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Spirituality - from September 2011 Sparta Friends Meeting Newsletter

posted Oct 19, 2011, 2:24 PM by Dianne Fowler

Spirituality - adapted from website of spirituality and practice by Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat plus readings from — J. Brent Bill in Holy Silence

Use Queries

Since Quakers don't have a formal creed or a prayer book against which to measure faithfulness, we developed the concept of asking questions of ourselves, individually and corporately, as a gauge of faith and practice. This method began in the seventeenth century with the now quaint name of "Queries." Queries are sets of questions rooted in Quaker faith and life as informed by Friends' history, collective Quaker wisdom, and the Bible. The Queries are meant to be a form of guided self-examination, but they aren't meant to be an outward set of rules. In that sense, there are no outwardly defined correct answers. Rather, the Queries give us a framework within which we can look at and consider prayerfully the direction of our lives and the life of our worshiping community.

— J. Brent Bill in
Holy Silence

12. To Practice This Today:  These Queries are suggested by J. Brent Bill. He advises that you relax your body and mind, breathe deeply, and think about the Query slowly and gently.

• Do I encourage in myself a habit of relying on God's guidance for each day?

• In holy silence, do I respond to the leadings of the Holy Spirit, without trying to decide in advance what those leadings may be?

• Am I open to the healing power of God's love?

• Am I aware of the Spirit of God at work in the ordinary activities and experiences of daily life?

• Am I ready to yield to God's will?