Primitive Christianity Revived, Again
'I discovered that the history itself, of Quakers and capitalism, was not only fascinating but also virtually unknown to Friends. As I like to put it, the industrial revolution would have taken place without Quakers—but it didn’t.'
There’s an interesting thread on Reddit by a seeker interested in Friends but worried about their anger: “I was so comforted and moved by Quaker beliefs and practices. I prefer the idea of sitting in silence and ‘listening’ for faith and spirituality, or at least that’s how I interpreted Quaker worship…However, I have another problem, and it’s somewhat related to my natural lack of faith. I’ll say it right out: I am an unhappy, angry, conflicted person.”
Mike Farley on the ups and downs of a religious movement: “This is the authentic voice of experimental faith, the voice that has led Friends through the thickets of stagnation and renewal over and over again through the 350 or so years of our history. I sometimes think we need to remind ourselves repeatedly that what matters is not the survival of Quakerism as a religious movement, but the faithfulness of Friends.”
Craig Barnett thinks it’s time for another season of renewal for Quakers: “Renewal of the Society waits for the choice of each Friend: Am I willing to risk the disturbing, transfiguring presence of the Spirit in my life? To obey it? To expect ‘the Cross’ and dark days as I discover and nurture who I am before God? When we choose to live the spiritual life the Quaker Way, these are the experiences we are committing ourselves to, whatever words we put upon them.”
Greg McKeown writes in the Harvard Business Review: “Deep engagement does not begin with getting people to listen to you; it begins when you really listen to them. Powerful listening is one of the rarest executive practices today.”
Raymond J Brimble hopes for more Quaker-inspired values in our politics: “Why is “compromise” such a bad concept these days? Do we lack that much confidence in our own opinions and have such little respect for those of our friends and neighbors? Isn’t democracy defined by compromise and dictatorship the method of those who see no need for it?”
"This conviction and inspiration has led me to Quakerism, where I see that egalitarian ministry manifest week by week in meeting for worship and where I see that testimony of peace brought into action."
Mike Farley of the Silent Assemblies @mercyblog blog explains worship: “Meeting for Worship, I found myself saying, is something quite different from a group of people sitting around, each meditating by themself. It is not an excuse, either, for each to become lost in their own thoughts and fantasies.”
Hello FriendsI just read the article on here, Why We Need Some Quaker Sensibilities Right Now, by Richard Brimble from the website of Interfaith Action of Central Texas . I can see why the author values, as Quakers do, the value of listening and…Continue