Friends, welcome to Carolina Quaker Vocabulary 201.
Today’s new words are: “Autonomy” and “Autonomites.”
First we’ll go over the words themselves, then we’ll have some exercises.
Here are the standard definitions for “autonomy,” from the basic online dictionary:
au·ton·o·my — noun – definitions:
The right or condition of self-government, especially in a
a self-governing country or region.
Freedom from external control or influence; independence.
Synonyms: self-government, self-rule, home rule, self-determination, independence, sovereignty, freedom.
And an “autonomite” is one who conducts their religious life, in their community, on an autonomous basis, associating freely with others, following leadings of the Spirit rather than directives of human authorities.
Now for the exercises, getting familiar with the words and their meaning:
A North Carolina YM Committee clerk has given the name “Autonomy” to a new grouping of local meetings, as part of a NCYM reorganization plan. Does this name mean anything?
We will soon find out. On Saturday, January 28, at Quaker lake Camp, beginning at 10 AM there will be a gathering of Friends interested in the Autonomy grouping. Welcome the Carolina Autonomites.
Attendance at the session does not require committing to the grouping, though the convenor, Mark Farlow, hopes some meetings which have been uncertain may wish to do that.
No doubt many questions will come up. One near the top of my list is, How truly “autonomous” will these “Autonomites” be? Continue reading North Carolina YM Welcomes the “Autonomites”