During the course of this week, I found myself being asked on two separate occasions how I came to the Quakers. First, at spiritual formation group with Donna and Janet, and then a couple of days later, one of my husband's friends who was unfamiliar with Quakerism asked me why I started worshiping with the Quakers.
I grew up in an evangelical church that placed a strong emphasis on a dramatic conversion experience, the moment that one became "saved." Recounting the who, what, where, when, and why of this conversion was called a testimony. And, occasionally, members of the church would be called to give "their testimony." For some conversions may indeed happen like this, but the more that I think about it, the more I think that spiritual transformation, for me has been a gradual, steady thing, perhaps with the occasional dramatic burst of insight. But, I am also curious--as a new Quaker-- about the tradition of testimony and the use of the word testimony.
I think there is value in telling our individual spiritual stories, but to use the word testimony only in relation to a conversion experience is detrimentally limiting. And, as we start this blog as a group, I wanting to share and read our spiritual stories.
This week, (in a separate post) I will share my story of how I found the Quakers--which some of you already know, but I also realize that I haven't had the opportunity to hear other members' stories.
So, for those of you that would like, (and if you want an idea for what to write about on this blog), how about this?
How did you come to find your spiritual home with the Quakers?