Alice M Yaxley
  • Coventry, England
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Starting local worship groups - especially for isolated Friends

Started this discussion. Last reply by Sheila Spatz 8th month 24, 2009. 5 Replies

Britain Yearly Meeting Gathering 2009

Started this discussion. Last reply by Alice M Yaxley 7th month 21, 2009. 1 Reply


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About Me
I'm a member of Britain Yearly Meeting. I got into the Quaker blogging network around 2005 when I published a blog, "Public Quaker", whilst I was exploring what might be a call to plain and modest dress. I've completed Woodbrooke's Equipping for Ministry course, a two year distance learning programme for any and all Friends to explore a call to any kind of ministry.

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James C Schultz commented on Alice M Yaxley's blog post 'scriptures and universalism'
"There are things in my life that I didn't like about myself that the Christian Scriptures - the Bible - have rid me of and in the course of immersing myself in the Bible the Spirit has transformed me into someone I like and feel comfortable…"
7th month 1, 2014
Rachel Rivera liked Alice M Yaxley's blog post scriptures and universalism
6th month 30, 2014
Rachel Rivera liked Alice M Yaxley's blog post What does the gospel look like?
6th month 30, 2014
Alice M Yaxley replied to Anne's discussion 'Is the suitcase full or overflowing?'
"There are so many things about living differently to consumer society that are like a huge sigh of relief for me. I am slowly getting to know there is a real alternative, and it is safe and solid ground. I have the understanding that even though I…"
5th month 11, 2014
Alice M Yaxley replied to Clem Gerdelmann's discussion 'The Thorny Issue'
"Yes, I think this is a good point. I think one of the ways we can be 'Quaker Quakers' is by bearing this in mind and encouraging each other to look for the spiritual answer to our questions."
5th month 11, 2014
Alice M Yaxley commented on Keith Saylor's blog post 'Living in and knowing the sufficency of the thing itself.'
"Aww, thanks Keith. So beautiful and helpful, bless you for posting this. "
5th month 11, 2014
Alice M Yaxley commented on Alice M Yaxley's blog post 'What does the gospel look like?'
"Olivia, I think you are right. I am fascinated by the ideas of 'Fruits of the Holy Spirit' and I think the sense of freshness, energy and renewal come from genuine connection to the Holy Spirit. The power by which we are enabled to act is…"
1st month 21, 2014
Alice M Yaxley commented on Alice M Yaxley's blog post 'What does the gospel look like?'
"Joanna, thanks for your comment and apologies for taking so long to reply, I've not been spedning much time online. I really hear what you are saying about the difficulties, ethical practical and social too. I think having folks who believe in…"
1st month 21, 2014
Alice M Yaxley commented on Alice M Yaxley's blog post 'What does the gospel look like?'
"Thanks Bill Smith, I will look those up in the Meeting library."
1st month 21, 2014
Bill Smith commented on Alice M Yaxley's blog post 'What does the gospel look like?'
"Christine Repoley and Quaker Voluntary Service are carrying out Quaker Service in 3 cities. Check them out.  Articles in last 2 Friends Journals."
1st month 18, 2014
Christopher Hatton liked Alice M Yaxley's group West Midlands Convergent (UK)
8th month 10, 2013
Alice M Yaxley replied to Martin's discussion 'Primitive Christianity Revived'
"Hi Spiny Norman. As I understand it, yes. William Penn wrote a book of that name "Primitive Christianity Revived" explaining Quaker beliefs in 1696. There's a copy online. The Quaker way as I understand it is following Jesus without…"
7th month 1, 2013
Alice M Yaxley replied to Susann's discussion 'An Oxford Story'
"Thanks so much for posting this Susann. I love your Oxford story and great to hear of this blessing you experienced. I think that is a mark of a genuine leading -- a sense of being fortified to bear our trials."
4th month 30, 2013
Alice M Yaxley commented on QuakerQuaker's blog post 'QuakerQuaker needs your support. Please donate today.'
"Any updates Martin? Are you close to covering replacement costs yet?"
1st month 31, 2013
Alice M Yaxley replied to Lesley Regan Ratcliff's discussion 'Coping with Mental Illness and Meeting for worship'
"Dear Lesley Regan Ratcliff, thanks so much for writing. I had PTSD for eight years, and now thankfully I am largely recovered. Quaker pastor Peggy Senger Parsons does work with trauma and she has had useful things to say, including how much getting…"
12th month 24, 2012
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12th month 11, 2012

Stuff I have liked to read recently...

Craig Barnett's essay on the future of Quakers in Britain deserves wide readership I think - I am so glad he has written this stuff.

