Open Letter from Quaker Youth, Part 4
Here is the 4th installation in this project – please engage with the others, as well (Letter 1, Letter 2, and Letter 3). It is a privilege to walk alongside young people seeking truth. Please join us!
Dear Northwest Yearly Meeting,
As members of the Friends Leadership Program, we’ve come to understand the movement of Quakerism, where we’ve come from, and where we have yet to go. We’ve witnessed the growth of the Quaker movement, where early Quakers once believed themselves as the true and perfect way, into a group of people that became active in the concerns of the world. The importance of silence as means to worship and inward communion is something we feel is incredibly important and should never be lost sight of in future generations.
It is our hope that the Yearly Meeting continues to be open to differing opinions and is respective to the idea of spiritual revelation arising in anyone. We should approach new and changing issues with open ears to Christ’s leading in our lives, such as the topic of homosexuality in the broader church community. This, specifically, is an issue our generation holds strongly to, and it is our hope that we continue to engage in conversation with this as well as similar issues.
We hope that the Northwest Yearly Meeting continues to pursue some of the most fundamental aspects of Quaker belief, such as that of simplicity, peace, justice, and equality in a manner that is respective of the surrounding global culture. The tendency of the modern church in general has been lukewarm in their involvement with the world. Jesus, in response to the Pharisee’s exclusive outlook, was active in the social concerns of his context. Rather than keeping an inward focus within our churches, we should continually approach a kingdom-centered focus in our communities, following both Jesus’ model of ministry and our own personal leadings from the Holy Spirit.
Just as each generation of Quakers has engaged the world in its own context, with the same pattern of discernment and authenticity, there is no other direction we can go but forward.
Young Adult Friends