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Testimony

  1. 1. Friends Testimonies Quaker Faith in Action
  2. 2.  What is Quaker Testimony?  Where Do They Come From?  Where Do They Go?  Some Current Issues of Testimony in North America
  3. 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. 4. Values in action
  5. 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. 6. “To live sacramentally is to make thousands of little daily decisions” Jonathan Dale 2002
  7. 7. Core values endure, but action will evolve to match the times and circumstances
  8. 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. 9. individual concerns discernment and testing corporate witness testimony
  10. 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. 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. 12. Some Current Issues of Testimony in North America
  13. 13. Peace Absolute pacifism vs. duty to protect
  14. 14. Simplicity  Is it unQuakerly to earn a good salary?  Guilt and pressure
  15. 15. Immigration
  16. 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. 17. Quite a challenge  Impossible standards?  Or the start of a journey?
  18. 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

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