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Unity

Friends believe that it is possible for the human spirit to be in direct communion with the Divine. Seeking God's will together, we believe way will open and unity will emerge.


Faith and Practice


Unity and 'The sense of the meeting'

by Eric Scott, La Jolla Meeting

The principal of unity guides Friends when we make decisions as a group, which invariably is done by taking "the sense of the meeting". What this means is that everyone involved has to pretty much be on board with any collective decision.

What this means in practice is that sometimes the process takes longer than one might expect, but it also precludes the kinds of politicking and divisive coalition-buildingthat often arises when decisions are made by majority vote. It forces us to set our egos aside, to listen carefully to one another, and to keep open minds.

It also provides the basis for a great 'lightbulb' joke.