The Worship and Ministry Committee considers the state of the Meeting's spiritual health and development and plans adult classes and discussion sessions to foster a deepened spiritual sensitivity among our members and attenders.
We distribute Bench Statements each month at Meeting for Worship. Here are some examples which are reflections on Quaker Religiosity:
“The primary doctrine of the Society of Friends declares that the Presence of God is felt at the apex of the human soul and that [all peoples] can therefore know and heed God directly, without any intermediary in the form of church, priest, sacrament, or sacred book.”
Howard Brinton, 1948, in Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, Faith and Practice, 1997, p. 92
“Quakerism at its birth was a fresh attempt to recover the way of life revealed in the New Testament, to re-interpret and re-live it in this present world. Its founders intended to revive apostolic Christianity. They did not intend to create a new sect. They carefully avoided calling themselves a ‘Church.’ They were content to be a ‘Society of Friends.’ George Fox said: ‘The Quakers are not a sect but are [a people living] in the power of God which was before sects were.’”
Rufus M. Jones, 1937, in Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, Faith and Practice, 1997, p. 91
Liberal Quakerism today rejoices in expanding beyond Christianity to incorporate loving souls of many religious traditions and those of no religious tradition at all who struggle to deepen and expand the goodness of the human spirit in the world as we find it.
Haverford Friends Meeting, Worship and Ministry, 2009