Brian McLaren's presentation on the Jesus story is great. An invitation to a life lived in liberation from the world's old stories and regimes. A life of transformation -"some of us for all of us".

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God's livelihoods?

Posted on 4th mo. 14, 2012 at 1:00am 20 Comments

James C. Shultz's recent blog post 'Why I'm not on the Occupy band wagon' and the comments to it got me thinking. The blogger writes, in the comments, "Going into business for yourself is the Quaker way. " A number of the other commenters have argued that is not possible. I know my thinking about this has been influenced by the book 'Beyond Civilization' by Daniel…


What does the gospel look like?

Posted on 4th mo. 1, 2012 at 12:30pm 12 Comments

I started writing this as a comment on Micah Bales’ blog post about Occupy & Quakers, and it grew until it needs its own post. I have a vision of what living the gospel looks like in this age, which I am working towards the best I can, but I don't know if others will see it the same way. Maybe it's too obvious, or too crazy, but I have to try to write what I can…


Quaker intentional community in the UK - are you interested?

Posted on 7th mo. 5, 2010 at 3:04am 0 Comments

Community Entrance The door is open

for a




The Quaker Community in Bamford in the Peak District was set up in 1988 with two main aims:

  • to deepen our corporate spiritual experience through daily worship together, and
  • to give more effective expression…

Being trained in God's way?

Posted on 5th mo. 17, 2010 at 10:00am 2 Comments

Some thoughts about difficult times. I'm trusting that God makes good from our difficulties if we are able to stay on track with God's guidance.

Galatians Chapter 6:

4-5Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourself into that. Don't be impressed with yourself. Don't compare yourself with others. Each of you must take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your own… Continue

Earth stewardship

Posted on 5th mo. 13, 2010 at 12:15pm 3 Comments

This post at BibleMonster got me thinking. The hole he identifies in mainstream christian thinking is one I think Quakers can do well at.

... This theology has grown up inside the sin-salvation paradigm of traditional Christian thinking, in which consequences for sin are deferred to after death (for the individual) and to the endtimes, for…


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At 1:22pm on 5th mo. 3, 2012, Paula Roberts said…

Alice, a way opens! I've been in contact with a mentor who is helping me sort out my dissertation. I was able to get a leave of absence from school, so with his help I will finish this diss after all!

At 12:23pm on 4th mo. 1, 2012, Forrest Curo said…

Alice, why don't you please copy your recent comments to Micah Bales post  as a blog post of its own!

The details of actually doing what you're talking about-- will as you say look different for everybody. But the basic map & direction of travel, yes!!!

At 11:16pm on 8th mo. 22, 2011, marv ostberg said…
Alice - it is good to hear from you again after several years where I have been involved in other things.  You are still young, but less so than before, eh?  Anyway, yes, I too am aware that some tried to help each other in that horrible Ruwanda slaughter.  I also am aware that there was a background here where one of the 2 main groups had previously abused the other and this was major retaliation.   But in this case there was major help available and the United Nations stood in the way of that help.  It could have been done with very few deaths.  As it was, nearly a million were killed and many more maimed with one of the most low tech weapons around - machettes, designed for agricultural and related work.  I am not criticizing those who helped or tried to help risking their own lives.  I am criticizing those with the ability to help in a major way and either turned their backs on the problem or refused to authorize that help.  Twas the same in Cambodia where over 2 million were killed by the  Pol Pot.
At 3:06am on 7th mo. 28, 2011, Louise T said…
Hi Alice, your twitter profile reminded me of my seldom used account here! See you later
At 8:15pm on 7th mo. 21, 2011, james said…

thanks for accepting my friend request.   quaker welcome :)


At 6:18pm on 6th mo. 6, 2011, Amelia Anne Schafer-Rutherford said…
Alice I justy got back from a workshop for the people running the Children's and Young peoples program at BYMG. I met a young women who is interested in talk to people dress Quaker plain. Could I pass your name onto her?
At 9:13am on 3rd mo. 9, 2011, Phil Petty said…

Hi Alice,

Just wondering if you are planning any gatherings in or around Coventry in the near future?


At 4:17pm on 2nd mo. 28, 2011, Debrah said…

Dear Alice,

Your 'About Me" profile is exactly how I feel and didn't know how to put into words.  It is exactly why I live the way I do as well.

At 10:50am on 2nd mo. 18, 2011, Graham said…

No, not a goodbye! Just a rethink as far as internet identity go's.  It' must be a phase or something!!

Goddess & God Bless.

At 12:26pm on 1st mo. 31, 2011, Helen Gibbs said…

Hi Alice,

Small group but I think growing. I also post on the BYM forum. This place is definately a different flavour - but then being originially of Aotearoa NZ YM, I come from another flavour of tradition!




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