Reconnecting with Community Through Quaker Meeting

Aiham Korbage grew up in a very close-knit Muslim community in Syria. “When I came to the U.S. at the age of thirteen,” he says, “it was really hard for me because not only were we separated physically from the bigger family… I felt like I got swept away by the values of hyper-individuality [and] capitalism.”

After re-appraising his life a few years ago, however, Aiham began attending a Quaker meeting in Boston. Sitting in silence, waiting for that of God in everyone, he’s rediscovered what it feels like to be part of something bigger than oneself. “We can all be ministers to one another,” he reflects, “but… none of us can do it alone. We are all blessed with gifts from God—with spiritual gifts, with talents, with knowing God at all—and so we have to work together.”

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2 thoughts on “Reconnecting with Community Through Quaker Meeting

  1. This is marvelous. Such a kaleidoscopic synthesis. This resonates with me with a background of having attended a nearby Quaker college and in practicing in the medical profession. Aiham’s found bridge of re-connection to his roots through the Quakers speaks to the on – going emerging universal trend I sense.
    Thank you Aiham Korbage for sharing this journey.
    I also appreciate his comments on the hyper-individuality of Western culture. I am finding a marvelous reorientation of basic values in the book The Beatitudes of Peace: Meditations on The Beatitudes, Peacemaking, and the Spiritual Life, by John Dear, 2016. In one chapter he presents a startling discussion of what he calls the “anti-Beatitudes” which are too prevalent in today’s culture and too close for comfort. He then goes on to resolve this in the context of his tradition. He reminds us that a third religious tradition values the Beatitudes, as exemplified by Gandhi who read them daily for 40 years.

  2. Very well put. We hunger for that fellowship and wish there were a meeting some where nearby and would welcome input from others

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