WHY a new Friends Meeting?
Faith and Practice of the New England Yearly Meeting states on page 218 under Organization and Business Procedure Establishment of Meetings: “A monthly meeting may be established either upon the initiative of the quarterly meeting or by that body upon request of a group of members desiring to organize a monthly meeting. Some of the different circumstances that might lead to the establishment of a monthly meeting are outlined below.
1. If a monthly meeting considered it advisable…
2. If members of various monthly meetings desire to organize a new monthly meeting, they should bring their request before the quarterly meeting with which they wish to be associated.”
This request for a new Friends Meeting is like a seed that has sprouted forth from the old. Now is a time to celebrate this event; this new life. A seed has found it's way to fertile soil in Marstons Mills. Our group and individuals have consistently been committed to focus only on the positive, on healthy interaction and spiritual dedication. We believe in stating our truth of inclusion and love and devotion to worship. We see the goodness and light that surrounds us all.
The reason a group of Friends decided to start a new Friends Meeting was a need for a religious home that was conducive to our personal Quaker practice and our spiritual growth and seeking as Friends. We choose to believe that words/events that happened were more symptoms of an underlying condition which was the emergence of a dedication to acknowledging and seeking a wide variety of religious thought and on social issues such as white privilege and racism. If a fellow human being does not have shoes, our response is to give them shoes or help them provide for themselves rather then simply pray that someday, somehow, they have shoes. We try to make a difference, to better the existence of those around us. Making a difference; helping people, is an essence of how we define “spirit".
We also are providing a place for people unable to attend the other meetings on the Cape for one reason or another; people who come for the shared strength in silence, and the peaceful interchange of points of view. And while initially started by a small group, we have now taken on a life of our own.
We respectfully ask that we be allowed to move forward as a recognized Monthly Meeting of Sandwich Quarter in the interest of peace and spiritual well being of all Friends.
Finally, we ask that you rejoice with us as the divine presence is blessing us with a group that is thriving, that is excited by the Spirit and has brought us to this season of joy and peace.