joy and peace,

where residents and visitors feel God’s presence?

Are my sexual practices consistent with my spiritual beliefs

and free of manipulation and exploitation?

What barriers keep me from responding openly and lovingly to each person?

Do we open our thoughts, beliefs, and deep understandings to our children

and others who share our lives and our hospitality?

Do we provide our children and young adults with a framework

for active, ongoing participation in the Meeting?



  1. Statement about Conflict

Proposal for the Ministry & Counsel Committee


It is felt by some that it would be helpful for the Meeting, following discussions over

the past several years, to have a clear statement from the Ministry & Counsel Committee to the Meeting strongly supporting and encouraging discussion of differences, and clarifying how each person in the Meeting can support our Friends in the Meeting, and the Meeting itself, such as the following:


Following Meeting discussions over the past several years, the Ministry & Counsel Committee strongly supports and encourages all of us to embrace our differences. Friends beliefs are based on the experience of each individual.  The experience of each one of us, being human, is always different in some ways from every other person's experience.  We can embrace these differences and enrich each one of us and the Meeting, by becoming aware of new ideas, and getting to know each other better through discussionDifferences that could lead to conflict, can, with more knowledge and understanding, bring about more information and more closeness and trust, nurturing our relationships with each other.


Our very warm appreciation of our Quaker Dialogues demonstrates the value of knowing each other better.


We strongly encourage communication that is an open, clear, honest discussion of differences in thoughts and ideas, in, of course, a friendly, polite, considerate, respectful, understanding, loving manner, consistent  with our interest in Peace,

Love, Equality, Integrity and Community, as described in all of these parts of Faith & Practice.


In the event that any conflict or other problem should be of concern, especially anything that could affect the Meeting, we encourage anyone to contact the Clerk of M&C Committee at an earliest stage to consider any other means of support or clearness that could be available and appropriate.  The friendly  part of “niceness” is appreciated, but if it leads to an avoidance of resolution of conflict, that could let the conflict grow into even more problems, “inaction is a form of action”.  We want our beliefs and actions to be congruent. ***



***   The Notices Editor highlighted what seemed to be the most important words instead of the whole article,  as it was presented to me.  Please let me know if that is not helpful.  kcl



Reading by Clerk –

Friends should endeavor to work with one another in a humble and loving spirit, each giving to others credit for purity of motive, notwithstanding differences of opinion.  They are cautioned, however, to exercise mutual forbearance and, having expressed their views, to refrain from pressing them unduly when the judgment of the meeting obviously inclines to some other view.

                             George Selleck “Principles of the Quaker Business Method, “ p. 10


Saturday, March 10 has been selected for our Spring Meeting Retreat with Claire Gorfinkel, who will lead a workshop on Friends and Aging.  The goal is to stimulate awareness and get Friends talking about topics uncomfortable, which they might seek to escape.  It will build on the knowledge Friends have on the topic of aging, as we coalesce around each other and hear this important topic together. Clare is from Santa Rosa Meeting and has lead workshops on Adventures in Aging, Spirituality in Aging and Support in Aging, among other offerings.  An extensive list of topics has been offered for our consideration and choice of attendance.   9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.; with simple lunch, then for those wishing to attend after lunch, until 2:30, Saturday, March 10.



Overheard on Sunday


We believe in the possibility of good in every person.


We lift each other up with tender hands.


Walk cheerfully over the world, answering that of God in everyone.

--John Woolman, 1720




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January 2012

 

Advices & Queries Integrity & Personal Conduct


Integrity has always been a goal of Friends. It is essential to trust, to all communication between people and between people and God. Integrity grounds our beliefs, thoughts, and actions in our spiritual center and makes us whole.

Friends believe that we are called to speak the truth. A single standard of truth requires us to conduct ourselves in ways that are honest, direct, and plain, and to make our choices, both large and small, in accord with the urgings of the Spirit. It follows that we object to taking an oath, which presupposes a variable standard of truth. Be true to your word. “...let your yea be yea, and your nay, nay.” --James 5:12 KJV

 

From early days Friends have opposed gambling and practices based on chance. These activities profit from the inevitable loss of others, promote greed, and conflict with good stewardship.  Public lotteries have not furthered their purported benefit to the public good. All addictions are of concern. As to the use of alcohol and tobacco all too often entail serious risks to self and others, Friends who serve alcohol at home should be diligent in offering alternatives. Alcohol should not be served at Meeting gatherings. Find recreation that brings you joy & energy. Be aware of how your choices affect yourself & others.

