-- Thomas Kelly
For a presentation last week, I made a list of suggestions for including Quaker practices and testimonies within secular organizations. Please forgive the Quaker jargon (here's a glossary that talks about testimonies and "sense of the meeting.")
Drawing on Quaker practices and testimonies within secular organizations:
- Say “yes” and “no” to what you are able to do in the organization from a clear center, not taking on more or less than you are called to.
- Notice who is most on the margins of the organization, listen to their stories and perspectives, and incorporate those perspectives in decision-making.
- Describe the organizational culture and climate as you experience it. Ask others how they experience it.
- Hold the organization and the people in it in the Light.
- Build trusting relationships and a caring community, which makes collective discernment more possible.
- Withdraw your support and cooperation from harmful patterns in the organization. *See some discussion about this one in the comments.
How would you add to, change, or expand on the suggestions?