Primitive Christianity Revived, Again
Protesters at the British Museum, witnessing against BP sponsorship, settled down into worship: That act was a powerful symbol, reminding those present that day of the beliefs and traditions that had brought them to that gate, into that road. By incorporating such elements, both actions (and many others like them) had an element of a positive vision of the world, something of the peaceful future we hope and act for, rather than just being an angry “No!” shouted at something we oppose.
At least that’s what Joanna Hoyt recommends after a screen-free fast: I’ve also taken plenty of time to enjoy the real world around me—hepatica and spring beauty blooming in the woods as the snow recedes, salamanders emerging, frogs calling, steelhead spawning, woodcocks courting with spectacular aerial displays, sunrise and moonrise.
In “Young, Broken, and Beautiful,” Jocelyn Dowling reflects on brokenness as a theme and looks back at a community torn by tragedy:
Collective brokenness within Quakerism seems to be a historic theme. I experienced this brokenness in my senior year of high school, when the collective soul of BYM Young Friends experienced a great tragedy. Our former Youth Programs Coordinator, Tom Fox, made the decision to resign his position and join the Christian Peacemakers team in Iraq.
Joshua Brown writes:
Quakers are highly quotable, and Friends have always enjoyed saving and sharing these great snippets and one-liners with each other. I’m sure I have missed some of your favorites — feel free to post them in your comments.
A new Friend was surprised by the soft sell of the peace testimony:
No one sat me down to give the “peace talk”, which I half expected would be a requirement when getting involved in Quakerism. Well what would would you do to stop Hitler? What they did do, was demonstrate to me the love of Christ, and I became even more interested in the Jesus I was experiencing.
Have you checked out the QuakerQuaker homepage lately? We’ve been doing some redesigning lately: it’s more spacious, with commentary in the posts and more visuals throughout. The conversations on the site have also been unusually fruitful and there’s been a lot of great blog posts and video sharing. Learn more about the redesign and how we’re sharing more of the Quaker conversation with the world.
Franiel32 wrestles with it:
I’m not sure how to reconcile my belief in the necessity of nations resisting evil men and actions, by force if necessary, with my belief that Jesus wants us to “love our enemies” and “put away (our) swords.” But the closest I’ve come to an answer is the one that Gandhi gave in an essay on 1920
Keith Saylor talks about connecting with the spiritual message of a 17th century Friend:
It is such a blessing to know and share the inward manifestation of eternal life with the early Quakers through inward witness. The Presence within is sufficient, freedom from the outward ways.”
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