 

How do I strive to maintain the integrity of my inner and outer lives?

Do I act upon my principles even when this entails difficult consequences?

Am I honest and truthful in all that I say and do, even when a

compromise might be easier or more popular?

Am I reflective about the way I gain my wealth and income and

sensitive to their impacts on others?

Is my life so filled with the Spirit that I am free from the misuse of

alcohol and other drugs, and excesses of any kind?

Do we, in our Meeting hold ourselves accountable to one another,

as do members of a healthy family?





September 2011


Advices & Queries for September: harmony with creation


It would go a long way to caution and direct people in their use of the world, that they were better studied and knowing in the Creation of it. For how could [they] find the confidence to abuse it, while they should see the Great Creator stare them in the face, in all and every part thereof?                            william penn, some fruits of solitude, 1693

 God is revealed in all Creation. We humans belong to the whole interdependent community of life on earth. Rejoice in the beauty, complexity, and mystery of creation, with gratitude to be part of its unfolding. Take time to learn how this community of life is organized and how it interacts. Live according to principles of right relationship and right action within this larger whole.

 Be aware of the influence humans have on the health and viability of life on earth. Call attention to what fosters or harms earth’s exquisite beauty, balances and interdependencies. Guided by Spirit, work to translate this understanding into ways of living that reflect our responsibility to one another, to the greater community of life, and to future generations.

In what ways do I express gratitude for the wondrous expressions of life on Earth?

Do I consider the damage I might do to the Earth’s vulnerable systems in choices I make of what I do, what I buy, and how I spend my time?

In our witness for the global environment, are we careful to consider justice and the well-being of the world’s poorest people?

Does our way of life threaten the viability of life on Earth?


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August 2011


Advices & Queries: stewardship and vocation


As Christians all we possess are the gifts of God... To turn all the treasures we possess into the channel of Universal Love becomes the business of our lives.”

--John Woolman


The principle of stewardship applies to all we have and are. As individuals, we are called to use our time, our various abilities, our strength, our money, and our material possessions with care, managing them wisely and sharing them generously.


From the indwelling Seed of God, we discover our particular gifts and discern the service to which we are called. In making choices about occupation or education, consider the way that offers the fullest opportunity to develop your individual abilities and contribute to the world community while providing for yourself and your family. In daily work, manifest a spirit of justice and understanding, and thus give a living witness to the truth.


Be ready to limit engagements, to withdraw for a time, or even to retire from an activity that inhibits your ability to follow a higher call. Try to discern the right moment to accept new responsibilities as well as to relinquish responsibility that can pass to others. Be open to your calling in different stages of life. Meetings need the strength and vigor of young people as well as the experience and wisdom of elders. Although they may not be able to contribute great financial support, their energy and insight invigorate the community. As people begin careers and families, they may need the spiritual and experienced help of the Meeting. Later, when families are growing up and careers are established, greater participation in the Meeting and greater financial support may become possible.


Welcome the approach of old age, your own and others’, as an opportunity for wisdom and greater attachment to the Light. Meetings should be ready with material and spiritual support for those suffering from unemployment or facing difficult vocational decisions.


Queries:

How have I been faithful to the leadings of the Spirit in choosing work or vocation?


What am I doing with my talents, time, money, and possessions?


Am I sharing them according to the Light I am given?


Is my conduct at the workplace consistent with my life as a Friend?


How does my daily work enhance my spiritual life?


How does the Meeting help and support members who are in job transitions?




JULY 2011

Advices & Queries: Meeting for Worship for Business  


Come to Meeting with hearts and minds prepared to be open and faithful to the leadings of the Spirit. Then the conduct of business will lead to truth, unity, and love.


When a matter is before the Meeting for Business, each person present contributes to the corporate search for a decision that accords with the will of God. Inaction is a form of action. Silent worship in the Meeting for Business contributes to the process of achieving unity.


Listen attentively to others’ words and use the silence between messages to reflect carefully on what you might contribute. When you are clear, speak simply what is in your heart, without repeating what has already been offered. While making your insights clear, lay aside personal opinions and attend to what God requires.


Do I attend Meeting for Business regularly? Do I speak in Meeting for Business only when I am led to speak?


Is the Meeting for Business held as a Meeting for Worship in which we seek divine guidance for our actions?


