Primitive Christianity Revived, Again
Hye Sung Francis is still trying to understand Quakers: “I still feel a bit isolated. The Quakerism I fell in love with, and the Quakerism I desire, seems to be a variety that is hard to find. And finding the Quaker community I need has felt impossible. Often I am confused about what Quakerism even is. I am confused on the point of meeting. I am confused on the point of worship. I am confused because I do not really understand what binds a meeting together, or what really makes our worship distinct.”
Mark Russ looks at a recent gathering on Quaker renewal: “Are we spending too much time trying to reform the beast, and too little time building counter-cultural communities outside the walls of Babylon? How can an hour on Sunday be anywhere near enough to create a gathered people strong enough to resist the seductive lure of empire?”
Steven Davison thinks we should talk about our beliefs: “I get such joy from the life of the mind. And Quaker theology in particular gives me sublime pleasure. I love reading and learning and thinking and teaching and talking about Quaker tradition and the dynamics of Quaker community life. Likewise for the Bible.”
Emerging Diana stops to appreciate what we are: “If we would simply dwell more in the now, Quakerism’s past and future would take care of themselves. (Let the dead bury the dead. Don’t worry about what you will eat and drink but look at the lilies of the field, which toil not. (Stop and look, really look, at the lilies.)) Have we heard this before?”
Craig Barnett is searching for a vocabulary: ” A shared language doesn’t imply uniformity of thought or belief. A shared spiritual vocabulary allows us to share our experiences, to support, encourage and challenge each other, and to engage in common practices and dialogues within a diverse community.”
The Picket Line blog points out two new articles: “The latest issue of Friends Journal has some articles on people who voluntarily live on a low income, for reasons that include tax resistance. “
Gil S on an increase of diversity among British Friends:
It is obvious that Quakers in Britain Yearly Meeting now have a much wider variety of spiritual experience and belief than has been the case in the past. This variety is beginning to echo the variety among Quakers worldwide, of which Friends in the UK have often remained unconscious.
Matt Hisrich looks to recover some of our early inspiration:
Friends could reclaim some of this spirit of the apocalyptic today and speak powerfully and impactfully to the broader culture. This is a world in which unheard of things are happening and traditional narratives are breaking down.
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