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Kristen's testimony slides

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  • 1. Friends Testimonies Quaker Faith in Action
  • 2.  What is Quaker Testimony?  Where Do They Come From?  Where Do They Go?  Some Current Issues of Testimony in North America
  • 3. Testimony  commonly considered to be a statement, either of faith or of fact (as in a court of law)  Quaker testimony is not written, but is written about
  • 4. Values in action
  • 5. “Be patterns, be examples in all countries, places, islands, nations, wherever you come, that your carriage and life may preach among all sorts of people and to them; then you will come to walk cheerfully over the world, answering that of God in everyone” ” George Fox 1656
  • 6. “To live sacramentally is to make thousands of little daily decisions” Jonathan Dale 2002
  • 7. Core values endure, but action will evolve to match the times and circumstances
  • 8. Where do the testimonies come from? All testimony flows from the notion of “that of God” in all people  Peace  Truth and Integrity  Equality  Simplicity
  • 9. individual concerns discernment and testing corporate witness testimony
  • 10. Testimonies Over Time  Among Friends, some different forms and expressions of testimony have arisen, but all flow back in some way to the core values  Historical examples:  plain speech and dress  hat honor  Contemporary examples: refusal to use titles, careful use of language, choosing to live and participate in a mixed neighborhood
  • 11. In North America (and elsewhere)  growing conversation about the environment and Earth care  Is this an adjustment to existing testimonies to make more explicit our obligation to all of creation?  Does it matter?
  • 12. Some Current Issues of Testimony in North America
  • 13. Peace Absolute pacifism vs. duty to protect
  • 14. Simplicity  Is it unQuakerly to earn a good salary?  Guilt and pressure
  • 15. Immigration
  • 16. Testimonies are a “tool, not a rule” Framework and language of testimonies give us a tool to examine ourselves and communities and choose a way forward
  • 17. Quite a challenge  Impossible standards?  Or the start of a journey?
  • 18. Quakerism is “a voyage of spiritual discovery undertaken with friends, which is reflected in turn in their journeys. They offer a faith based on personal experience” Geoffrey Durham 2010