I grew up Baptist, and I will always treasure my Baptist roots. My children, for the most part, grew up Quaker, and even though most of them do not attend church regularly, they love identifying with the Quaker faith and cherish their Quaker roots. It isn't the music that draws them, or even the sermons; it's the responsiveness to the needs of the world, openness to others, and the times of quiet and reflection that are so badly needed in a world that is constantly "on call".


My girls believe that Quakers have always been ahead of the time with their social mindfulness and "revolutionary" ways (eg., helping the slaves escape through the underground railroad; believing that there is "that of God in everyone"). In a discussion with our extended family, my brother shared a video of a contemporary church with it's entertaining music, and Ryan made the comment that it was cool, but he really appreciated the time of quiet meditation that Quakers offer. Daniel was in agreement.


Yes, we live in a changing world, and the church is changing along with it, but--entertainment industry aside--social mindfulness and meditation are big topics in a world that is seeking to get in touch with itself and perhaps a higher power. The Quaker tradition of "centering down" is, well, once again ahead of the game. I'm not saying that some changes aren't in order; just don't throw out the baby with the bath water!


In Christ,


Everyone is welcome at Archdale Friends Meeting. Each individual is loved and respected. There is that of God in each person and we desire to help each person find the path to Christ and His salvation.