On community...

The following was read at the Rise of Meeting on September 8, 2019:

“We all need other people to invite, amplify, and help us to discern the inner teacher’s voice for at least three reasons:

* The journey toward inner truth is too taxing to be made solo; lacking support, the solitary traveler soon becomes weary or fearful and is likely to quit the road.

* The path is too deeply hidden to be traveled without company; finding our way involves clues that are subtle and sometimes misleading, requiring the kind of discernment that can happen only in dialogue.

* The destination is too daunting to be achieved alone: we need community to find the courage to venture into the alien lands to which the inner teacher may call us.”

—Parker J. Palmer, 2004