Two weeks ago I spoke to our meeting on my spiritual autobiography. The meeting does several of these a year, provided there are willing volunteers.
I began by explaining that Id grown up in a nearby unprogrammed Friends meeting which was rather similar to our meeting. That I had become a Christian by convincement and that I would be trying faithfully to make the session one of sharing history and insights with my Friends, not an evangelical project. I explained that my language would be Christian, as that matches best whats in my heart.
Then I opened up to questions, answers or topics people wanted to hear about. As I proceeded through my outline, I paid attention to those parts of it that might address those interests.
Here are the points I had written as an outline. I haven’t expanded these in writing, but might someday. If you’re interested in one or two, please ask for details, make suggestions or offer your related experiences in a comment.
- Childhood in an unprogrammed meeting. The influences of that community and some of those Friends.
- The influences on me of my grandma and my older brother.
- Quakers in Nigeria, where I lived during sixth grade
- Friends School Saffron Walden for a year
- Exposure to responsibility in the meeting as an adolescent and young adult
- My interest in FCNL and preference for their clear strategy
- Quaker Youth Pilgrimage of 1973
- Coming of age in the Friends meeting (in Intermountain YM) where I started college. My role as an experienced Friend in a young meeting
- Attending a conservative meeting for a summer
- The experience of being dismantled and shown my weakness in comparison to: Gods gently applied strength, and the challenges and expectations before me. The assistance from the Lord that offers just sufficient resource to do the work Im called to.
- Young Friends of North America and Western Young Friends
- Learning to clerk
- The career call to physical activity and helping people come into Gods presence with joy and thanksgiving (Psalm 100)
- The call I received to be part of this Friends meeting and settle in this town
In the next entry, I’m including more outline, about what I said and what I omitted.