Abiding in worship’s deep silence, our moral certainties suspended in trusting openness to the spirit that was in Jesus, we experience judgment in truth here and now.
Deep, mindful silence dissolves borders and illumines our relationship to all that is. Silence, therefore, is a door to wisdom, the “gateless gate” of enlightenment. Metaphor can help guide us on the path to that gate, leading us to life.
In John’s story of the discovery of the Resurrection by Mary the Magdalene, Mary speaks my heart. As have I, she moves from sorrow over loss of a God-object to trust in a Christ-spirit to which we cannot cling.
“Ecumenism and Universalism” and “James Nayler’s Statement”: Parts 15 and 16 of “The Life of the Spirit” in Quaker Faith & Practice for the 21st Century
“Peace and Nonviolence”: Part 14 of “The Life of the Spirit” in Quaker Faith & Practice for the 21st Century
“Social Justice” and “Mercy and Generosity”: parts 12 and 13 of “The Life of the Spirit.”
Part 11, “Practical Expression of the Life of the Spirit,” of Section II (“The Life of the Spirit”) of Quaker Faith & Practice for the 21st Century.
Parts 9 & 10, “Personal, Family, and Community Life” and “Meditative Prayer,” of Section II (“The Life of the Spirit”) of Quaker Faith & Practice for the 21st Century.