WHAT JOE CANST SAY

So far, CDFR (Community Development & Fund Raising) committee has been talking a lot about money. But it’s not about money, ultimately. It’s about “serving God,” or
“relying on community to help us do the right thing…”
however you want to say it. Money is a tool that helps us join with, and contribute to, something larger than ourselves.

Joe Burke gets it. After the worship-sharing on finances at November’s Meeting for Worship with attention to Business he dug into his heart, asking “How do you get someone to cross the street to find out about Quakers?”

He’s looking for converts, because that’s what he is. He writesSo [are] most of the members of our community.” He writes: “…essentially, the conversion process is mostly influenced by “attraction” towards something …. And I suspect that that “something” is less a piece of theology or dogma — and

more a feeling and a space
and a way of thinking
and seeing things a different way.
A way that “feels” better,                simpler,                 more genuine,                 righter/realer,
more consistent with the person’s beliefs about the way things are supposed to be
and a sense of being, that fits them better.
That makes more sense.
Feels better personally.
Has a comfortable tone and mood to it.
That makes the people we are trying to reach want to be part of what we have — and to be with like minded people who think and feel like they do.
These are things we get from knowing people who are practicing Quakers — and wanting what they have.
It comes from words and communications that create the space
and the mood
and the tone of relationships
that they are looking for.
It comes from witnessing people who act out of their belief systems and who do so generously and without fear…because it is simply the right thing to do.

Joe is thinking, how can we “market” Quakers? How can we let people know what a good group this is? He wrote:

So, I took a couple of hours last night and wrote some words that sort of filled the space that I was attracted to personally, back some 20 years ago…
and that pretty much replicated what I heard others who
left something else and came to Quaker meetings
have expressed as being what they wanted and were looking for.
Mostly I did it to see if it could be done. If I could create a tonal space that was attractive enough to pique interest in someone to get them to want to find out some more.

And Joe put it on his blog, as Quakers, The Oat People.

And you? Do you have some things you’d like to say about TCFM and us Friends?

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