Primitive Christianity Revived, Again
Johan Maurer deconstructs the “World Quaker Day” branding:
Confused? At least in English, it’s hard to know whether the first word ‘world’ refers to the next word or the third one. Are we celebrating ‘World Quakers’ or suggesting an international holiday? I’d like to suggest simply ‘Quaker Day’ for next time. What do you think?
Secret Quaker looks at some dynamics among Friends:
There is however a very fine line between a sense of duty and importance. Perhaps some roles in our meetings can give individuals a sense of superiority over others. When the job ends, the absence of any other identity leads them to mysteriously disappear for a time until a new role of usefulness is created.
Craig Barnett tries to define Friends:
I want to suggest that there is a living tradition of spiritual teaching and practice that makes up the Quaker Way, which is not defined by a particular social group, behavioural norms, or even values and beliefs.
In the news, a Friends School talks openly about past school abuse:
The alumnus said he’s upset the principal has not acknowledged the accusations. But he said he doesn’t regret sending his original message. ‘If you read Quaker literature, they spell ‘Truth’ in the uppercase – the implication of divinity,’ he said, ‘that it is a holy thing to continue that search for truth.’
A panel discussion at the recent Friends General Conference Gathering.
A “church-hopping” couple visit Friends
She “was surprised by how spiritually nourishing those fifteen minutes felt. I imagined myself opening a conduit directly to God” while he talks of his astonishment at learning about liberal Quakers: “I had no idea there was such a thing! Of course, the first thing that came to mind was oatmeal.”
Mubarak’s wife Nancy Nye Awad was principal of the Friends Girls School in Ramallah in the 1980s. He writes of his childhood:
“It was horrible for me. For five or six years, I never had a full stomach. I never had enough to eat. But because of my respect for my mother, I always pushed hard for nonviolence. Not only me, but my brothers, two of whom now head Christian institutions in the occupied territories.”
John Edminster on climate and human selfishness:
In a word, we’re choking on human selfishness: there are just too many people saying Me First.
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