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Positive, confused, or worried about World Quakers?

Positive, confused, or worried about World Quakers?:

Johan Maurer deconstructs the “World Quaker Day” branding:

Confused? At least in English, it’s hard to know whether the first word ‘world’ refers to the next word or the third one. Are we celebrating ‘World Quakers’ or suggesting an international holiday? I’d like to suggest simply ‘Quaker Day’ for next time. What do you think?

Do Quakers need more than just brief encounters?

Do Quakers need more than just brief encounters?:

Secret Quaker looks at some dynamics among Friends:

There is however a very fine line between a sense of duty and importance. Perhaps some roles in our meetings can give individuals a sense of superiority over others. When the job ends, the absence of any other identity leads them to mysteriously disappear for a time until a new role of usefulness is created.

What does it mean to be a Quaker?

What does it mean to be a Quaker?:

Craig Barnett tries to define Friends:

I want to suggest that there is a living tradition of spiritual teaching and practice that makes up the Quaker Way, which is not defined by a particular social group, behavioural norms, or even values and beliefs.

Carolina Friends School in Durham confronts reports of decades-old sexual abuse

Carolina Friends School in Durham confronts reports of decades-old sexual abuse:

In the news, a Friends School talks openly about past school abuse:

The alumnus said he’s upset the principal has not acknowledged the accusations. But he said he doesn’t regret sending his original message. ‘If you read Quaker literature, they spell ‘Truth’ in the uppercase – the implication of divinity,’ he said, ‘that it is a holy thing to continue that search for truth.’

Video: Why is everyone in my meeting over 50?

Video: Why is everyone in my meeting over 50?:

A panel discussion at the recent Friends General Conference Gathering.

Church hoppers visit Friends

Church hoppers visit Friends:

A “church-hopping” couple visit Friends

She “was surprised by how spiritually nourishing those fifteen minutes felt. I imagined myself opening a conduit directly to God” while he talks of his astonishment at learning about liberal Quakers: “I had no idea there was such a thing! Of course, the first thing that came to mind was oatmeal.”

The 'Palestinian Gandhi' Who Still Believes Non-Violence Is the Answer

The 'Palestinian Gandhi' Who Still Believes Non-Violence Is the Answer:

Mubarak’s wife Nancy Nye Awad was principal of the Friends Girls School in Ramallah in the 1980s. He writes of his childhood:

“It was horrible for me. For five or six years, I never had a full stomach. I never had enough to eat. But because of my respect for my mother, I always pushed hard for nonviolence. Not only me, but my brothers, two of whom now head Christian institutions in the occupied territories.”

Climate change and heart changes

Climate change and heart changes:

John Edminster on climate and human selfishness:

 In a word, we’re choking on human selfishness: there are just too many people saying Me First.

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CEO pay

Started by James C Schultz in Quaker Talk 9 hours ago. 0 Replies

I am posting this as a discussion topic because I don't know if this is flowing from God or just my own personal frustration.  Of course my sense of justice is probably somehow connected to my What Would Jesus Do outlook.What if we as a collective…Continue

Tags: pay, CEO, disparity, economic

Conservative but not?

Started by Anne in Quaker Talk. Last reply by Anne on 1st day (Sun). 10 Replies

My confusion with the terms is obvious. I've spent so long trying to fit with Conservatives but not taking things as far or as seriously as they.I feel the written things I've seen on being a Conservative Quaker are good and solid, I can feel like…Continue

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Pick Your Power

Started by Clem Gerdelmann in Quaker Talk 8th month 20. 0 Replies

U.S. stinks, but not pretty, in spite of its frequent fireworks displays. We sniff for the smoking gun for our bold news; fire off ammo rounds and explode infrastructure with a patented power source. Gunpowder is our God-power; our War on Terrorism…Continue

Tags: New-smell-Quakerism

The Tenderizer

Started by Clem Gerdelmann in Quaker Talk 8th month 17. 0 Replies

Have, of necessity(for dog-walking assignment), researched the Staffordshire Bull Terrier - only to find that its original breeding was for the purpose of tenderizing bulls and bears(and I don't mean in financial markets)!!!A loving creature to…Continue

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