‘We have vested interests too, and can sometimes overstate a case made with the best intentions.’
It was a privilege to attend my first Meeting for Sufferings last week, as an observer for the Friend. Representatives on executive bodies for many faith groups are expected – for example in the case of the Church of England’s General Synod – to ‘legislate’ or ‘regulate’ their organisations. That is important work. But there’s something tender in the way that Friends appointed to Sufferings are also ‘entrusted with a general care of whatever may arise’.
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