Virtual Meeting for Worship - togetherness while apart
Zoom - conferencing - options for meeting in social isolation
From the Advices and Queries used in Worship in the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)
Advices and Queries number 10:
Come regularly to meeting for worship even when you are angry, depressed, tired or spiritually cold. In the silence ask for and accept the prayerful support of others joined with you in worship. Try to find a spiritual wholeness which encompasses suffering as well as thankfulness and joy. Prayer, springing from a deep place in the heart, may bring healing and unity as nothing else can. Let meeting for worship nourish your whole life.
My local Quaker meeting has suspended gathering while the current coronavirus crisis continues. In a rural area many are already isolated enough and so consideration is being given to using “Zoom” for conferencing. This is something on which they are awaiting guidance from the Quaker study centre Woodbrooke.
Perhaps this is something we could engage with as a way to promote interaction between PCN members and groups? I will report further on developments here in Cornwall with regard to this virtual meeting as they happen.
Woodbrooke experience can be seen here - copy and paste url: