Corporate Mysticism / Activism

As I wrote yesterday, this Sunday I will be leading a discussion related to the intersection of mysticism and activism.

The definition of mysticism is:

1 : the experience of mystical union or direct communication with God
2 : the belief that direct knowledge of God or of spiritual truth can be achieved through deep meditation          Merriam-Webster dictionary

Quakers are then, by definition, mystics.

When thinking about mysticism, I think most of us think in terms of individuals.

Yesterday I discussed the wide spectrum of possible intersections between mysticism and activism for an individual.


But Quaker meeting for worship is a group mystical experience.

Is it possible to think of the corporate mysticism of a Quaker meeting, and a corporate meeting activism?  From my experience, most Quaker meetings have many members who are deeply involved in the social justice work they are called to do, and are supported by the meeting in their efforts.


But I have the feeling it is much less common for the whole meeting to be working together on a specific issue or project.

This is actually the premise of the new American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) program, Quaker Social Change Ministry (QSCM), to help the meeting come together in its approach to social justice work.  North Meadow Circle of Friends participated in the pilot year of this program last year.


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