Primitive Christianity Revived, Again
This “Let’s Make Quakerism Great Again” mentality says something about how we understand truth and what it means to possess it. What I have argued above points to what might be a subconscious attitude about truth: there is a discontinuity between past, present and future in regards to truth, rather than seeing it as evolutionary, in process, always changing and shifting, embedded within communities, etc.
The business meetings we walk away from thinking this is why I want to be a Quaker is when we actually remind ourselves that the only way that I can have the most complete picture of the truth is if I listen for the truth that someone else is bringing.
Ideas from ESR’s spirituality gathering are being posted.
I believe that if our understanding of truth and our ability to communicate it doesn’t change in ways that can account for the needs and tensions within our meetings, the needs and make-up of our communities, and the changing cultural and political context of our time, then the short answer will be no, Quakers are no longer publishers of truth.
How will we survive the conflicts of this generation? Will our young people or will seekers who come to us value our conflicts, or will they turn away and look somewhere else for communities of truth and love?
Women’s stories have often gone untold through lack of documentation. Any surviving personal papers – diaries, correspondence, note books – can be invaluable sources for learning more about women’s public and private lives. You will find many examples of these, from the 17th to the 20th century, in the Library’s collections, including travel journals and spiritual diaries, which, by their nature, are more likely to have been preserved for posterity.
As European Americans we are surrounded by artifacts and monuments to white history. We take these things for granted. For persons of African descent, however, finding the thread of the longer story of their history on this continent and as part of this country is a struggle. Our consultation with Avis Wanda McClinton helped us to gain a new perspective on not only the importance of this discovery but its relevance to the larger community of which we are a part. Most importantly, Avis opened our eyes to the potential for bringing people together across racial divides and creating an event, a worshipful memorial meeting in which to begin healing the distances between us. We had been together as friends at one time; let’s get together again.
I just feel that your politics should be guided by the Inner Light, not that Quakerism should be driven by your politics. If you happen to fall on the left side of the political spectrum, so be it. If it’s in the center, or on the right, so be it
Here the God with a story is jettisoned in favour of a universal mystical Power which is inherent in all people (making everyone a little bit divine). After Jones, it was possible to say (along with some reconstructed Sufis and Theosophists) that Quakerism was just part of a generic perennial wisdom.
We need to recognize exactly what we are proclaiming as a Society of Friends. In the absence of dogma or creed, the queries and advices provide a personal checklist and a community sharpener. Have we stopped “publishing the Truth,” as early Friends did so boldly? What has happened to th
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