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Prayer as Experience

Prayer as Experience:

Mike Farley shares a Quaker view of prayer: “This kind of prayer is not something set aside for specialists. This was the great insight of the early Quakers, that a direct encounter with God is part of normal life for ordinary people.”

When did we start to use testimonies as creeds?

When did we start to use testimonies as creeds?:

Stephanie Stuckwisch hears uncomfortable echoes in how we describe our beliefs: “embers of my meeting tell newcomers, ‘we believe in simplicity, peace, integrity, community, and peace.’ As the words pour rhythmically off the tongue, I hear echoes from the church liturgy of my childhood.”

Bummer list

Bummer list:

Steven Davison starts a list of reasons for what he sees as Quaker decline: “There’s a lot of ground to cover, and I’ve thought about it a lot, so I have a lot to say. But my thoughts are not all that well organized. Every time I choose a place to begin, it starts branching out immediately, and folding back, and connecting to other threads of thought.”

Norval Reese: Are you a Public Quaker?

Norval Reese: Are you a Public Quaker?:

"We need to open our doors, invite the world in and heartily embrace friends from all sectors of society!"

The loss of our community testimonies

The loss of our community testimonies:

Craig Barnett writes of the shift towards an individualist approach to our outward values: “Instead of a collective public witness that Quakers will not take part in lotteries or tell a lie, we now expect to interpret for ourselves the very general ‘shared values’ of Simplicity, Truth, Equality and Peace.”

Can you go a day without being sarcastic?

Can you go a day without being sarcastic?:

Roger Vincent Jasaitis explains why we might want to avoid sarcasm: “There is another part of modern speech that goes by without much notice. It is sarcasm, the use of language which on the face of a situation appear to be appropriate, but is meant to be understood as meaning the opposite of what is said, usually in a negative or destructive way. Sarcasm is ridicule.”

Quaker business meeting as a pizza

Quaker business meeting as a pizza:

Zachary Dutton explains why we should sometimes hold the onions: “Sometimes, we decide that, although the objection is important, we will, “leave it off the pizza,” as it were.”

Moses Brown School goes viral with a snow closing video

Moses Brown School goes viral with a snow closing video:

Head of school Matt Glendinning stars in a Frozen parody that’s almost reached 350,000 views. “We could make you come to school, but that would just be mean.”

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Greetings friends! from a U.K plain living, dressing & covered Christian

Started by Darcy in Quaker Talk. Last reply by Darcy 48 minutes ago. 2 Replies

Blessings to you in the name of Jesus! I am a plain living Anabaptist in the UK, fulfilling a calling and living for the Lord. I am hoping to find other believers, especially those Plain and also those who believe in the cover movement, and farmers,…Continue

Solitary Friends

Started by David Anthony in Quaker Talk. Last reply by Richard Thompson 1st month 19. 26 Replies

Hey, Friends!Does anyone else live far away from any meetings or worship groups? I live in Iceland and I can't find any other Quakers here. Sometimes I feel like starting my own outreach program to 'spread the word', but that seems a bit much for…Continue

Come Join Friends on Reddit!

Started by Mark Watson in Quaker Talk 1st month 19. 0 Replies

Come join us on Reddit--we need a more active community and presence:http://www.reddit.com/r/Quakers/Continue

The Activity of God

Started by Forrest Curo in Quaker Talk. Last reply by Keith Saylor 1st month 16. 25 Replies

We know various meanings -- perhaps none of them sounding quite right to us -- for phrases like "The Kingdom of God" or "The World of God."Could people find a better sense, at this point, in a phrase like 'The Activity of God'?Continue

 
 
 

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