I guess you could say that I am in Quaker kindergarten. As a new follower of Quakers and universalism, a roadmap would be helpful to build my understanding of these institutions.
The QUF weblog has spawned many new ideas and raised questions for me about how to live my life with purpose. I have been seeking a sense of community and kindness.
Quaker Universalism has raised my consciousness because, well, it’s universal. It doesn’t have to be tied to a set a rules and regulations and a particular religious or secular community. These are ‘life rules’ that don’t point a finger and regulate your life. I am free but very comforted by the boundaries and the responsibility is all mine to find the spirit within me. The ethical principles really make sense to me. I try to recount them every day and assess if I am doing my best to live by them.
Rhoda Gilman’s article on the QUF website entitled A View of Quaker Universalism resonates with me as a newcomer. While I am uninitiated with the full spectrum of Quaker practices, Ms. Gilman’s advice to employ the Quaker principles to help solve the difficult problems facing our planet is very motivating. I certainly hope I am up to the task.
If the readers of the blog and practitioners of Quaker universalism have suggestions for a roadmap on learning more about these ideals, I would appreciate your thoughts.