Last week I had to drive from Indiana to Buffalo, NY for a family medical emergency. As I drove along the way, I passed literally millions of people who have never heard of Quakers, and who couldn’t care less about the controversies of Indiana Yearly Meeting, even if someone could explain the controversies in a coherent way.
The entire membership of Indiana Yearly Meeting, put together, wouldn’t make up a single large congregation in one of our major cities. We act as if we’re the center of the universe. The angel in the book of Revelation would probably say, “You do not realize that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind and naked.”
Speaking only for myself (not for my meeting), I have never sought to create division in our yearly meeting. I don’t think it’s the will of God for us. If we are forced to divide, I will do my best to promote reconciliation and reunion in the future.
In conversations from many different quarters, I hear few Friends who are excited about the prospect of division, and many Friends who wish we could stay together and find some way to “agree to disagree”. That’s what I’d like myself.