Profound Silence

What is Quaker Meeting like when you’re deaf? For Jane Fernandes, it is profound. And, she says, it’s a rare experience to find a group of hearing people who value silence.

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13 thoughts on “Profound Silence

  1. Wonderful! Thank you Jane! I’m so glad you found us. I never would have thought of a deaf person finding our silent worship so good. God bless you. In love and friendship, Noël. Cambridgeshire Area Meeting, UK.

  2. I LOVED this video, and was ready to share it on my facebook page for my non-Quaker friends and family members, until…… you included a fund-raiser request at the end. Although it is good to raise funds, it is so much more important to raise awareness of what it is to worship God in a Quaker Meeting. In the end, I did not post this video on fb, as I do not want to appear to be promoting fund raising rather than educating.

    1. Hi Carol!

      Thanks for watching! We loved this one too.

      About the outro: it is common practice for a YouTube channel to include a short advertisement or reminder at the end of each video. Without this support, many of these channels would not be able to continue to exist.

      That said, we know it can be distracting from the content and that’s why we put it at the end. Just as a savvy television viewer knows how to skip ads, folks who watch videos online know that if they aren’t in the mood to hear an ad, they can navigate elsewhere as the outro begins.

      Hope that helps. Thanks again for watching!

  3. Is there a version of this where all of her signing is visible? I was excited to share this video with a Deaf friend, but then not all of her interview is accessible – why?

    1. Hi Lisa! Thanks for your comment.

      Jane did not sign throughout the entirety of her interview. The only times we used the close angle of her was when she was not actively signing.

      We provide transcripts and closed captioning for every video we release. We work hard to make sure they are accurate, and we are always learning new ways to make our videos more accessible. If your friend has any additional feedback, please do pass it along! Thanks

  4. An absolutely wonderful piece, ‘Profound Silence’. It makes sense and she communicates her reasons just the way I also feel. Language is not necessary in worship and silence speaks to us all. I think this will be one of my favorites. Thank you.

  5. So pleased that Jane Fernandes found that Quakerism spoke to her, as it did for me as a Deaf person. I was 20 years old at that time and the religious experience has stayed with me as profound as it did then. There are Quakers by philosophy, and Quakers by association, Jane, and the former is a much longer and much more deep growth journey. May it continue to be as moving and profound as it is for you now.

  6. I was profoundly moved by my first viewing of Caroline’s sharing. I am a member of a very remote meeting in Albany, Weatern Australia. We have approximately 8 members and attenders. The concept that you have enabled me to have face to face contact with other Quakers around the world is just so liberating and moving. Thank you.

  7. Suggest that your Patreon page offer an open option for pledging a one-time amount. I saw a video that moved me to want to make a small donation to your project. I don’t want a subscription, I just wanted to help a little. Unless I missed it, I don’t see such an option on this page or the Patreon page.

    1. Hi Peter!

      Thanks for your message and your interest in contributing to the project. Here are 3 ways you can give a small contribution:

      1. Sign up for our patreon and put a monthly budget on the amount that you donate. Unsubscribe once you’ve hit the amount that you intended.
      2. Purchase the QuakerSpeak DVD for your meeting.
      3. Give through the Friends Journal website and earmark your contribution for QuakerSpeak.

      Thanks again for your support!

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