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Gil George: No Such Thing as Faithful Disagreement

Gil George: No Such Thing as Faithful Disagreement:
It has felt to me like everyone has an agenda and is unable to hear past that agenda. The sad thing to me is that these agendas match the political allegiances of the principality in which we live.

Cherice Bock on power in Quaker bodies

Cherice Bock on power in Quaker bodies:
The difficult thing about Quakers and power is that power comes from the Spirit, and we are all woefully incapable of discerning that Spirit by ourselves, but we are also woefully capable of misidentifying the Spirit together. Discerning which is which is a slow and laborious process in which we must all give up our own power in order to paradoxically receive the Spirit’s power. This requires massive amounts of trust, personal humility, and willingness to be countercultural.

Zachary Dutton on dynamic membership

Zachary Dutton on dynamic membership:
This, Friends, should be the nature of Quaker community, grounded simply in the sort of love that extends intimacy to all who enter its range of influence. When Friends worship with us for one day, one week, one month, one year, or many years, they should experience the same rhythm of celebration.  

Steven Davison on nurturing the call to vocal ministry

Steven Davison on nurturing the call to vocal ministry:
It seems to me that Friends feel the call to vocal ministry with varying degrees of self-awareness. Some know they have been called. Some find themselves speaking fairly often, perhaps even along some theme, but don’t really know what to make of it or what to do with it, and end up dealing with it in the moment as they feel led to speak.

Hye Sung Francis's reflections on Quaker revival

Hye Sung Francis's reflections on Quaker revival:
What will it take to usher in renewal into the Society of Friends? What does a revival that includes both Christian and non-Christian Friends look like? Is it possible?

The ministry of silence

The ministry of silence:
From Mike Farley: “When we settle into silence together, we settle into each others’ presence, and the Spirit links us, becomes a bright lake of being in which we rest; whose ripples join us together, and communicate to each, human or feline, our presence within that Spirit.”

When to speak in meeting?

When to speak in meeting?:
Steven Davison on the discernment for speaking in worship: If I don’t quake and I have no other clear indicator, my default position is no—no ministry. And if I do quake, I still might not speak; it depends on … what?

Philly Quakers pioneered social enterprise.

Philly Quakers pioneered social enterprise.:
Tony Abraham writes:The practice of making money while making a social impact is a business strategy largely thought to have originated on the brink of the 21st century with the rise of cleantech. But the seeds of social enterprise may have actually been sown in fertile Philadelphia soil two and half centuries ago.

Hye Sung Francis: The Grace of Liberal Friends

Hye Sung Francis: The Grace of Liberal Friends:
I long-denied that throughout Quakerism, throughout this whole Society, the impulses and convictions of the early Friends had been preserved. As this Liberal Friend spoke under the power of the Spirit, I came to realize how close-hearted and wrong I had been.

Where does vocal ministry come from?

Where does vocal ministry come from?:
From Steven Davison: Where does our vocal ministry come from? What do we think is happening when someone—when we ourselves—stand up to speak in meeting for worship?

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The Spark in those with autism

Started by Jeffrey Aaron in Quaker Talk. Last reply by Forrest Curo 1st month 5. 1 Reply

The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida.Random House 2007, translation by KA Yoshida and David Mitchell 2013Review by Jeffrey Aaron I…hope that, by reading this book, you might become a better friend of someone with autism.~Naoki Higashida Naoki…Continue

The Loss of Awe - Part II

Started by James C Schultz in Quaker Talk. Last reply by Forrest Curo 1st month 3. 8 Replies

After reading the replies to the question raised in Part I, I had a thought.  What if some of us haven't experienced a loss of awe but a loss of perception and one that unlike Vashti's is not insulting to the King but welcomed?  So the question then…Continue

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Why did God choose Israel to be slaves in Egypt?

Started by Forrest Curo in Quaker Talk. Last reply by Forrest Curo 12th month 30, 2015. 5 Replies

The Quaker movement had its initial ancestral moment -- in the state religion of a Middle Eastern monarchy -- that traced its legendary origin to a people first enslaved in Egypt, then rescued -- by God's (figurative) outstretched arm to settle in…Continue


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