Commentary from Facebook
At the end of last October, we posted a call for submissions for this issue on our Facebook page, posing a few thought‐provoking queries on the topic. These call‐for‐submissions questions are meant to be rhetorical, meant to inspire the writer within to accept the challenge and submit to us the next great article on Quaker thought and life today. And usually they are interpreted as such (at least that’s what we hope when no one leaves a comment). But this time, about a dozen of our Facebook followers replied to the post, openly sharing their thoughts on the matter. As the thread grew with more voices chiming in, we enjoyed following the discussion and later saw it as insightful commentary on how Friends around the world think about recognizing life’s passages. From Monteverde to Morrisville and New England to Atlanta, Friends shared a number of ceremonious‐type observances: “meetings for appreciation,” “certificates of welcome,” “baby dedications,” “rites of passage,” and copies of Faith and Practice; along with opinions on the need for such commemoration (Friends don’t do external forms, right?) and the difference between community and spirituality. One person even tagged God (did you know God is on Facebook?). You can read all the comments from that post below; those wanting to share more are invited to join the conversation by commenting below.