Advices and Queries [Australia Yearly Meeting, 2008, 18 pages] contains pieces of wisdom as well as challenging questions on spiritual and temporal issues for us to consider. You can access a PDF of this document here: Australian Advices and Queries and and you may also purchase copies through Quaker publications.
Each week a query is published on Facebook with an accompaying picture. The queries and images are also being gathered on this page, with the most recent post at the top.
Advices and Queries No. 1 (8/18/20)
Take heed, dear Friends, to the promptings of love and truth in your hearts. Trust them as the leadings of God whose Light shows us our darkness and brings us to new life.
Advices and Queries No. 2 (8/9/20)
Bring the whole of your life under the ordering of the spirit of Christ. Are you open to the healing power of God's love? Cherish that of God within you, so that this love may grow in you and guide you. Let your worship and your daily life enrich each other. Treasure your experience of God, however it comes to you. Remember that Christianity is not a notion but a way.
Advices and Queries No. 3 (1/9/20)
Do you try to set aside times of quiet for openness to the Holy Spirit? All of us need to find a way into silence which allows us to deepen our awareness of the divine and to find the inward source of our strength. Seek to know an inward stillness, even amid the activities of daily life. Do you encourage in yourself and in others a habit of dependence on God's guidance for each day? Hold yourself and others in the Light, knowing that all are cherished by God.
Advices and Queries 4 (8/12/20)
The Religious Society of Friends is rooted in Christianity and has always found inspiration in the life and teachings of Jesus. How do you interpret your faith in the light of this heritage? How does Jesus speak to you today? Are you following Jesus' example of love in action? Are you learning from his life the reality and cost of obedience to God? How does his relationship with God challenge and inspire you?
[image description: looking up a hill, a winding path in the centre disappears behind some yellow-grey bushes. The hill has a dense understory and a sparse covering of eucalyptus trees with very white trunks. The sky is bright blue with a few fluffy clouds.]
Advices and Queries No. 5 (29/9/20)
Australian Advices & Queries 6 (4/5/21)
Advices & Queries 7 (5/1/21)
Australian Advices & Queries 8 (13/4/21)
We are in awe of the accelerating development of scientific knowledge, and mindful of both the benefits and the horrors this may bring. Let us remember that the universe shown to us by the sciences is a divine gift, and not turn away from our responsibility to consider the implications of scientific and technical discoveries.
[image description: photo shows a puddle on the edge of a road reflecting the blue sky, fluffy white clouds and green leafy trees; to the right is a paved footpath.
Advices & Queries 9 (9/2/21)
Advices & Queries 10 (15/12/20)
Australian Advices & Queries 11 (23/3/21)
Come regularly to meeting for worship even when you are angry, depressed, tired or spiritually cold. In the silence ask for and accept the prayerful support of others joined with you in worship. Try to find a spiritual wholeness which encompasses suffering as well as thankfulness and joy. Prayer, springing from a deep place in the heart, may bring healing and unity as nothing else can. Let meeting for worship nourish your whole life.
[image description: a close up of an orangey-pinky flower, with a slightly out-of-focus bee in the centre of the flower. There is a green vine in the background.]
Advices & Queries 12 (26/1/21)
Australian Advices and Queries 13 (9/3/21)
Advices and Queries No. 14 (27/10/20)
Advices and Queries No. 15 (6/10/20)
Are your meetings for church affairs held in a spirit of worship and in dependence on the guidance of God? Remember that we do not seek a majority decision nor even consensus. As we wait patiently for divine guidance our experience is that the right way will open and we shall be led into unity.
Australian Advices & Queries 16
Australian Advices & Queries 17 (8/6/21)
Do you welcome the diversity of culture, language and expressions of faith in our yearly meeting and in the world community of Friends? Seek to increase your understanding and to gain from this rich heritage and wide range of spiritual insights. Uphold your own and other yearly meetings in your prayers.
