Friends have assessed the state of this religious society through the use of queries since the time of George Fox. Rooted in the history of Friends, the queries reflect the Quaker way of life, reminding Friends of the ideals we seek to attain. From the Christian tradition, Friends have taken as a standard the life and teaching of Jesus, not only as recorded in the New Testament, but even more importantly as revealed inwardly, as we seek God’s truth and its expression through our lives today. Friends approach queries as a guide to self-examination, using them not as an outward set of rules, but as a framework within which we assess our convictions and examine, clarify, and consider prayerfully the direction of our lives and the life of the community. (From PYM)
Deepening Our Faith:
Meeting for Business
a. Is our meeting for business held in worship in which we seek divine guidance?
b. How do we sustain prayerful consideration of all aspects of an issue and address difficult problems with a search for truth that is unhurried by the pressures of time?
c. Do we recognize that we speak through our inaction as well as our action?
d. Do I regularly attend meeting for business? If unable to attend, how do I fulfill the responsibility to understand and embrace the decisions made?
e. How do I affirm and support God’s presence in the process of discernment and reaching a decision?
f. Do I remain open to personal transformation as the community arrives at the sense of the meeting?