It was the most beautiful day to arrive in Schüpfheim. Or as the Swiss would say: It was a weather like on a postcard. Brilliant sunshine and deep blue sky over a snow-covered landscape. I fully understand all the families that got the skis out of their basements or attics to make a few runs down a hill!
Once at the former monastery, one of the first sights was the reflection of the stained glass windows on the wall of the refectory. Open arms and a welcoming atmosphere. Continue reading “Ankunft – Arrival #3”→
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Now it is official, I have been accepted into membership of the Religious Society of Friends. I would like to share a quote from the report of the clearness committee that helped me discern whether becoming a Quaker is the right step for me and the Victoria Friends Meeting at this time:
…His readings, experience and deep reflections about his spiritual journey and its congruence with his life of service led him to apply for membership after some email exchanges and conversations with VFM members.
Our clearness committee enjoyed a lively visit with Othmar. He exhibits a remarkable mix of delightful enthusiasm and direct, serious, and practical commitment to humane principals. He also has deeply realistic expectations about his service without cynicism or romanticism. We appreciated his good natured story-telling which was appropriately serious without solemnity. We feel that he is committed to spiritual openings compatible with our understanding of Quaker faith and practice. He seeks to deepen his spiritual life with support from Quakers and in particular our Victoria Meeting…
…We recommend his acceptance into membership with joy and the conviction that our conjoined spiritual lives of worship and service will benefit.