This Blog is built upon the values and practices I treasure most.
So today, I discuss personal faith perspectives. They will come up again and again in our discussions.
The Belief-O-Matic Personality Quiz says that I fit the
Liberal Unprogrammed Quaker Faith.
No surprise to me. It is great having a place to belong.
In The Religious Society of Friends (or Quakers)
I find the same principles that I love. Check them out.
1. We are peacemakers. Actively promoting harmony, peace and non-violence.
2. We cleave to honesty. So we are often not even comfortable making promises or swearing oaths.
3. We hold to simplicity: a socially conscious lifestyle that allows spiritual devotion and service without distraction.
4. We involve ourselves in social action, and humanitarian service, after carefully discerning divine direction. This is done through corporate prayer and listening in silence, rather than through decisions of clergy, or hierarchies.
5. We are radically inclusive, even Universalist. We are all One, regardless, without exception. Perhaps, the most well known Quaker phrase is "There is that of God in everyone." This has led to a deep respect for others, even for those who do not share our views. We hold forth our peculiar perspective without denying the legitimacy of another's journey.
6. We unceasingly promote equality for all people.
7. We emphasize spiritual reality, without any emphasis on outward sacraments or ordinances.
8. We are non-creedal. We understand the Bible as a revelation of God, but not the only revelation, for God continues to reveal truth.
9. We tend to have no salaried ministry, but we do encourage traveling "friends" who visit the meetings. We look to the Divine Light within to guide and direct.
10. Our meetings are open and participatory, often with times of silence until someone is moved to share or contribute.
Lived out, these ideals develop into a radical egalitarian counterculture, a society of friends, powerfully working with divine guidance for the common good, defying oppression, and changing the very fabric of society. This is revolutionary.
Who are you? Take the Belief-O-Matic Quiz for yourself http://www.beliefnet.com/story/76/story_7665_1.html?rnd=28
Discovering my own personal treasure,
URfriend, Dean Johnson