Accepting Advice 1.
My concern is not so much the mindset or social
class of members, but that many do not accept that
the promptings of love and truth in their hearts
are the leadings of anything that might be called
In a recent Woodbooke session one of our group
urged that our Minute should not appear to exclude
'non-theistic' Friends by mentioning God.
I would not try to dictate anyone's beliefs but it
seem to me an affront to a testimony to truth to
be active in a leadership role (e.g. an Elder) in
a Religious Society if one rejects the basis of
religion, namely 'a God or gods'.
Friends are so anxious to welcome new members, so
afraid of saying anything to put them off, that
they do not clarify that ours is a religious
society, even in the membership visit. Consequently
able new members are quickly put into positions of
authority though their beliefs are those of
This matters. In a Meeting for Worship, and even
more so in one for business, it is difficult to
trust that what emerges is of God if several of
one's associates reject that basis.
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