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)
Grounding for Transformed Lives:
Integrity and Simplicity
a. What is the interplay between simplicity and integrity in the life of our meeting?
b. How does our meeting embody simplicity and integrity in its structures and practices?
c. How has our meeting considered humanity’s impact on the earth’s ecological integrity and the ways in which violence and injustice exacerbate this impact?
d. How do I strive to achieve harmony between my inner and outer commitments in my spiritual journey, my work, my family and my other responsibilities?
e. Am I temperate in all things?
f. Am I open to counsel regarding addictive behavior?
g. Am I involved only with those organizations and activities whose purposes and methods complement my integrity?
h. Am I careful to speak truth as I know it and am I open to truth spoken to me?
i. Am I mindful that judicial oaths imply a double standard of truth?