October 16, Witness

Worshipful Silence

Introduction

Personal introduction to Quaker witness and testimonies
General ideas on witness
Exercise: Break into pairs and think/discuss what it means to ‘witness’ in our daily faithful lives

Presentation

A brief history of Quaker witness and testimonies: Then and now
What is personal witness?
What is the witness of the meeting as a whole?
What is public witness?

Interaction/Small Groups

Exercise: Respond to the quote below, found on from the FMC website witness page, from George Fox’s epistle “An Exhortation to Friends in the Ministry”

“[B]e 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; whereby in them you may be a blessing, and make the witness of God in them to bless you.” —George Fox

Closing Relections

Present Witness opportunities for the attenders to possible pursue—FMC Peace & Social Concerns Committee, Friends Committee on Naitonal Legislation (FCNL), American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), etc.

Worshipful Silence


Reference Material

Web-based written materials (to be posted)

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