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Quaker Journals, Past and Present

Quaker Journals, Past and Present:

On Reddit, questions about modern and classic Quaker journal keeping

“God” is no Substitute for Strategy

“God” is no Substitute for Strategy:

Micah Bales on the fine line between being organization vs Spirit-led:

This tendency against advance planning and rational thought has been so intense in the Quaker community that many old-time Quakers referred to the Devil as the Reasoner.

Dr. Sa’ed Atshan: Teaching tolerance, promoting peace

Dr. Sa’ed Atshan: Teaching tolerance, promoting peace:

The Philadelphia Gay News profiles a Friend and graduate of the Ramallah Friends School:

I didn’t have a conventional coming-of-age there because I got to go to the Ramallah School, which emphasized non-violence and social justice and the light of God in every human being. It was also very rigorous academically. It allowed me to escape from a quite-harsh reality and gave me hope and promise for a future.

Who are we ready to kick off the Quaker island?

Who are we ready to kick off the Quaker island?:

Brandon Baker has heard “they aren’t really Quakers” a few too many times:

“Oh, where do you attend meeting?” I smiled and replied that I attended a local programmed meeting of Friends down the street. She very quickly said, “Oh. Well I’m a re- … and I attend an unprogrammed Quaker meeting.” She turned a little pink and turned back to her daughter, ending the conversation. The word she managed to catch before completing it was: real. Her initial reaction was to see herself, and the Friends she associated with, as “real Quakers.” I remember being tickled by the idea that I might be, by implication, a “fake Quaker” or “false Friend” or maybe even a “poser Quaker.

Bayard Rustin in Life Magazine

Bayard Rustin in Life Magazine:

Wess Daniels looks at a 1963 profile of the organizers of the March on Washington:

In reading more about Rustin’s life, I am intrigued by the ways he as a Quaker maneuvered both a racist and homophobic society, while remaining very politically active.

Quaker Earthcare Witness launches video project

Quaker Earthcare Witness launches video project:

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.

New England Friends on Pope Francis and climate change

New England Friends on Pope Francis and climate change:

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 Quaker meeting in Philadelphia thanks Pope Francis

A Quaker meeting in Philadelphia thanks Pope Francis:

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.

Brother Francis, I Still Protest

Brother Francis, I Still Protest:

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.

Being Convinced

Being Convinced:

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.

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My Affirmation of Christian Faith

Started by William F Rushby in Quaker Talk. Last reply by Olivia yesterday. 12 Replies

Some Friends make the Christian faith out to be loaded with inhumane “freight” to which its adherents do not admit.  Some Friends regard Christian faith as an unnecessary foundation of the Quaker witness, and/or a hindrance in the testimony of the…Continue

Matthew 7.24-27

Started by Forrest Curo in Quaker Talk on 7th day (Sat). 0 Replies

Every one who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a man wise enough to build his house on rock. When the rain falls and the floods come, when the winds blow and beat upon that house, it will not fall; because it's been built on…Continue

Matthew 7.21-23

Started by Forrest Curo in Quaker Talk. Last reply by James C Schultz 10th month 7. 5 Replies

Not everyone who calls me "Lord, Lord" will enter the kingdom of Heaven, but only those who do the will of my heavenly Father. When that day comes, many will say to me, "Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, cast out devils in your name,…Continue

Matthew 7.15-20

Started by Forrest Curo in Quaker Talk. Last reply by James C Schultz 10th month 6. 30 Replies

Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thorns, or figs from thistles? So, every sound tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree…Continue


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