From the Faith & Practice of Pacific Yearly Meeting – 2001
The Meeting Community
Meetings for Worship and Business are the center of our spiritual community. There, as we come to know each other in the Spirit, we build the “beloved community.”
Mutual respect and care in the Meeting form the foundation from which we can test, support, and exercise readings of the Spirit. At its best, the Meeting community provides a framework for us to learn and practice mutual care, which strengthens us as we act in the world.
All members of the Meeting community should share in the care of one another. While respecting privacy, we must be aware of and sensitive to each other’s needs. We must also be willing to ask for assistance when we are in need.
Do I strive to be inclusive in my relationships within the Meeting?
Do I care for the reputation of others, refraining from gossip or disparaging remarks?
Am I committed to the difficult work of forgiveness, and affirming God’s love for the whole community?
How are love and unity maintained among us?
Do we practice the art of listening, even beyond words?
How have we been sensitive to the personal needs and difficulties of members and attendees, young and old?
Do we visit one another in our homes and keep in touch with distant members?
Note: Some queries are intended for individuals. Italicized queries are intended for the Meeting collectively.