Primitive Christianity Revived, Again
Whatever you do, whichever amount of risk you choose to accept, at least consider something that [Quaker] Hartsough told me: “We all have a responsibility to listen to our own conscience, and if that lands us in jail or means economic hardship, that’s not as bad as the curse of having killed people.”
Diane reacts to Micah Bales’s “Do We Really Want Community”
We can hardly build a new community without being conscious—acutely so—of what has gone before. Even in Quaker circles, which tend to be less sexist than the wider society, the unconscious sexism we have all internalized ought to be addressed.
How do we handle (and talk about) the money in our midst?
Quakers are lousy when it comes to talking about money. We’re lousy about asking for it, lousy about handling it as a group, and worst of all, lousy about admitting we have it. In my experience, many Quakers treat money as if it were some filthy thing, and never own up to having much.
Isn’t going along with our culture’s love of money the simpler option?
Christian simplicity is challenging in this culture, not because our culture is complex but because our culture is simple. Because wealth is held as the highest good, and as the source of our salvation, it is very difficult for people to break away from the culture and trust God.
Does Paul’s letter to Corinthians still need God?
But for us, too, love does not fail. We do not need theistic faith, nor do we need hope for a new world, in order to love. Love is the ground of our identity-in-relationship.
A personal story from a Kenyan Friend
Even though I was saved and had the assurance of eternal salvation, I believed I was all alone and I felt that God hated me for being gay and that I would go to hell.
How do we know if our calls to action are spirit-led?
What gives us the sense that we already know what the work is that needs doing and are just supposed to aim straight toward doing it? These questions are not as rhetorical as they sound.
A mystical take on the simplicity of God and love.
God is love. God loves me. Two simple sentences, only three words each. When fully embraced, they are big enough to encircle our lives. What bliss! What perfection!
Leadings can start off deceptively simple:
At the beginning of a leading, everything feels easy and rightly ordered. I am afraid, of course, because I am taking on something new, but I also have a deep sense of joy. As I go on and follow that leading, things become harder.
The story of a contemporary Quaker ministry:
I felt called to stop teaching college writing classes and give all my time to teaching people how to know God more clearly and allow the Spirit to change their lives, as mine had been changed.
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I posted this on my blog (at www.Plainlyquaker.wordpress.com) this morning and then it occurred to me that it would be of interest to the Plainness and Simplicity Group here on QQ. However, I can…Continue