SAYMA Faith and Practice Document on Community

SAYMA is the Southern Appalachian Yearly Meeting and Association. Columbia, Aiken Worship Group, and Greenville meetings are affiliated with SAYMA.

Attachment 3: Faith and Practice Revision Committee Report

Proposed Revision to Faith and Practice, August 2009'


"As many candles, lighted and put in one place, do greatly augment the light, and make it more to shine forth, so when many are gathered together in the same life there is more of the glory of God." Robert Barclay (1678)

"When we focus on our oneness and unity in the Love that is God, it's tempting to believe that we will all live happily ever after together, with never an unkind word or misunderstanding, much less legitimate complaints, anger or real nastiness. The challenge of course is to hold up and live out the vision while acknowledging and accepting the reality of our own flawed humanity and that of those we live with."

Patricia Loring, Listening Spirituality: Corporate Practice Among Friends
page 37

Community is one of the important foundations of Quakerism. This testimony arises from our experience that a group worshiping together encounters God. Since the first generation, Friends have had a practice of discernment where unity is the focus, looking not only to individual inspirations but also to the movement of the Spirit in their midst. Friends followed this practice in meetings for worship with a concern for business. It was not the person with the most money, age, or length of history with Friends who made the decisions; it was the group as a whole that discerned the will of God. That sense of the meeting, that Spirit which the worshippers recognized in unity, was the authority.

Read more: SAYMA Faith and Practice Document on Community

Program Robert Barclay Apology

Notes for September 27, 2009 Program on
A Brief Introduction to
Apology for the True Christian Divinity
Robert Barclay

Response to Wallace Article in Friends Journal

{jcomments lock} Terry Wallace, in his article,"Misunderstanding Quaker Faith and Practice " in Friends Journal, tried to correct what he sees as limitations of the unprogrammed Friends tradition, but I think he instead displayed a misunderstanding of the unprogrammed tradition, its opposition to creeds, its use of the Bible, and many other things.

Podcast on Redemption

Jack Kornfield, an insight meditation teacher, provides an insightful talk entitled redemption, but which is much broader than the title suggests. It can be heard at

The Garden at Columbia Friends' Meeting House

At Columbia's new meeting house we are growning vegetables, fruit and flowers. Near the entrance, our butterfly garden offers a colorful welcome.