If we consider the spiritual message of the Society of Friends apart from its social message, we must realize that “spiritual” and “social” are as intimately related as the two sides of a door; you can’t have one without the other. However, as in the case of a door, it is possible to concentrate attention on one side or the other. We can think of the “spiritual” as primarily concerned with our relation to our God and the “social” as primarily concerned with our relation to our fellows. Each is dependent on the other. In Quaker writings the phrase “joined to the Lord” seldom appears without the corresponding phrase “and to one another.” To be joined to the Lord results in being joined to one another, and being joined to one another results in being “joined to the Lord.” The word “spiritual” has many meanings, most of them vague. This word is used here in two clearly defined senses. First, the word “spiritual” designates our relation to the Divine which is within us as well as beyond and above us; and, second, the word “spiritual” describes a religion in which the outward form is a genuine and sincere expression of the inward state.
Friends Spiritual Message - bundle of 25
From the "Quakers" series, 5"x10" format.