Primitive Christianity Revived, Again
A statement on the situation in the central African country signed by nine Quaker organizations, posted on the AFSC site:
We know that a path out of the crisis in Burundi is still possible and stand in support of all those who work for a peaceful and just path forward. We hope that you will join us in holding Burundi in the Light and take a moment to prayerfully consider some of the ideas that Burundian friends have told us are important.
Ashley Wilcox visits a Quaker conference in Ohio and reports back initial reflections
On Reddit, do we lean on our most well-known testimony too much?
No explanation is generally provided, because none is needed. But the Peace Testimony is a choice each Friend makes, and it is a choice we re-make every time we find ourselves in a situation where violence might seem warranted. We do not follow it simply out of tradition, but because we comprehend the moral reasoning that underlies it.
BBC News parses an important distinction for early Friends:
‘When handed a Bible to swear on, Fox opened it at the verse that read, “Swear not, neither by heaven, neither by the earth, neither by any other oath” - a rather awkward text for the book that people are supposed to swear on.’
Mary Glenn Hadley writes in Quaker Life:
You are not alone. There are many others who are or have walked this lonely road. This can be a time of growth for you. In my times of loneliness, God has taught me that I was too eager to turn to my friends when He had new things to reveal to me or new assignments He wanted me to do.
Hidden City Philadelphia profiles a “rebellious” Friends meeting:
“The Greene Street Friends School was founded in 1855 by former members of the rebellious Green Street Meeting House in Northern Liberties… The variance of Greene and Green is not a spelling error, but indirectly draws its origins from the first major schism within the Religious Society of Friends.”
From Mike Farley:
It is hard, sometimes, to find a Quaker paradigm for prayer. Advanced patterns of language to allow us to think about prayer can be found in many religious traditions, where prayer as generally practiced by Quakers is often referred to as mystical or contemplative prayer.
Daniel Silliman writes in Religion Dispatches:
Crowell took oatmeal that used to be sold out of large barrels in your general store, put it into a sealed package, slapped a picture of a Quaker on it and guaranteed it pure. Now it no longer mattered who you bought your oatmeal from, only what brand you chose… He looked at religion in the same way. There is pure religion and there is impure religion. His question was “how do you make the religion I know is pure appeal to the consuming public?”
Pilgrim52 wonders if the Quaker suit really fits:
I long for the days of what some would consider ‘too much Jesus’ because at least he would be mentioned and discussed! I follow Quaker Twitter accounts and see nothing but politics and wonder, Am I in a church or a political party? I know that some treat politics like their religion, but I have no confidence in politics to solve the world’s ills.
Rhonda Pfatzgraff-Carlson reurns to “capture eternity in motion”
You have heard that it was said, "You shall not commit adultery." But I say to you that every one who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. ============================ This is another challenging one,…Continue
I am feeling frustrated with Christian Quakers in the liberal branches (and liberal meetings, wherever they are) within the Quaker world. I say these things as a crazy liberal myself...and I believe I am actually making a complaint here that is far…Continue
That 'Kingdom' was the center of Jesus' message for his time; and many people since have puzzled about what he meant by it. I actually believe it was very much simpler than people have supposed, that it made perfectly straightforward sense to the…Continue