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)
Witnessing in the World:
Ministry of Outreach
a. How does our meeting communicate Friends’ presence and principles to the wider community?
b. How does our meeting join with other faith communities in worship, in spiritual dialogue and in social action?
c. What are we doing to invite persons to attend our meetings for worship, to welcome them when they come, to listen sensitively to their needs and hesitations and to encourage their continued attendance?
d. How do I share my spiritual life and experience with others?
e. Does my life as a Friend attract others to our religious society?
f. What opportunities have I taken to worship with people from other religious and cultural backgrounds and work with them on common concerns?