Primitive Christianity Revived, Again
The environmental network is preparing videos in advance of December’s climate talks in Paris:
Take a three-minute video of yourself answering two simple but important questions.
A public statement from New England Friends:
It is the testimony of Quakers that we are divinely required to respond with courageous and responsible efforts to avert the most serious effects of environmental deterioration caused by human activity. At our best, we seek the deep healing of the world. As a faith community, Francis’ words confront us with the question, “Are we prepared to bear the burden of this truth?”
A letter from Chestnut Hill Meeting reads in part:
Though we worship in a different manner on the surface, we recognize and embrace a fellow traveler in the Spirit that unites us all.
AJ Mendoza’s not getting swept up in the Pope Francis lovefest:
I want to be clear that I am not “anti-Francis”, because I truly consider him a brother in Christ, and I hold the success of his continued ministry up in my prayers. However, I want to be also clear that if I ever have the chance to have a cup of coffee with Francis…there is no doubt in my mind that the first question I would have for him would be regarding the equality of women.
Iris Graville talks about finding the Quaker way:
the Quaker Way isn’t the only way. For over thirty years, though, Quakerism has been the spiritual home, or nest, that sustains and nurtures the presence of God in my life. It’s the community that keeps me grounded in the Presence within as well as outside of me that guides my actions.
The Guardian profiles a Quaker at the center of “Corbynomics”:
If I thought the semantic similarities between tax and sex were overplayed, I definitely never imagined him to bring up religion. “I’ve become a Quaker during those years [since he gave up his career in accountancy], which was quite important to me when I was looking for four words to replace Adam Smith’s maxims: and I came up with peace, equality, truth and simplicity as being the basis for a good tax system.
From the superintendent of Northwest Yearly Meeting:
I have come to think that having the YM “answer” the question “once and for all” is a way of avoiding these much more personal and painful and relationally risky confrontations between people who love each other locally. And I’m convinced that it is not healthy to avoid the hard personal conversations by citing and enforcing a denominational document.</./blockquote>
From Stuart Master:
For early Friends, the most important dimension of the experience of baptism in the Spirit was that it led to a regenerated life; one in which people found themselves brought into right relationship with God, with other people and with the whole creation. The charismatic phenomenon of Quaking was a manifestation of the work of the power of God within them but the real fruit of the process was a new life.
From Matt Hisrich:
If we are open to the idea of our faith communities adapting to better meet the needs of today, then we need to be intentional about the process. For those concerned about evolution, it can mean the loss of history and identity. For those drawn to evolution, it can mean positive progress.
J Rourke writes in Meetinghouse blog:
Because Quaker history is not over. I’m writing it now, and so are you. We’re not those Quakers, the ones touted in history as righteous counter-culture heroes. But we can be.
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