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What Visiting The SF Friends Meeting for Worship Meant to Me

What Visiting The SF Friends Meeting for Worship Meant to Me:
Each time I go to a Friends Meeting, I am reminded of how grateful I am for the tenets, values, and spiritual compass that guide our kids’ education—and the deep roots that tie us to a broader history and community. I treasure these minutes of communal reflection and seeking each year, for myself and for my family.

Cultivating Simplicity through Detachment

Cultivating Simplicity through Detachment:
Sincerity is the key. Sincerity engenders humility. It opens us to Truth. It delivers us to the ground of our being and prepares us for the Light. When we seek Truth with our whole heart, God reveals it to us. Then we can see who we are and the way we are called to go.

Quakers to host anti-trans activists who want to abolish gender recognition law

Quakers to host anti-trans activists who want to abolish gender recognition law:
A Quaker Hall in the UK will be hosting a transphobic hate group event in spite of protestations from the trans community. Women’s Place UK, which are known to propogate discrimination against the transgender community, will be hosting an event at Manchester Quaker Meeting Hall this evening.

Unvarnished Quakerism (comments needed)

Unvarnished Quakerism (comments needed):
Our Quaker church, Eugene Friends Church, has been remodeling its Web site. We’d like to add a section of basic information about Friends, and I was asked to draft something for discussion for that purpose.

How a U.S. Quaker group that won the Nobel Peace Prize ended up on Israel's BDS blacklist

How a U.S. Quaker group that won the Nobel Peace Prize ended up on Israel's BDS blacklist:
The American Friends Service Committee was included in a list published Sunday of 20 organizations whose leaders will not be permitted to enter Israel due to their support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement. The blacklist was compiled by Israel’s Strategic Affairs Ministry and will be implemented by the Interior Ministry.

What We’ve Learned

What We’ve Learned:
I’ve often wondered what would happen if every state of the meeting report, every end-of-year committee report, every periodic answering of queries began with this question: What have you learned this year?

The Spirit-led Life

The Spirit-led Life:
In the everyday surrender of self to the leadership of the Holy Spirit (whatever that is, however it works), one has to discern the truth of such inner directing on one’s own, basically moment to moment. In the day to day life, the range for delusion is rather small and the consequences rarely very important.

On not selling our silence

On not selling our silence:
The silence of the disciple and the non-silence of the truth-telling witness have this in common: both require attentiveness. Both have the same yearning: to know truth, whatever the cost. We train our senses to “regard” our neighbors, our whole world, through the eyes of faith, just as we’re learning to regard Jesus.

Principle vs. Preference: The Speed of Quaker Decision-Making

Principle vs. Preference: The Speed of Quaker Decision-Making:
Group discernment is not the norm, nor is it obvious how it is done. You cannot learn it through osmosis. It is something that must be taught and apprenticed to. Once you learn it and once you are in a community that really embraces it as their own, it can become second-nature, but that is not where you start.

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Quakers featured in novels

Started by Chris Marcus in Quaker Talk. Last reply by Sonja Darai on 7th day (Sat). 39 Replies

Curious about fiction that features Quakers, either as main characters or minor characters.Does anyone recommend - or not recommend - any in particular?I'm in the middle of one now that somebody passed on to me because it had Quakers in it. Probably…Continue

Love Thyself as Thine Enemy

Started by Kirby Urner in Quaker Talk on 5th day (Thu). 0 Replies

Switched around this way, this Christian enjoinder makes plenty of sense.A true enemy deserves respect and admiration. The price for not accepting oneself as a worthy foe, is likely defeat.  But then there's always blaming others, or one's fate.Continue

Israel is a Great Place

Started by Kirby Urner in Quaker Talk. Last reply by Kirby Urner 1st month 11. 1 Reply

[ The exchange below ensued in my Facebook profile around the time the AFSC was blacklisted by a political faction in Israel ]Jasand Pruski [Facebook friend]: the middle east is a particularly complex region, we shouldn't presume our wisdom…Continue

Quaker Bonds: Using the World Bank’s "Pandemic Bond" Model

Started by Mike Shell in Quaker Talk 1st month 8. 0 Replies

"How do Quakers manage financial investments in a socially responsible way? How can Quakers translate faith into practice with their investments for the universal benefit of us all?"Now there is a whole new method of matching faith with practice in…Continue

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This week on QuakerQuaker, 11/25/17

Posted by QuakerQuaker on 11th mo. 25, 2017 at 4:23pm 0 Comments

Quaker discussions this week:

  • Becoming the church we dreamed of. "My fondest wish – that Northwest Yearly Meeting would remain united – did not come true. It was tempting to grieve that rupture indefinitely … and, to be honest, the grief is not going away soon. However, it is a wonderful comfort to realize that nothing so far is blocking my existing friendships and actual collaborations…"
  • New discussion started by Kirby Urner: Quakerism and Charter Schools
  • Reflection from Keith Saylor: "Founding Quakerism: “Their chief design... to reduce Religion to Allegory?”" 
  • Reflection from James C Schultz: "The Presence of God" 
  • New discussion started by Kirby Urner: Quaker Whalers 

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Twelve Years On: Primitive Christianity Revived, Again—And Still Going!

