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Quaker Culture: Speaking and Silence

Thomas Kelly
On Beginning (March 2016)
Quaker Culture

[In Quaker worship,] words should not break the silence, but continue it. For the Divine Life who was ministering through the medium of silence is the same Life as is now ministering through words. And when such words are truly spoken “In the Life,” then when such words cease, the uninterrupted silence and worship continue, for silence and words have been of one texture, one piece.

-- Thomas Kelly (1941)

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