Primitive Christianity Revived, Again
'I see more clearly now what it means to make a commitment.'
Johan Maurer on short-circuiting discernment: “False heroism demonstrates operational atheism. False heroes theoretically agree with established norms and processes in public, but behind the scenes they may be conspiring the same old way, talking with trusted allies, lining up all the ducks in a row to pre-empt the decision-making process, as if the Holy Spirit can’t be trusted to work through the larger body.”
Derek Parker says we shouldn’t look at Quaker testimonies like a rulebook: “The Testimonies may influence people in terms of what we do, or do not do, but they are not simplistically a list of rules. To reduce the Testimonies to rules, is to make them into a purity code by which we measure and pass judgment on ourselves and others. And a preoccupation with passing judgment is seldom a health practice.”
QVS volunteer Hye Sung Francis on the attraction of Friends: “It is no secret that I have been interested in Quaker history and spirituality for a few years now. How George Fox, Margaret Fell, and Robert Barclay articulated the gospel of Jesus Christ does not just resonate with me but inspires me—and the same goes with their, and other Quakers’, stories.”
A look at a long-time Quaker activist: “I asked what being a lifelong Quaker has meant to him. He explained that Quakers try to speak out for justice and peace in the world. ‘Quakers believe that all people are created by God. We’re all children of God, so we are brothers and sisters. So we have a responsibility to one another if someone is hungry or in prison or in a war zone.’”
An unofficial, personal epistle from the sixth annual gathering of Christ-centered Friends in the Northeast, which took place over Labor Day Weekend, by John Edminster
Johan Maurer demystifies open worship:
Quaker silence isn’t meant to do violence to our personality, but to train us, to disciple us, into directing our efforts to life with God rather than ourselves at the center. In fact, that’s what we’re doing when we gather—learning (however gradually, imperfectly) to live with God at the center of our lives, and encouraging each other in that adventure.
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?
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