Sunday, 7 June 2009


I've spent all evening working on First Day (Sunday) school lessons for tomorrow, so in the spirit of simplicity (a testimony!*) I'm going to make it do double duty.

Also in the spirit of simplicity, my lesson plan for my class** this year consists of my supplying them with a printed quotes, with author if known. They then get to read them and discuss which testimony they belong to. Eventually we will paste them up, with appropriate illustrations if any can be found or made, onto a display board. This ingenious plan - if I do say so myself - combines their desire to do things with their hands with their parents desire to have some knowledge of Quakerism imparted to them.

Here's a few of the quotes I have found:

"The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak. - Hans Hoffman."

"Love doesn't just sit there like a stone; it has to made, like bread, remade all the time, made new. - Ursula K. Leguin."

"When you meet someone better than yourself, turn your thoughts to becoming his equal. When you meet someone not as good as you are, look within and examine your own self. - Confucius (K'ung Fu Tsu)"

"Use what you need. Need what you use. - sign next to a water fountain.***"

"I you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion. - Dalai Lama."

"Before you say anything you should ask yourself three questions: 'Is it true?' "Is it kind?' 'Is it necessary?' - Quaker saying"

"Believe those who are seeking the truth; doubt those who find it. - Andre Gide."

"You just need to be a flea against injustice. Enough committed fleas biting strategically can make even the biggest dog uncomfortable and transform even the biggest nation. - Marian Wright Edelman."****

"What cannot be achieved in one lifetime will happen when one lifetime is joined to another. - Harold Kushner."

*Quakers are adamant about not having any creed, to the point that it's probably a creed. We do have testimonies, which are points we can mostly all agree on, more or less, on a good day when we are feeling particularly agreeable, although there is no authoritative list of just what the testimonies are. I picked a few that seem popular: Community, Equality, Integrity, Justice, Love, Peace (the best-known one), Simplicity and Truth.

** Which sounds so grand. Two kids, generally.

***They really liked this one!

****Trick quote! Is this 'Justice' or is it 'Community'? (Actually they're almost all trick quotes that way.

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