Radical Love in the Meetinghouse – Friends Journal

In ordinary conversation with others in the meeting, we can listen and speak as we do during worship: with the same generosity of spirit and the same confidence in each other. We don’t need to hold the same views, and we don’t need to keep our thoughts to ourselves. This approach allows us to speak openly even when we disagree, and to recover from misunderstandings and mistakes.

The goal is not to all hold the same view but to move forward together. A radically loving meeting community finds unity in common purposes and practices rather than in common beliefs and experiences, as important as those are to us individually.

Writing a document for possible approval by a religiously diverse meeting or organization is a wonderful challenge. It was my good fortune to work on such a project with Quaker Earthcare Witness (QEW), an environmental organization whose members hold many different views. We wrote a statement on unity with diversity in generic language open to all, except for one section in which we each wrote in our distinctive ways: theist and nontheist, Christian and non-Christian, traditional scientist and ecospiritualist, and so on. We clearly stated that these were the many voices of our community, and that no one voice was required of us all.

Radical Love in the Meetinghouse – Friends Journal