In Ryan’s post today he notes some of the “characteristics” of the emerging church.  These are the things that I have taken in one hand and held quaker “characteristics” in the other and have found incredible similarities.  This means a couple things.  a) the Spirit when renewing the church does similar things.  b) the Friends church has a vital structure that should be utilized more fully in today’s postmodern/global world. and c) we (Friends) can, if we truly listen, to the Spirit see where we can negotiate and change in order to follow its leading.