Quakers use an unstructured form of Sunday morning worship. Before the meeting, DR and I gathered in the parlor for an informal hymn sing. I picked "Down by the Riverside." Then we moved to the meeting room and sat in waiting expectation for the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. For probably 45 minutes, we prayed and meditated. Toward the end, two Friends shared thoughts about their spiritual and psychological struggles. Finally there were introductions, announcements, and lunch. We also wrote an anti-war letter to our senator as part of a letter-writing campaign.
The body-scholar part of me couldn't help but catalog the things I noticed when you gather two dozen bodies together in one room:
clear their throats,
shift in their seats,
cross their arms,
scratch an itch,
re-cross their legs,
stare out the window (bored?),
It was the most quiet I have had in my life for a long time, and afterward there was food, conversation, and social justice. What's not to like? We're glad we didn't let the Pittsburgh Marathon tying up the streets deter us from the leaving the house.