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TASQUE Discussion – How Can We Get Quiet in Meeting for Worship?

In recent Meetings for Worship, we have had trouble settling into silence.  Meeting for Worship is an important tradition that plays a big role in uniting our community, which is why TASQUE is concerned with maintaining the integrity of meeting. Considering that this concerns the community as a whole, TASQUE asks for your advice in addressing this issue. Please share your comments and suggestions, below, regarding ways we can better settle into silence at the start of meeting.



  1. Anonymous January 31, 2012

    I think this is a really tricky thing that happens every single week. As a student I feel bad that mr. Morris always has to say something to quiet us down. Maybe we could have a consequence or something if we do not finish talking? This is a problem for the whole community, therefore I think we should all suffer as a community if we fail to do this.

  2. Perry Gordon March 28, 2012

    When a person begins sharing a thought during meeting, everyone turns towards that person. It is distracting and makes a lot of noise. You do not have to see the person talking you only have to see them.

  3. F Block Quakerism (Martin) March 28, 2012

    In my opinion, this issue is very tough to solve, because there are a lot of us, and if everyone is whispering it is really loud, I think to solve it, we should have people on the walkway reminding us to stay quiet, it would make a big difference.

  4. Anonymous March 28, 2012

    We think that if more people share during meeting, then we would quiet down more so we can hear each others ideas. Also, those who share can be rewarded so we would want to share. Also instead of being punished for speaking during meeting, it might be better if we offered rewards for good behavior too. Then we would look forward to sharing and receiving a reward rather than fearing that we might get punished.
    from f block quakerism class

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