“‘Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eyes are healthy, your whole body also is full of light. But when they are unhealthy, your body also is full of darkness. See to it, then, that the light within you is not darkness. Therefore, if your whole body is full of light, and no part of it dark, it will be just as full of light as when a lamp shines its light on you.’” Luke 11:34–36
“Experience is the Quaker’s starting-point. This light must be my light, this truth must be my truth, this faith must be my very own faith. The key that unlocks the door to the spiritual life belongs not to Peter, or some other person, as an official. It belongs to the individual soul, that finds the light, that discovers the truth, that sees the revelation of God and goes on living in the demonstration and power of it.” Rufus Jones, The Faith and Practice of the Quakers
Quaker Life is a periodical that seeks to capture a mosaic of spiritual experiences expressed by members of the FUM community. Each edition highlights a specific theme of spiritual life. Quaker Life, vol. 6 no. 4, will be focused on integrity.
Please consider sharing, with the community of Quaker Life readers, your stories about integrity. Some questions that might serve to get you started:
• How or when have you practiced integrity, or seen it practiced? Has it been the experience of a moment, or a steady current?
• In what ways has an orientation toward integrity changed how you respond to others?
• Where do you find your inward experience and outward life in agreement, or are their places where they are in conflict?
• In what ways does your Friends Meeting or Church, as a body, practice integrity?
What we are looking for in a submission is an account of your own experience with a life of integrity—personally, or within your family or work place or neighborhood, or in the life of your faith community. We are also eager to accept visual art: concrete or abstract images about simplicity, accompanied by a brief description of the piece’s meaning, or the process of creation, or both. We have no word limits for textual submissions, but, as a useful guide, most of our essays run between 175 to 1800 words. Images should be digital files between 1–10 MBs in size, in jpg, tiff, or png format. We are not able to accept handwritten submissions. If your visual images are not digitized, please send us an inquiry about submission.
To submit your work (text or image), or for more information, please email us. Also include with your submission a short biography of yourself, including the Meeting or church where you worship.
Submissions for the Quaker Life issue on integrity should reach us by January 21, 2022.
“Gentleness” is the theme for the vol. 7, no. 1 issue of Quaker Life.
Submissions on gentleness should reach us by March 21, 2022.