Sometimes "Yes," Sometimes "No!"
Sadly, too often we Friends cut ourselves off from the very Life the power of which, flowing through us, rocked our spiritual ancesters' world.
Spirit guidance is the true primary "Quaker Value"
We as a Society of the Friends of Jesus, like many other groups within the Church, spent many years living under the locks and keys of specific, judgmental do's, don'ts, human patterns, and Quaker cultural laws that supposedly answered the what, when, where, and how. But the truth is that these "good things" shut us, and our lives, off from the flow of the Holy Spirit and brought us brokenness, exclusion, and spiritual death.
Spirit breathed answers to
"how then shall I live in this moment?"
In the past, "Quaker Values" referred to Biblical emphases that Quakers held in conscious thought as foundations to Christian community and guides to interaction with all of persons. You will note that "value" does not provide a prescription for what, where, and how a proper answer is lived. "Values" were "queries" to take daily, moment by moment, before the throne of God for Spirit breathed answers to "how then shall I live in this moment?"
But Sometimes No??
Further Readings On Quakers and Quaker Values
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