‘Silence is only one of the tools available for worship.’

What do we want when we ask for ‘a moment of silence’? An opportunity to be open, says Rhiannon Grant

‘I think it can be useful to be aware of the liturgies of Quakerism.’ | Photo: by Kristina Flour on Unsplash

My friend and colleague Maud Grainger asked me this the other day: when people in Quaker settings say things like ‘Let’s just have a moment of stillness’ or ‘We’ll start with a bit of quiet’, are they really introducing a period of Quaker worship? And from that question she drew out a deeper one: is Quaker worship really about being still or quiet, or is something else going on?

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