Queries are questions we ask ourselves in the stillness, listening for the FRIEND or LIGHT within to reveal leading. They are reflective contemplations meant to draw out the soulful side of our lives. Here is a sampling of some queries from the latest edition of FAITH AND PRACTICE, published by the PHILADELPHIA YEARLY MEETING.

  • Deepening Our Faith: Meeting for Worship
    • Are our meetings for worship held in stilled, expectant waiting upon God?
    • As we worship in the living silence, are we drawn together by the power of God in our midst? Do we experience a deep reverence for the integrity of creation?
    • How does our worship nurture all worshipers, creating a deeper sense of community?
    • How does our meeting encourage vocal ministry that spiritually nurtures the worshiping community?
    • Do I faithfully attend meeting with heart and mind prepared for worship, clear of any predetermination to speak or not to speak, expecting that worship will be a source of strength and guidance?
    • Does worship deepen my relationship with God, increase my faithfulness and refresh and renew my daily life, both inwardly and in my relationships with other persons and with all of creation?
    • Does worship enhance my capacity for attentive, non-judgmental listening to others?
    • How does participation in meeting for worship contribute to my life-long spiritual journey?
  • Deepening Our Faith: Meeting for Business
    • Is our meeting for business held in worship in which we seek divine guidance?
    • How do we sustain prayerful consideration of all aspects of an issue and address difficult problems with a search for truth that is unhurried by the pressures of time?
    • Do we recognize that we speak through our inaction as well as our action?
    • Do I regularly attend meeting for business? If unable to attend, how do I fulfill the responsibility to understand and embrace the decisions made?
    • How do I affirm and support God’s presence in the process of discernment and reaching a decision?
    • Do I remain open to personal transformation as the community arrives at the sense of the meeting?
  • Deepening Our Faith: Spiritual Nurture
    • How does the meeting encourage the use of spiritual practices that deepen our faith, enhance the excitement of shared religious discovery and increase the possibility of spiritual transformation?
    • What is the nature of our shared experience of the Divine and how do we nurture our collective spiritual growth and transformation?
    • In what ways do we support each other in our spiritual journeys, in our search for God’s will and in our efforts to increase understanding of humanity’s relationship to life on earth?
    • How do we recognize, develop and nurture the spiritual gifts of all in our meeting?
    • How do I incorporate into my personal and family life those daily practices that focus on continued spiritual growth, including worship, reflection and engagement with writings that nurture the soul?
    • How does my spiritual life integrate an understanding of a well-ordered relationship with the earth and deepen my reverence for the interconnectedness of all life?

Used with permission of the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting from https://www.pym.org/faith-and-practice/guidelines-and-procedures/general-queries/deepening-faith-meeting-worship/

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