THIS ARTICLE IS NOT MEANT IN ANY WAY TO OFFEND OR DEMEAN RELIGIOUS WORSHIP.
Meeting for Worship is that half hour on Tuesdays spent in silent reflection, when students can reflect. It embodies the Quaker spirit, and is one of the few times when students and teachers can share their thoughts with the whole middle school. However, generally it seems nobody has thoughts to share. The only people who stand and share are the teachers or students who have announcements about clubs or sports. Should Meeting for Worship still be a part of our curriculum?
Because it’s a part of Quakerism! It’s very important to the community so we can reflect and share our thoughts. Meeting for Worship is the base of our community and we cannot be a Quaker school without going to meeting. Removing Meeting would make students and teachers feel suppressed, not to mention create a hole in our schedule. Ending Meeting would render the meeting house useless, and put a huge hole in our funding and space.
Meeting is an unnecessary hole in time and resources. In the half hour of meeting, students never stand or share anything. Teachers stand up for announcements, and that’s it. The time Meeting takes could be filled with a study hall or an assembly. The time Meeting takes could be filled with a study hall or an assembly. The big issue is that we are forcing kids to go to a Quaker Meeting, even though we say we accept all religions!
Well, there you have it. Is Meeting for Worship a community-oriented reflection period, or is it a budget-sucking monster of silence and boredom? You decide.