Back in August, I wrote an essay for a small magazine as a free lance exercise. Unfortunately, this one was not published. As I have not heard from my editor on this essay, at this point I assume that it is mine to share with my readers. If any are interested this is some advice concerning Friend’s meetings for worship.
An abstract would be that I am concerned that the more “evangelical” branch of Friends are failing our members through too few voices holding too much authority. We are also failing these leaders by separating them from the faith community. (a pedestal is a lonely place if you are not a statue), and suffering by taking spiritual direction from pastors who do not have the luxury of “going to church. I further suggest that if leaders are not held accountable, they can lead the group into disaster.