Worship & Ministry
Queries for the Journey
State of the Meeting Queries
The Worship & Ministry Committee
The purpose of the Worship and Ministry Committee is to enrich the spiritual life of the Monthly Meetings, Preparative Meetings, and Worship Groups that make up Southeastern Yearly Meeting. the committee encourages loving sharing and acceptance of the wide variety of direct spiritual experiences Friends have, and the many ways in which they describe the source of their faith.
The Committee also sponsors workshops at the Gathering and during the year, offers weekly ‘Queries for the Journey,’ provides queries for Spiritual State of the Meeting reports, and encourages intervisitation.
We meet in person and online at Yearly Meeting, Fall and Winter Interim Business Meetings, and online on Zoom.
Queries for the Journey
The Worship and Ministry Committee offers “Queries for the Journey,” weekly queries to help Friends center in their daily journey through quiet, contemplative reflection.
New queries will be posted monthly. You can see all “Queries for the Journey” posted to date here.
Queries are meant to be read thoughtfully in the Light without indulging in self-criticism or judgment. This practice gives us a way to help recognize the movement of the spirit within us, and follow spirit more faithfully.
Queries for the Journey – Third Month (March) 2024
In what ways do I take time for granted rather than as a gift? Are there ways in which I am or could be grateful?
How often do I bend to a secular demand of fitting more into a schedule? Am I careful to allow for whispers of Spirit in my day, or as I plan?
Who helps me come back to a spiritually grounded sense of being? Is this something I can also find on my own, or does it strengthen or clarify with assistance from another/others?
When do I feel most connected to God? Does place, activity, sound, space make a difference?
Have I had a deep fear or anger released through a spiritual experience? What was that like? If not, how open am I to Spirit working with me in this?
The fifth Sundays of a month are Intervisitation Sundays in SEYM. The Worship & Ministry committee encourages Friends to visit other Meetings or Worship Groups in your region on fifth Sundays, to bridge the geographic distance between Friends. Sharing worship, fellowship, ideas, spiritual gifts and support strengthens our SEYM community and understanding of our faith.
To visit another Meeting in person, see our Find Quakers page.
To visit virtually, please see the Online Worship page.
Spiritual State of the Meeting Queries
Spiritual State of the Meeting Reports provide us not only with news of other Meetings, but a deeper understanding and appreciation for our Yearly Meeting community. George Fox started this tradition of writing annual State of the Meeting reports. He asked those first Quaker Monthly Meetings to encourage each other by sharing their news of ‘how the Spirit has been moving among you.’
Monthly Meetings and Worship Groups are asked to write annual State of the Meeting Reports to be shared within SEYM. These provide us not only with news from other Meetings, but a deeper understanding and appreciation for our community. In the process of writing these reports, Friends have the opportunity to pause and reflect, and gather a sense of the ‘Life of the Meeting.’ In the process of writing these reports, Friends have the opportunity to pause and reflect, and gather a sense of the ‘Life of the Meeting.’ The result is truly deep and inspiring!
These Spiritual State of the Meeting Queries are offered as starting points for the writing process. It is suggested that Friends choose only four or five queries to work from.