Creating this we can say
Late in 2003, Australian Quakers took the step of publishing writings from
many personal journeys. We honoured the need for us all to find our own way
to tell our story an to delve where words cannot really go. The resulting publication,
this we can say, is in the Quaker tradition of faith and practice collections.
As Friends, we depend on using an opportunity in our own life to lead to new
understandings, or to find meaning among challenges and contradictions. Here
is just a taste taken from the earliest items, showing how inspirations have
come to some of us.
Experiences of the Spirit
These words were written during 'Spirit Now', a Summer School at the Yearly Meeting
gathering in 2001.
- We affirm that the Spirit is everywhere and always accessible.
- We affirm that the Spirit is shaped by the mysteries and contrasts of the
ancient Australian landscape, the climate, our rivers and oceans.
- We affirm our need to be open to the Spirit in Indigenous cultures.
- We affirm that ordinary experiences of life ? imperfections, yearnings,
birth, suffering and death, nature, beauty, art and science ? are the Spirit.
- We affirm that the Spirit is in goodwill, in small acts of kindness and
in being utterly truthful.
- We affirm that being held in the Spirit is a way through brokenness, darkness
- We affirm that the Spirit is breath, hope, light, love, dancing, singing,
laugjhing, creativity, wholeness, connectedness, focus, integration, courage,
journeying and leadings.
- We affirm that the Spirit is unsettling, paradoxical and doesn?t necessarily
follow our timing.
- We affirm that the Spirit is in all our ways of living and working.
- We affirm that the Spirit shines through our connections with and support
for each other and our community.
- We affirm the need for stillness to listen in silence to the Spirit.
- We affirm the utter availability of the Spirit of God.
Illustrating this we can say
The illustrations for this we can say were seen as another form of ministry.
1 Inspiration: our faith
1.1 Experiences of the Spirit
1.16 Images of God in creativity
1.34 In science
1.42 In place
1.64 Faith traditions
2 The Religious Society of Friends: our practice
2.15 Listening, Meeting for Worship
2.37 Meeting for Worship for business
2.49 Clearness Meetings
2.51 Leadings and concerns
2.59 Sense of community
3 Living our faith
3.1 Faith in action
3.31 lives speak
3.45 our testimonies equality
3.53 truthfulness and integrity
4 Finding our way through life
4.2 life stages childhood
4.36 life challenges
5 Facing the challenges of time and place
5.2 children and young people
5.9 indigenous people
5.37 this land
5.53 our region
5.62 our world
6 Advices and queries (Britain Yearly Meeting 1994)
7 Historical perspective