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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.”

Q&A: I Don't Want To Be Jewish Anymore

Q&A: I Don't Want To Be Jewish Anymore:

An interesting advice column on a Quaker who converted to Judaism and is considering reverting: “I was raised Quaker and now that I my children are grown and my house is quiet I have found myself longing to return to worship with them. I feel guilty about this, but also excited.”

Steven Davison: Are we ready for the Quaker-pocalyse?

Steven Davison: Are we ready for the Quaker-pocalyse?:

"I believe that God is deconstructing our current structures and challenging us to listen up in new ways. Our job is to open ourselves to the new world God is trying to inspire."

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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

Examining Our Consciences and Recommitting to Peace

Started by Adria Gulizia in Quaker Talk. Last reply by Laura Scattergood 1st month 13. 9 Replies

I just posted this on Facebook and wanted to share it here. I look forward to everyone's thoughts and reflections:Over the past two days, my heart has been aching for the staff of Charlie Hebdo, for the people of Paris and for the people of France.…Continue

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THE PRESENCE

Posted by Jean Yeager on 1st mo. 29, 2015 at 9:29pm 1 Comment

Plainly Speaking

Posted by Roger Vincent Jasaitis on 1st mo. 29, 2015 at 9:42am 5 Comments

Not so among us ...

Posted by Keith Saylor on 1st mo. 28, 2015 at 1:29pm 0 Comments

Grieving, part 3

Posted by Craig Dove on 1st mo. 27, 2015 at 8:09pm 1 Comment

Fear and the Quaker Process

Posted by James C Schultz on 1st mo. 26, 2015 at 10:06am 0 Comments

 
 
 

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