Toronto Friends Meeting today – a beautiful, historic, big, wonderful Quaker house in downtown, just a few blocks from the home of my dear friend with whom I’ve been staying the last month.
One of Mary Dyer’s descendants was there – that always humbles me. I also went early and attended Meeting for Worship. I have never gone so deep with the performance, and I think that has everything to do with everything.
Now, sipping Alberta Premium Dark Horse Rye and watching the Grammys. Life is nothing, if not interesting.
Next week, Brighton Meeting in the UK – a very old Quaker house, with history that goes back to 1805. Brighton Quakers go way back – they have a wonderful page about their history. Anglicans attacked early Brighton Friends, which is so difficult to imagine, today. But that’s at the heart of Mary Dyer’s story – the deep conviction of the very first Quakers, and how their commitment led them to making sacrifices so profound that we cannot begin to imagine making them today.
Have we made progress?