Friday, May 23, 2014
Quakers Are Weird? Yepper!
My friend Jana Llewellyn recently wrote "The Bible says that the Jews are God’s chosen people. Author Anne Lamott says that the Presbyterians are God’s frozen people. I decided last week that the religious sect I’m a part of, Quakers (also called The Religious Society of Friends), are God’s weird people.
That means I’m weird, too."
That means I'm weird, too -- which is a badge I'll add to my "bad" badge. Not bad as in "evil," but bad as in not being very good at being a good Quaker.
Jana offers seven tips to help us deal with the not so good weirdness we Quakers sometimes experience/demonstrate --
First and foremost, we need to live a life that focuses on a deep inward connection to God.
Second, each of us needs a personal and daily practice of communing with God.
Third, stop talking about being Quaker. Stop navel-gazing. Reach out.
Fourth, cut your beard.
Fifth, humbly minister to other Quakers.
Sixth. Get out of the past.
Seventh: Look for the best in everyone you meet.
This essay is warm, quirky, funny, biting, and helpful. Every Quaker and every Friends meeting should read the whole thing -- which you can here: God's Weird People