Words and the Word

God is mystery. The Divine is transcendent—bigger than our minds can comprehend, and also infinitely “other” than human. The Divine is also immanent—deep within us and amazingly familiar and accessible, as is our own deepest selves. The Religious Society of Friends is based on the assumption that this Divine Mystery connects with us individually and corporately. Virtually all faith traditions wrestle with the conundrum of how we humans can “know” this Divine Mystery. From our earliest days, Friends have assumed that all an individual can ever really know about God, about truth and love, about the🔒

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Marty Paxson Grundy, a member of Cleveland (Ohio) Meeting, is recording clerk of Lake Erie Yearly Meeting. She recently edited the memoirs of 18th-century Friends minister David Ferris, Resistance and Obedience to God. © 2002 Marty Paxson Grundy

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