Are we tender and considerate of different views, coming to a decision only when we have found unity?


Do we give prayerful support for our clerks that they may be sensitive to the movement of the Spirit among us?




JUNE 2011

Advices & Queries:    Spiritual Life   


The life of the spirit gains depth and vigor through devotional practices, prayer, study, and meditation. Take time regularly for individual and family worship, discussions, readings from sacred texts, and other spiritual refreshment in order to live a more centered life and to bring a deeper presence to the Meeting for Worship.

Friends believe that the spiritual path is best found in community. Create opportunities in your Meetings for people of all ages to explore and express their evolving relationship with the Divine, their spiritual highs and their doubts. If different metaphors and language interfere with communication, listen more deeply, honoring the spirit in which the thought and words have their beginnings.

Do I live in thankful awareness of God's constant presence in my life?

Am I sensitive and obedient to the leadings of the Holy Spirit? When do I take time for contemplation and spiritual refreshment?


What steps am I taking to center my life and to stay open to continuing revelation?

Do we share our spiritual lives with others in the Meeting, seeking

to know one another in that which is eternal?

Does the Meeting provide religious education including study of the Bible

and Friends' history and practices?



May 2011

Advices & Queries: Meeting for Worship


The heart of the Religious Society of Friends is the Meeting for Worship. In direct communion with God, we offer ourselves for God's will. Our daily lives are linked with the Meeting for Worship, the Meeting for Worship with our daily lives.

Come regularly to Meeting for Worship, even when you are angry, tired, or spiritually cold. Bring your joys and your hurts, and needs of other people. Accept and support each other in the community where God dwells among us. As you do so, you may find the grace of prayer.


At times the Spirit may prompt you to speak in Meeting. Wait patiently to know that the sense and the time are right. When you are sure, have confidence that the words will be given to you. Listen to the ministry of others with an open spirit. If it is not God's word for you, it may be for others. After a message has been given, allow time to ponder its meaning and to let the Meeting return to silent worship. In speech and in silence, each person contributes to the Meeting.


Do I come to Meeting with heart and mind prepared for Worship?

In both silent and vocal ministry, do I respond to the leadings of the

Holy Spirit, without pre-arrangements and in simplicity and truth?

Am I careful not to speak at undue length

or beyond personal spiritual experience?

Do we meet in expectant waiting for the promptings of the Divine Spirit?

Are we drawn together in a living silence by power of God in our midst?


April 2011

Advices and Queries   THE MEETING COMMUNITY


Meetings for Worship and Business are the center of our spiritual community.  There, as we come to know each other in the Spirit, we build the “beloved community.”


Mutual respect and care in the Meeting form the foundation from which we can test, support, and exercise leadings of the Spirit.  At its best, the Meeting community provides a framework for us to learn and practice mutual care, which strengthens us as we act in the world.


All member of the Meeting community should share in the care of one another.  While respecting privacy, we must be aware of and sensitive to each other’s needs.  We must also be willing to ask for assistance when we are in need.


Do I strive to be inclusive in my relationships within the Meeting?


Do I care for the reputation of others, refraining from gossip, or disparaging remarks?


Am I committed to the difficult work of forgiveness, affirming God’s love for the whole community?


How are love and unity maintained among us?


Do we practice the art of listening, even beyond words?


How have we been sensitive to the personal needs and difficulties

of members and and attenders, young & old?


Do we visit one another in our homes and keep in touch with distant members?


Reading and Silence by Clerk –

At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us. --Albert Schweitzer,M.D.



March 2011

Advices and Queries on Peace 


Friends oppose all war as inconsistent with God's will. As every person is a child of God, we recognize God's Light also in our adversaries. Violence and injustice deny this reality and violate the teachings of Jesus and other prophets.


Friends challenge their governments and take personal risks in the cause of peace. We urge one another to reuse to participate in war as soldiers, or as arms' manufacturers. We seek ways to support those who refrain from paying taxes that support war. We work to end violence within our own borders, our homes, our streets, and our communities. We support international order, justice and understanding.


Become an instrument of peace. At every opportunity, be peacemakers in your homes, workplaces and communities. Steep yourself in the power of the universal Spirit. Examine your actions for the seeds of violence, degradation and destructiveness. Overcome the emotions that lie at the root of violence and nurture instead a spirit of reconciliation and love. Come to know the oneness of creation and oppose the destruction of the natural world.


