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How do we articulate the difference between the ideal and where we are?

How do we articulate the difference between the ideal and where we are?:
But there’s another way to solve the gap between what is and what could be, and that’s to simply change what could be. This is so much easier than changing what is, because after all, what could be is a theoretical (or in the case of Friends, a spiritual) thing. All we have to do is change the way we think about it, and—poof!—we’ve changed it! So we redefine what could be so that it feels like something that’s easier to reach.

Nakedness and prophecy on climate

Nakedness and prophecy on climate:
Those who walk on the climate pilgrimage are walking naked, stripped this time not of their clothes, but of propriety, of the armor of policy, and the pretenses of technique.

The journal "Quaker Studies" to become open access

The journal "Quaker Studies" to become open access:
Professor ‘Ben’ Pink Dandelion, Editor of Quaker Studies, said “This is a very exciting moment for the journal and for Quaker studies as a whole. The new arrangement will be of great benefit to scholars worldwide, in Quaker studies and in the wider humanities.

A Conversation About Delay

A Conversation About Delay:
“Quaker time” is not a thing. We’ve made it a thing. Discernment is not about doing things in “Quaker time,” it’s about doing things in God’s time, which is sometimes much slower than earthly time and other times faster. I don’t think early Friends, the Publishers of Truth, often wrote a pamphlet and then sat on it for six months because they weren’t completely sure about the placement of a comma.

Israel-Palestine From Both Sides of the Mirror

Israel-Palestine From Both Sides of the Mirror:
Includes views from Joyce Ajlouny, director of the Ramallah Friends School, and incoming general secretary of American Friends Service Committee.

What We Cannot Do Alone

What We Cannot Do Alone:
What follows are field notes from my experience serving at the intersection of institutional leadership and renewal in the Quaker movement. I hope this reflection might offer encouragement to your work of exploration and discovery in your own context: your local meeting, yearly meeting, other Friends institution, or in some new garden where you find yourself called to labor.

Vineyard and Friends

Vineyard and Friends:
The Vineyard holds that ministry is not the job of the paid clergy alone, but every member of Christ’s body. As John used to put it, “Everybody gets to play.” Worship is a participatory experience, as all can listen and follow the Spirit. Though silence does not often play a role in the Vineyard liturgy, the act of listening to God – waiting upon the Spirit – is vital to Vineyard’s culture of prayer.

Cultivating Gospel ministry

Cultivating Gospel ministry:
It would be natural to reach for methods from outside our tradition, e.g. techniques of leadership development, or (as some yearly meetings have) the establishment of some specific requirements for study and qualification. Such tools can be of use, of course, but not until we can get clear about how their use will truly be consonant with our understanding of ministry as a service in which the minister is prepared for that work under the guidance of the Spirit, and exercises it only as led by that same Spirit.

Spiritual Community

Spiritual Community:
What Quakers believed then, and now, is that there is something of God in every person, which makes us all equal, all concerned for each other, all members of the global community. Then, and now, we believe that means that each person is able to communicate directly with God, which means a minister or priest is not a requirement.

NFC may split by end of September

NFC may split by end of September:
Clerks at Newberg Friends in Oregon recommended a formal process for separating into two congregations in a letter emailed to the church info list on June 8.

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Are we using the word "Radical" Correctly?

Started by Sarah Kirby in Quaker Talk. Last reply by Sarah Kirby 11 hours ago. 2 Replies

My hubs and I dropped off your kids at Quaker Camp yesterday. And we kicked off our kid-free week with Quarterly Meeting.During Meeting for Worship a Friend got up and spoke for a while about things on his heart. But the thing that got stuck in my…Continue

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Great Plains Yearly Meeting expanding

Started by Steve McConnell in Epistles & News 6th month 13. 0 Replies

GREAT PLAINS YEARLY MEETING EXPANDING June 13, 2017For immediate releaseContact: LaVonna Loesch, lavonna.loesch@gmail.com, 316-680-9992    Two new Friends (Quaker) Meetings joined Great Plains Yearly…Continue

Falling Asleep In Meeting

Started by Forrest Curo in Quaker Talk. Last reply by Stephanie Stuckwisch 6th month 4. 5 Replies

Is this a common experience?Does it happen more often in some Meetings than in others?Is it significant? In what ways?Continue

Quakers: The Video Game

Started by Aaron Clark in Poetry & Arts Wall. Last reply by Ellwoodite1978 4th month 26. 13 Replies

 The award-winning Rainbow Six franchise returns, with Quakers.Summary: It's 2010. When war breaks out in South America, an elite team recruited from the Religious Society of Friends finds themselves headed for a non-violent confrontation with the…Continue

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What We Cannot Do Alone

Posted by QuakerQuaker on 6th mo. 24, 2017 at 2:54pm 0 Comments

 What follows are field notes from my experience serving at the intersection of institutional leadership and renewal in the Quaker movement. I hope this reflection might offer encouragement to your work of exploration and discovery in your own context: your local meeting, yearly meeting, other Friends institution, or in some new garden where you find yourself called to labor.

Israel-Palestine From Both Sides of the Mirror

Posted by QuakerQuaker on 6th mo. 24, 2017 at 2:53pm 0 Comments

Includes views from Joyce Ajlouny, director of the Ramallah Friends School, and incoming general secretary of American Friends Service Committee.

A Conversation About Delay

Posted by QuakerQuaker on 6th mo. 24, 2017 at 2:53pm 0 Comments

“Quaker time” is not a thing. We’ve made it a thing. Discernment is not about doing things in “Quaker time,” it’s about doing things in God’s time, which is sometimes much slower than earthly time and other times faster. I don’t think early Friends, the Publishers of Truth, often wrote a pamphlet and then sat on it for six months because they weren’t completely sure about the placement of a comma.

The journal "Quaker Studies" to become open access

Posted by QuakerQuaker on 6th mo. 24, 2017 at 2:52pm 0 Comments

Professor 'Ben' Pink Dandelion, Editor of Quaker Studies, said “This is a very exciting moment for the journal and for Quaker studies as a whole. The new arrangement will be of great benefit to scholars worldwide, in Quaker studies and in the wider humanities.

 
 
 

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