Some short thoughts.
On Sunday, my meeting spent some time reflecting on the question ‘What is our ministry?’. It was a really fruitful discussion and many people expressed how much they’d enjoyed it. It was preceded by a share meal, something readers of my blog will know I’m very keen on! I think there was a hunger to have more shared meals, something I’m more than happy to help make happen.
In a previous post, I wrote about ‘Sunday club’ syndrome. This is where coming to meeting for worship is one spiritual practice of many, and a deeper commitment to the fellow worshipers is not required or even desired. I’m convinced that this syndrome is present in my meeting. I’m not sure what to do about it, but it’s something to be aware of.
‘Sunday club’ syndrome does nothing to challenge lateness to meeting, something our meeting struggles with. It also does nothing to inspire spontaneous hospitality. My partner spoke to me after the meeting on Sunday, saying that, with all our forward planning, we shouldn’t forget the importance of spontaneity. The social nature of Quakerism demands that we involve ourselves in the lives of our fellow worshipers. We must know each other in the things that are temporal as well as eternal. There is a lot to be said for the unexpected invitation to lunch.