Posted by QuakerQuaker on 11th mo. 14, 2017 at 10:00pm 0 Comments

Can you believe it: the QuakerQuaker.org domain name was registered twelve years ago next month. Who would have thought that an all-volunteer side project with the quirky tagline would be continuing along? Thank you all for all the support and use over the years. Primitive Christianity Revived, Again, and Still Going?

Site update

It’s been awhile since the last update about the QuakerQuaker website. I’ve come to the conclusion that moving the main QuakerQuaker.org site over to a new social network service (WordPress) is not a good option. There’s two developments that made this an easy choice:

1) The current Ning service decided not to increase its monthly charge as it had announced. That means the various costs come out to about $50/month, which remains possible due to the generous ongoing donations I receive. 

2) No one really started using the new site. It’s always dicey to move a social networking site. It’s not something to do if you can find another option, as many of the more occasional users won’t go through the hassles. So for now, staying with Ning is the best option. 

Quick numbers:

The concept of QuakerQuaker was bubbling about in early 2005 but it was December when the name was finally registered. Some current numbers in honor of our almost-twelve year anniversary.

  • 3,389: Members on QuakerQuaker.org. 
  • 5,257: Likes and follows on Facebook
  • 3,163: Followers on Twitter
  • 143: Months since the QuakerQuaker name was registered.
  • 4,000: Web articles that have been shared (approximately)
  • 168: Quaker blogs followed every day to find new content to share.

Any donations Friends could make to the Paypal account would be very helpful for the move. You can start by going to http://bit.ly/quakergive. Other options are available on the…

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It's time to move QuakerQuaker

Posted by QuakerQuaker on 4th mo. 24, 2017 at 7:30pm 0 Comments

Everything's not quite ready, but it's time to move QuakerQuaker over to the new server. It will be powered by BuddyPress, a variation on WordPress blogging platform. It's still very much an experiment in progress, but that's fitting in with the history of QuakerQuaker. I've announced some of the changes on a blog post there:

Time to switch QuakerQuaker

When the switch happens that site will become QuakerQuaker.org and this will be temporarily Ning.com/quakerquaker until I close it down. Please send all feedback as comments on the new site. I'll be traveling on a family vacation soon and not as available on email. Having everything at one spot will help!

Also, as I say there, the Paypal account is currently about $30 short (and the vacation means I can't front any myself this month). You can use the PaypalMe account to help out. Thanks in advance.

—Martin for QuakerQuaker.

Big changes coming but need your help!

Posted by QuakerQuaker on 9th mo. 9, 2016 at 11:00pm 0 Comments

Hi QuakerQuaker readers,

The biggest changes in half a decade are coming to QuakerQuaker. The Ning.com service that powers the main website is about to increase its monthly charge by 140 percent. When I first picked Ning to host the three-year-old QuakerQuaker project in 2008, it seemed like a smart move. Ning had recently been founded by tech world rock stars with access to stratospheric-level funds. But it never quite got traction and started dialing back its ambitions in 2010. It was sold and sold again and a long-announced new version never materialized. I've been warning people against starting new projects on it for years. Its limitations have become clearer with every passing year. But it's continued to work and a healthy community has kept the content on QuakerQuaker interesting. But I don't get enough donations to cover a 140 percent increase, and even if I did it's not worth it for a service stuck in 2010. It's time to evolve!

There are many interesting things I could build with a modern web platform. Initial research and some feedback from fellow Quaker techies has me interested in BuddyPress, an expanded and social version of the ubiquitous WordPress blogging system. It has plugins available that claim to move content from existing Ning sites to BuddyPress, leaving the tantalizing possibility that eight years of the online Quaker conversation can be maintained (wow!).

I will need funds for the move. The subscriptions to do the import/export will incur costs and there will be plugins and themes to buy. I'm mentally budgeting an open-ended number of late Saturday nights. And the personal computer we have is getting old. The charge doesn't hold and keys are starting to go. It will need replacement sooner rather than later.

Any donations Friends could make to the Paypal account would be very helpful for the move. You can start by going to…

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