Do I live in the virtue of that life and power that takes away the occasion of all wars?


How do I nourish peace within myself as I work for peace in the world?


Do I confront violence wherever it occurs even when my personal relationships are involved?


Where there is distrust, injustice or hatred, how am I an instrument of reconciliation and love?


What are we doing to remove the causes of war and destruction of the planet, and to bring about lasting peace?


Do we reach out to all parties in a conflict with courage and love?


FEBRUARY 2011

Personal Relationships


 In daily relationships with others, both inside and outside the home, our lives as Friends speak immediately and lastingly. In these relationships, our faith may also be severely tested.We are called to respond to that of God in everyone: we are all children of God. Friends celebrate any union that is dedicated to mutual love and respect, regardless of the unique make-up of the family.We strive to create homes where the Spirit of the Divine resides at the center and where the individual genius of each member is respected and nurtured.


 Human sexuality is a divine gift, forming part of the complex union of body, mind and spirit that is our humanity. In a loving adult relationship in a context of mutual responsibility, sexuality brings delight, fulfillment and celebration.


 The presence of children carries a special blessing as well as responsibility. Children bring unique spiritual gifts — wonder, resiliency, playfulness and more. Recognize and honor the Divine Light within children and treat them with the dignity and respect that is due to all people. Listen to and learn from children; share with them those values and practices that are central to our own lives. Special care must be given to resolving problems between adults and children in a manner that gives equal weight to the feelings and needs of both children and adults. Tender parenting is one of the critically important peace vocations in our society.Make every effort to offer all parents the personal and institutional support that this challenging work requires.


 Take a strong stand against any form of abuse, whether that abuse is minor or severe, and whether it is emotional, physical or sexual in nature. The terrible impact of abuse on the most vulnerable members of our families creates lifelong suffering for its victims and is a major source of violence in our society. Perpetrators are themselves usually victims of similar violence and should be approached with compassion as well as firmness.


Do I make my home a place of friendliness, joy, and peace, where residents and visitors feel God’s presence?

Are my sexual practices consistent with my spiritual beliefs and free of manipulation and exploitation?

What barriers keep me from responding openly and lovingly to each person

Do we open our thoughts, beliefs, and deep understandings to our children and others who share our lives and our hospitality?

Do we provide our children and young adults with a framework for active, ongoing participation in the Meeting?


Reading by Clerk –

“Everyone has the privilege and the duty to lay before the Meeting whatever relevant insight one may possess.  Out of this sharing of light may come a greater light which would not have been possible had some refrained from speaking…

Our conviction of God’s care for this world and our respect for the dignity of man must carry over into the conduct of out Meetings for Business.  We are called to love those present enough to listen to what they have to say and to speak what is worth their hearing.” 

                        Thomas S. Brown, “When Friends Attend to Business”





JANUARY 2011


Advices & Queries


Integrity & Personal Conduct


Integrity has always been a goal of Friends. It is essential to trust, to all communication between people and between people and God. Integrity grounds our beliefs, thoughts, and actions in our spiritual center and makes us whole.


Friends believe that we are called to speak the truth. A single standard of truth requires us to conduct ourselves in ways that are honest, direct, and plain, and to make our choices, both large and small, in accord with the urgings of the Spirit. It follows that we object to taking an oath, which presupposes a variable standard of truth. Be true to your word.

...let your yea be yea, and your nay, nay.” --James 5:12 KJV


From early days Friends have opposed gambling and practices based on chance. These activities profit from the inevitable loss of others, promote greed, and conflict with good

stewardship. Public lotteries have not furthered their purported benefit to the public good. All addictions are of concern. As to the use of alcohol and tobacco all too often entail serious risks to self and others, Friends who serve alcohol at home should be diligent in offering alternatives. Alcohol should not be served at Meeting gatherings.


Find recreation that brings you joy and energy. Be aware of how your choices affect yourself and others.


How do I strive to maintain the integrity of my inner and outer lives?


Do I act upon my principles even when this entails difficult consequences?


Am I honest and truthful in all that I say and do, even when a compromise mightbe easier or more popular?


Am I reflective about the way I gain my wealth and income and sensitive to their impacts on others?


Is my life so filled with the Spirit that I am free from the misuse of alcohol and other drugs, and excesses of any kind?


Do we, in our Meeting hold ourselves accountable to one another, as do members of a healthy family?





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