This essay concentrates on the communal and societal aspects of gospel order as the foundation of meeting – or church – community life. “Gospel” refers to the actual relationship with God. “Order” refers to the patterns of daily living which flow from God.
About the Author(s)
Sandra Lee Cronk (1942-2000) was a Quaker author, spiritual nurturer, teacher, and historian of religions. For ten years, she taught Quaker faith and thought, spiritual life studies, and religious community at Pendle Hill. She also spent time at Woodbrooke, the Friends’ study center in Birmingham, England. In 1990, she became a founding member of the School of the Spirit, a ministry of contemplative prayer and religious study under the auspices of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. She was a member of Princeton (NJ) Monthly Meeting.
Sandra Cronk graduated from Western Reserve University and received her graduate degree in History of Religions at the Divinity School of the University of Chicago. Her dissertation was completed in 1977 and published as an article in The Mennonite Quarterly Review as Old Order Amish and Old Order Mennonites: Loving Community Based on the Power of Powerlessness in 1980. Sandra Cronk also wrote Peace Be With You: A Study of the Spiritual Basis of the Friends Peace Testimony (1984?), Dark Night Journey: Inward Re-patterning Toward a Life Centered in God, and Gospel Order: A Quaker Understanding of Faithful Church Community, the latter two published by Pendle Hill in 1991.
Pendle Hill Pamphlet #297