The constructive, healing, and expressive qualities of play can be experienced through artistic ventures. This is one principle behind the Quakers in the Arts program offered for the past five years at the annual gathering of Intermountain Yearly Meeting (IMYM) at Ghost Ranch in New Mexico.
“Ashes! Ashes: We all fall down” (Ring around the Rosie, 1600s) The thing is this: I’m supposed to be a Quaker And it has nothing to do with poetry. After all, One Quaker Burned his violin In 1675 on some London hill Testifying about fleshy corruption. Meanwhile,
“Does my life reflect my values and beliefs?” This query is often on my mind, and probably yours too. As a child in Mountain View Friends Meeting (Denver), I learned the Quaker belief that there is “that of God in everyone,” sometimes called “the Light within.” The Light is our best and most holy potential, our goodness, our groundedness, our Truth.