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Our Purpose in the world.
 
Then the righteous will answer him, "Lord when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?"
 
The King will reply, "I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me." 
Matthew 25:44-45

We recognize that loving, giving, and meeting peoples' needs is the strongest way to share our faith and the teachings of Jesus Christ.
 
We recognize that our spirituality is simply an opportunity to pour out the Love of Jesus Christ to the whole community.
 
Soul Friends is an Alternative Christianity which emphasizes the personal experience of God in one's life. Friends understand the necessity of first listening to God before working in the world. They affirm the equality of all people before God regardless of race, station in life, or sex, and this belief leads them into a range of social concerns.
 
As a Soul Friend, I work to be diverse and non-restrictive, existing, to serve the community through a full range of spiritual and support activities, including prayer, meditation, outreach, resources, education, etc.

Soul Friends, provide opportunities for people of all faiths to come together in unity, regardless of race, religion, ethnic background, gender, gender orientation, or marital status.

Soul Friends follow a spiritual dicipline inspired by the Franciscan Peace Prayer.
A way centered on a spirit of: Simplicity, Meditation/Prayer and Service.

THE FRANCISCAN PEACE PRAYER

LORD, make me an instrument of, YOUR PEACE.
Where there is hatred, LET ME SOW LOVE.
Where there is injury, PARDON.
Where there is doubt, FAITH.
Where there is despair,
HOPE.
Where there is darkness,
LIGHT,
and where there is sadness,
JOY.
O DIVINE MASTER, grant that I may
not so much seek to be consoled,
AS TO CONSOLE;
To be understood, AS TO UNDERSTAND;
To be loved, AS TO LOVE;
For it is in giving that we receive---
It is pardoning that we are pardoned;
And it is in dying that we are
BORN TO ETERNAL LIFE.

 

Ever strive to fulfill this prayer. 

Part of a song by John Michael Talbot, based on Saint Teresa's Prayer, it captures much of the essence of Francis's concept of service:

Christ has no body now but yours

No hands, no feet on earth but yours

Yours are the eyes through which he looks

Compassion on this world

Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good

Yours are the hands with which he

blesses all the world.

 

Being "Children of Light", we find recourse to violence intolerable. Friends thought is both mystical (waiting upon God) and prophetic (speaking truth to power). Friends believe that God's revelation is still continuing, that God is not absent or unknowable but that we can find God ourselves and establish a living relationship, thus being able to live in the world free from the burden of guilt and sin. It is the search for a closer relationship with God that is The Way.
 

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