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Becky Ankeny on "Lord": The Keeper of the Loaf, the Distributer of the Bread of Life

Becky Ankeny on "Lord": The Keeper of the Loaf, the Distributer of the Bread of Life:

'The military mindset of Anglo-Saxons may trouble the peace-lovers among us, but we remember early Quakers participating in the Lamb’s war rather than the English Civil War. We need to be so taken up with the business of our leader that we don’t have time to kill each other over religion and politics, separately or combined.'

A conversation on religious wounding

A conversation on religious wounding:

The What Canst Thou Say newsletter is looking at ways Friends hurt one another:

To facilitate healing and moving on from ‘Religious Wounding’ among Friends, we at WCTS would to start a conversation. What have you experienced in Friends meetings? How were those situations managed? What do you suggest to heal these mostly unspoken issues in the Religious Society of Friends?

Unholy fashions among Friends?

Unholy fashions among Friends?:

Nancy Thomas visits with Conservative Friends:

Making a fashion statement is not the point. The testimony, as I understand it, is that we honor God in all we do, including how we dress. The values of simplicity and modesty apply here. I respect how these Friends choose to express this. I’ve tried to accommodate, somewhat successfully. At least, I haven’t felt judged.

After the Climate March, what?

After the Climate March, what?:

David Millar looks at next steps for religious groups working on climate issues:

This does not mean giving up your spirituality and your present leadings. Every little bit counts, including personal transformation, habits of consumption, prayer, support for members of your Meeting, multifaith groups and listening projects… You may feel your bucket is full…ecojustice is now the container, the ‘bucket’ that unites all our concerns.

A Quaker's Testimony of Integrity

A Quaker's Testimony of Integrity:

A blogger named Joy writes about the irony of following the testimony of integrity:

[Sometimes it] also means refusing to place things other than God at the center of one’s life.

The spiritual/activist divide among Friends

The spiritual/activist divide among Friends:

Lynn Fitz-Hugh on two different types of Friends:

Growing up inside Quakerism I saw that Friends I knew fell easily into categories: the social justice Friends for whom that was always what motivated them and the spiritual Friends who gave beautiful ministry but seemed never to take social action. It is unfortunate that in modern day Quakerism that which was bound inextricably in early Quakerism is so easily divided.

Energizing, Equipping and Connecting for the Work of God

Energizing, Equipping and Connecting for the Work of God:

The staff leader of the largest association of Friends looks at the challenges ahead:

Community is tough work, whether that clan consists of three people, 30 people, 30 meetings/churches or 30 yearly meetings … It is the source of some of our greatest joy and our deepest heartache. I think it is a severe mercy that will either break us apart or transform us.

The amazing absence of Quaker worship

The amazing absence of Quaker worship:

Craig Barnett on going through the Quaker motions:

It is easy to have the form of a Quaker meeting without the reality. On the surface, a group of people sitting in a circle, perhaps with someone occasionally standing up to speak, looks like Quaker worship. But an authentic meeting for worship is much more demanding than it appears; it requires the whole group of worshippers to faithfully practise the disciplines of listening and speaking.

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Collectively Distracted From The Message and the Mission at times?

Started by Laura Scattergood in Quaker Talk. Last reply by Laura Scattergood yesterday. 5 Replies

http://www.larknews.com/archives/775   A link from the Christian humor parody  news site  "The Lark",   parallel to "The Onion".   Relevant for us I think.  By the way, the site is ran by a…Continue

Friends Journal's "Love in the Belly of the Beast" & Michelle Alexander's "The New Jim Crow"

Started by Mike Shell in Quaker Talk. Last reply by David Nelson Seaman 10th month 14. 5 Replies

Friends, Laura Mangnani has a powerful piece in the September 2014 issue of Friends Journal titled "Love in the Belly of the Beast."  Michelle Alexander's book,…Continue

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Started by Clem Gerdelmann in Quaker Talk. Last reply by Keith Saylor 10th month 13. 3 Replies

How do a trinity of gas molecules, two of hydrogen and one of oxygen, under the correct condition become a new substance? The same way that an elder and overseer, along with a prophetic minister, in spiritual righteousness form the life-sustaining…Continue

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Why Most People Are Stuck in Loops?

Started by Forrest Curo in Quaker Talk. Last reply by Forrest Curo 10th month 7. 2 Replies

The reason that people "don't see x" is that they're seeing 'y'.They "just don't think" whatever it is we think they ought to be thinking; they "don't even think about" whatever aspect of things we consider most urgent, obvious, and clearly…Continue


Following Jesus: A Review

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Inward Activism—Outward Prayer

Posted by Iris Graville on 10th mo. 15, 2014 at 2:45pm 4 Comments


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