The Friendly FolkDancers
"Friends affirm the sacramental nature of the
whole of life when it is under the leading of the Spirit." — Philadelphia Faith & Practice, 1972
Dancing in the
Light is a source of tremendous joy and spiritual energy that begs to be
shared. The Friendly FolkDancers
carry this energy to Meetings, churches, and schools in a way that expresses
and strengthens our practice as Friends.
This practice can be seen in several areas.
and Ministry. We seek to live as
a spiritual community as we travel.
Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business is held daily. A sense of community and worship supports
and centers the other aspects of our ministry. We work toward creating a gathered Meeting throughout the
program. When the spirit leads our
dance, this often secular activity becomes sacred. By the time of the closing circle, the presence of the Spirit
is strong. The joy of dancing is also
a part of our ministry. Dancing with
another person gives us the opportunity to reach each other's light and
reflect it back. This is especially
true when the community rises to dance with us.
Building. Throughout the program
we foster an atmosphere in which everyone present feels accepted and
included. The community of dancers
and the Meeting community become one, strengthening the bonds of both groups.
• Intervisitation. Each group of Friendly FolkDancers
includes participants from several Monthly Meetings. Our visits to Meeting and churches foster
community on a wider level. They also
provide opportunities for neighboring Quaker groups to join together for
Between Wider Quaker Alliances.
Friendly FolkDancer groups seek to visit and connect Friends of all
affiliations. We try to affirm and
celebrate our common Quaker heritage, as well as to learn about each other.
• Outreach. Our program is a vehicle that local
Friends can use to inform the community of their presence and to encourage
new attenders. The Quaker Quest Game
provides newcomers with background information while emphasizing
cooperation. Conducting our program
according to Friends' principles gently demonstrates Quaker practices.
• Peace. We work toward creating a world community,
interconnecting the world's peoples through international folk dancing. Every time we dance a dance from another
culture we are performing an act of peace.