(The views and opinions expressed in this blog are those of the apprentice authors, and not official statements of North Carolina Yearly Meeting (Conservative) or Iowa Yearly Meeting (Conservative) of the Religious Society of Friends.)
When we (Deborah and Lloyd Lee) began to explore this new leading to join each other in a public teaching ministry, one of the first things we realized was just how broken we are: most visibly in our physical bodies, but also in many other ways. That was a humbling realization, but we also remembered II Corinthians 4:7-9:
We have this treasure in earthenware jars so that it may be made clear that this extraordinary power belongs to God and does not come from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.
So we applied the image of broken vessels to ourselves as we learn how to share the treasures we have encountered over many decades apprenticed to the Quaker faith tradition.
We also see ourselves as apprentices, and see Quakerism as a tradition best learned through a long apprenticeship of personal experience and wrestling alongside other dedicated apprentices. The Deeper Roots program is our first effort as Broken Vessels Quaker Ministries to draw together a small group of other apprentices to dig deeper foundations for our Quaker faith and practice. This blog will be a place to reflect on some of that shared experience and to reflect on related matters with a larger audience, beyond the group that is physically engaged with the program.