Primitive Christianity Revived, Again
Doug Bennett on still worship:
While gathering in stillness didn’t come easily to me as a spiritual practice, I found it more satisfying than going to a conventional worship service. Occasionally going to a Quaker meeting I would hear an unplanned message that was truly amazing: fresh, clear, energized, piercing. Those moments were not made less potent for me by the more numerous ordinary messages I also heard in Meetings.
Another installment from Steven Davison’s Quaker-pocalypse series:
Liberal social action tends to be respectful, too, if not even a bit deferential. The liberal impulse in witness and outreach seeks not to turn away a seeker who might be made uncomfortable by un-reasonable words and actions, or to seem to disrespect the people with whom we disagree. This is not radical, and I question whether it is the path to renewal.
Essay profiles Friend Susan Lee Barton’s witness for peace.
Bringing this perspective home, as some of us have looked at the actual work of Dover Meeting, we’ve seen that our committees might be regrouped into four or five larger bodies that might not have to be defined as committees. Call them ministries, working groups, teams, “minis” for “mini-meetings/ministries,” or whatever, they could be gathered around a set of concerns and have a coordinator or caretaker instead of a clerk.
Mike Farley writes about waiting:
It is hard to do nothing, even when “the signs… warn against action.” And yet sometimes to do nothing is the most faithful, the most obedient thing. We do not know always, or often, what we are to do, until we are shown the way – and it may be long days, even weeks or years, till the Way opens, even if we know where it seems to lead.
Great quote from one of the organizers:
“It’s not about fracking and it’s not about natural gas, it’s about climate change — our inability to have a sensible reasonable regional, state and national policy that deals with these issues. The pipeline is a symptom, but it’s a symptom of a larger problem that we have avoided dealing with,” O’Hara said.
Brent Bill reviews Wess’s new book:
Here’s why I think Wess’ book bears reading. It’s an articulate, accessible analysis of the current state of North American (primarily) Quakerism. He also provides a cogent portrayal of the participatory and remixing nature of early Quakerism and why it had an such an impact on culture, faith, and life.
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