Beginning in April of 2018 Gunpowder Friends Meeting (GFM) undertook a visioning process that includes all the major aspects of who we are as a community and who we want to be moving into the future. An ad hoc committee was formed and was charged by the Meeting with developing a process that would result in a broad shared vision that will guide us forward, strengthen our spiritual community and help determine the impact we wish to make on our surrounding world. The process is Spirit-led, inclusive, and facilitated by a resource person.
As of this writing, GFM has had two full day visioning retreats and will have a final retreat in the fall of 2019. During these retreats we have lifted up and celebrated our rich history, considered who the Meeting is, who the community is, and how the Meeting can fully minister to the needs of the community while also ministering to the needs of the Meeting.
We look forward to the completion of the first part of this work by early 2020.
Be patterns, be examples in all countries, places, islands, nations wherever you come; that your carriage and life may preach among all sorts of people, and to them; then you will come to walk cheerfully over the world, answering that of God in everyone; whereby in them you may be a blessing, and make the witness of God in them to bless you.
~ George Fox, founder of the Religious Society of Friends 1624 – 1691
Our life is love, and peace, and tenderness; and bearing one with another, and forgiving one another, and not laying accusations one against another; but praying one for another, and helping one another up with a tender hand.
~ Isaac Penington, early Friend 1616-1679