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Dear Krista,
As a Quaker I love mystery and the search for meaning in silence. Creeds are like barriers to listening to God. How can we listen when we are always talking? Why was St Augustine so afraid of silence?
Creeds clearly define the in group and the out groups in the history of the church. The hierarchy absolutely depend on creeds to maintain its power.

I am much more likely to judge a spiritual community by what their piety leads them to do to help transform a world filled with poverty, war and terrorism (both domestic and international). Words are cheap but, as Jesus said, we shall be known by our actions.

Harold Confer