Last Updated Sept 2017
"Silence is God's first language"
(St John of the Cross)
Do you try to set aside times of quiet for openness to the Holy Spirit? All of us need to find a way into silence which allows us to deepen our awareness of the divine and to find the inward source of our strength. Seek to know an inward stillness, even amid the activities of daily life.
Do you encourage in yourself and others a habit of dependence on God’s guidance for each day? Hold yourself and others in the Light, knowing that all are cherished by God.
(From Quaker Advices and Queries, 3)
Our community agreement states:
"As the space in which we open ourselves to experience the unconditional love of God, silence is an essential element of our community prayer. Being silent together has a special quality, different from personal silence. As something which, in a world of noise, it is common to shy away from, silence is one of the potential gifts this community has to offer to the city."
Each of our times of prayer involves a time of silence, usually 8 - 10 minutes. On Monday we spend a longer time in silence.
To learn contemplative practice is to learn what we need so as to live truthfully and honestly and lovingly. It is a deeply revolutionary matter.