Primitive Christianity Revived, Again
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.”
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.”
"I like speaking in tongues. There are times, though, where I need to not speak in tongues and embrace silence. Silence can be a bit more challenging."
Patricia Dallmann looks at a new resource from Ohio Friends: “This book would be helpful for anyone wanting a readable introduction to or comprehensive overview of the original tenets of Quaker Christianity, and the sustaining practices that have evolved in Ohio Yearly Meeting.”
Photos of the street theater for a climate change action in NYC last week: “90+ EQATers from near and far took action today! We found PNC guilty of Climate Disruption. PNC Bank, when will you be the green bank you claim to be?”
Gil George talks about making space for raw emotions: “The Friends have had a rough history with emotionalism, and by not allowing any space for it in our meetings it comes out in unhealthy ways. When the overly emotionial revivals and charismatic movements came through, we ended up being split by them because there were some people among us who desperately needed a place to carry their raw emotions before God and their community.”
Stephanie explains that sitting still isn’t the goal of silent worship:
Being physically still is a tool to an inner stillness, which is itself a tool to an awareness of something that is otherwise blocked or hidden by the constant activity and busyness of my mind and body. If I try too hard to keep my body still that effort is in itself a distraction and defeats the purpose.
Elizabeth Edminster shares her Quaker story:
I came to admit that the True Thing I was experiencing had something to do with God that was closer and more real to me than anything anyone had ever said about God.
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