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MK Quakers Winter Retreat:
Interpreted by Love
A big thank you goes to elders Maggie, Helen, Ann, Michael and Sue S for planning and hosting this year’s winter retreat, which was held both in the Meeting House and online. The theme “Interpreted by Love” was taken from the popular hymn by John Greenleaf Whittier (1807-1892) Dear Lord and Father of Mankind – often known as the Quaker hymn because its author was a 19th century American Quaker poet (and leading anti-slavery campaigner).
“O Sabbath rest by Galilee!
O calm of hills above,
Where Jesus knelt to share with Thee
The silence of eternity
Interpreted by love!”
With guidance from Maggie and Helen over the course of the weekend, we explored the depth and richness of Whittier’s words together through worship, poetry, meditation, reflection, and writing. A handful of us braved the elements to take a decidedly wintry but exhilarating silent walk after lunch on Saturday to Peace Pagoda Park. In a world of deadlines and responsibilities, we reflected on how Love – love for one another, love of life, love for the planet – can become the guiding principle in our lives, if we so choose. The Meeting House was imbued with an all-encompassing serenity and atmosphere of deep learning. What a beautiful and powerful, shared experience.
For more about the retreat, please look out for the next edition of Meeting Points due out in the new year.
3 December 2021 CM