Religious Wounding: What Can Our Meetings’ Elders Do?

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Mariellen Gilpin is coordinating editor of What Canst Thou Say?, a publication for Quakers and others who have mystical experiences, and a member of Urbana-Champaign (Ill.) Meeting. She wrote the Pendle Hill pamphlet God’s Healing Grace: Reflections on a Journey with Mental and Spiritual Illness.

Posted in: Features, May 2014

2 Responses to Religious Wounding: What Can Our Meetings’ Elders Do?

  1. Chester Kirchman May 23, 2014 at 7:00 am #

    City & State
    Orangeville, PA
    Thank you, Friend Mariellen Gilpin, for a call to accept the various views in Quaker Meetings. To relinquish to just one’s views, especially courtesy of an abusive childhood, loses the true meaning of a Society of Religious Friends Meeting to reach a Global Consciousness, my God, together. For many Quakers, especially in Quaker Universalist Fellowship, your Kelly’s view, as well as many others’ even avowed atheists’, is welcomed to reach across the many ways to unite manhood. With our expanding cyber-space, we are in a position to reach this Global Consciousness through people like the three gentleman on ‘TEDxDU Interfaith Amigos’ online. We each have our own belief and faith in it. The more we can compare similarity in those beliefs, the closer mankind comes to unification. Looking at the cross-over between your own background and Kelly’s history helped in bringing you together, even though reason for a difference in beliefs existed. Admittedly, elders do need to comprehend a separation in beliefs to bring us closer together in meetings. May God (the Force) be with you.

  2. Jill Hurst-Wahl August 4, 2014 at 3:35 pm #

    City & State
    Syracuse, NY
    Isn’t it interesting that the speaker in Meeting for Worship (or another Quaker gathering) is often asked to modify his/her words in order to appease the listener? That leaves us tiptoeing around thoughts and ideas. Rather than having rich conversations, we have conversations were much of the meaning may be left to the side.

    By the way, even the parables of Jesus put a burden on the hearer, knowing that each person might hear and take away something slightly different from parables that were laced with meaning.

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