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Sitting still – or not

Sitting still – or not:

Stephanie explains that sitting still isn’t the goal of silent worship:

Being physically still is a tool to an inner stillness, which is itself a tool to an awareness of something that is otherwise blocked or hidden by the constant activity and busyness of my mind and body. If I try too hard to keep my body still that effort is in itself a distraction and defeats the purpose.

Steps on the path

Steps on the path:

Elizabeth Edminster shares her Quaker story:

I came to admit that the True Thing I was experiencing had something to do with God that was closer and more real to me than anything anyone had ever said about God.

Videos: Quakers at the People's Climate March

Videos: Quakers at the People's Climate March:

Uploaded videos from the recent march in New York City.

Repentance and Remission of Sins

Repentance and Remission of Sins:

John Edminster shares some Quaker beliefs:

Jesus left his followers with a commission to preach, that is, to announce the availability of, a changed state of mind (metanoia or “repentance”) that would allow one to know oneself to be sinless: in other words, that one’s previously acknowledged sins had been dismissed, forgiven, and declared null and void.

Held in the Light

Held in the Light:

As a person from a Charismatic background, Hye Sung Francis shares about his experience of wordless prayer among Friends:

Throughout the day I come before God holding people in the Light, placing them in God’s hands, believing that Love will have her way.

Embracing our enormous power

Embracing our enormous power:

Clark Reddy urges us to recognize our power and acknowledge the responsibility that comes with it:

Oppression is not my fault, and yet I remain responsible for the power that I have been given, even if I did not ask for it. In accordance with my sense of the Quaker testimony of integrity, I cannot know of this power that I have and of the suffering in the world and do nothing.

Keeping it face-to-face

Keeping it face-to-face:

Joshua Brown on the human connection in pastoral care:

As Friends consider new patterns of ministry for the 21st century – new forms of worship, new spiritual communities, new ways to organize – I hope that we’ll remember that direct, person-to-person care is one of the most important ministries of all.

Pastoral Authority in Unprogrammed Friends

Pastoral Authority in Unprogrammed Friends:

Ashley Wilcox looks at what happens to the duties of pastor in an unprogrammed meeting:

In my site, Atlanta Friends Meeting, there is no pastoral staff. Paul stated that the pastoral nature of Quakerism is that the community cares for itself instead of having a designated pastor or minister to provide care. Thus, every Friend has an obligation to support the community.

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The PRESENCE

Started by James C Schultz in Quaker Talk. Last reply by Robben Wainer yesterday. 16 Replies

Back in February I started planting hot peppers from seed.  I believe I started with 17 varieties of vegetables, most of them peppers.  We have been harvesting the peppers since July and have found that everyone in the house can handle a different…Continue

Fanaticism

Started by Clem Gerdelmann in Quaker Talk. Last reply by James C Schultz yesterday. 13 Replies

Just as the opposite of love is indifference, not hate; so the opposite of openness to divine guidance is religious fanaticism. Robert A. Johnson, a Jungian analyst, writes in "Owning Your Own Shadow": Fanaticism always indicates unconscious…Continue

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Uncomfortable Silence

Started by Clem Gerdelmann in Quaker Talk. Last reply by Clem Gerdelmann 9th month 16. 9 Replies

1870's "Mission Meetings"(referenced in 1993 James Backhouse Lecture, "Living The Way: Quaker Spirituality And Community") were to Quaker Outreach as today's Mission Statements are to Branding.Somehow, silence is both needed for deep connection to…Continue

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Quaker Scissorhands

Started by Clem Gerdelmann in Quaker Talk. Last reply by Forrest Curo 9th month 15. 6 Replies

To quote Samuel D. Caldwell in "The Inward Light": In effect, it(pseudo-universalism) denies all religions by affirming all equally and embracing none.Continue

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