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Going Back to Germantown Meeting | Doug Bennett

Going Back to Germantown Meeting | Doug Bennett:

'I see more clearly now what it means to make a commitment.'

The danger of false heros

The danger of false heros:

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.”

Why Do Quakers Have Testimonies?

Why Do Quakers Have Testimonies?:

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.”

Romanticizing a culture but inspired nonetheless?

Romanticizing a culture but inspired nonetheless?:

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.”

Bay Area AFSC newsletter profiles activist David Hartsough

Bay Area AFSC newsletter profiles activist David Hartsough:

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.’”

Remembering from Whence We Are Fallen | among Friends

Remembering from Whence We Are Fallen | among Friends:

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

Would you last five minutes in silent worship?

Would you last five minutes in silent worship?:

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.

Positive, confused, or worried about World Quakers?

Positive, confused, or worried about World Quakers?:

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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Fanaticism

Started by Clem Gerdelmann in Quaker Talk. Last reply by James C Schultz on 3rd day (Tue). 4 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 on 3rd day (Tue). 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 on 2nd day (Mon). 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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The PRESENCE

Started by James C Schultz in Quaker Talk. Last reply by James C Schultz 9th month 11. 15 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

 
 
 

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Going Back to Germantown Meeting | Doug Bennett

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"the value of Fanaticism is pretty much the same as that of a gored ox."
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The Limitations of Communication [a short poem with a long title]

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Forrest Curo replied to Clem Gerdelmann's discussion 'Fanaticism'
"Well, sometimes people are simply 'Wrong, and proud of it!' There's certainly a…"
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"On the other hand, Clem, "Quaker fanaticism" could be an unconscious certainty of an…"
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