Advices & Queries 18 (10/11/20)
Advices and Queries No. 19 (13/10/20)
Do you respect that of God in everyone though it may be expressed in unfamiliar ways or be difficult to discern? Each of us has a particular experience of God and each must find the way to be true to it. When words are strange or disturbing to you, try to sense where they come from and what has nourished the lives of others. Listen patiently and seek the truth which other people's opinions may contain for you. Avoid hurtful criticism and provocative language. Do not allow the strength of your convictions to betray you into making statements or allegations that are unfair or untrue. Think it possible that you may be mistaken.
Advices and Queries No. 20 (20/10/20)
How can we make the meeting a community in which each person is accepted and nurtured, and strangers are welcome? Seek to know one another in the things which are eternal, bear the burden of each other's failings and pray for one another. As we enter with tender sympathy into the joys and sorrows of each other's lives, ready to give help and to receive it, our meeting can be a channel for God's love and forgiveness.
Advices & Queries 21 (2/2/21)
Australian Advices & Queries 22 (11/5/21)
Do you give sufficient time to sharing with others in the meeting, both newcomers and long-time members, your understanding of worship, of service, and of commitment to the Society's witness? Do you give a right proportion of your money to support Quaker work?
Australian Advices & Queries 23 (16/2/21)
Australian Advices & Queries 24 (20/4/21)
Australian Advices & Queries 25 (27/4/21)
Australian Advices & Queries 26 (25/5/21)
Australian Advices & Queries 27 (15/6/21)
Advices & Queries 28 (22/12/20)
Advices and Queries No. 29 (14/9/20)
Live adventurously. When choices arise, do you take the way that offers the fullest opportunity for the use of your gifts in the service of God and the community? Let your life speak. When decisions have to be made, are you ready to join with others in seeking clearness, asking for God's guidance and offering counsel to one another?
Advices and Queries No. 30 (25/8/20)
Every stage of our lives offers fresh opportunities. Responding to divine guidance, try to discern the right time to undertake or relinquish responsibilities without undue pride or guilt. Attend to what love requires of you, which may not be great busyness.
Australian Advices & Queries 31 (23/2/21)
Approach old age with courage and hope. As far as possible, make arrangements for your care in good time, so that an undue burden does not fall on others. Although old age may bring increasing disability and loneliness, it can also bring serenity, detachment and wisdom. Pray that in your final years you may be enabled to find new ways of receiving and reflecting God's love.
Advices and Queries 32 (1/12/20)
Advices and Queries No. 33 (4/8/20)
We are called to live 'in the virtue of that life and power that takes away the occasion of all wars'. Do you faithfully maintain our testimony that war and the preparation for war are inconsistent with the spirit of Christ? Search out whatever in your own way of lifemay contain the seeds of war. Stand firm in our testimony, even when others commit or prepare to commit acts of violence, yet always remember that they too are children of God.
Advices and Queries No. 34 (22/9/20)
Bring into God's light those emotions, attitudes and prejudices in yourself which lie at the root of destructive conflict, acknowledging your need for forgiveness and grace. In what ways are you involved in the work of reconciliation between individuals, groups and nations?
Australian Advices & Queries 35
Advices & Queries 36 (12/1/21)
Advices & Queries 37 (19/1/21)
Australian Advices & Queries 38 (18/5/21)
Australian Advices & Queries 39
Australian Advices & Queries 40 (1/6/21)
Advices & Queries 41 (24/11/20)
Advices & Queries 42. (3/11/20)
Advices & Queries 43 (29/12/20)
Australian Advices & Queries 44 (2/3/21)
Australian Advices & Queries 45 (22/6/21)
Advices & Queries 46 (17/11/20)
Advices and Queries No. 47 (11/8/20)
We live in a land of unique grandeur and beauty, harsh and majestic, but at the same time fragile. Have you discovered its wonder and mystery, and has this awareness quickened your spiritual insight and helped you to recognise that of God in everyday life? Rejoice in the splendour of God's continuing Creation.