Charley Earp
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Charley Earp commented on Doug Bennett's blog post 'Characteristics of Quakers'
"It's a joke. Quaker parrots."
8th month 3, 2013
Charley Earp posted a video

C of C 12-8-12 Jesus Made Me a Communist

Meeting # 3,198 - Charley Earp, who says: "My subject line is a title for a book I am writing about my journey from Pentecostal preacher's kid to my current ...
2nd month 8, 2013
Charley Earp added a discussion to the group Convergent Friends
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"Emerging Christianities: Converging or Coagulating?" (External blog posting)

(Note: this is not my blog, but belongs to a long-time friend and pastor connected with Mennonites, Black Baptists, and Jesus Radicals.) I have questions as to whether the "convergence Christianity" seeking expression at these events is being oversold. I don't mean that in a negative way. I find this emerging coalition that Brian McLaren and others are guiding to be a hopeful element in contemporary Christian life in North America. But it would help this movement and promote it's ongoing…See More
10th month 8, 2012
Charley Earp posted a blog post

The Future of Quakerism

Rather than repost in its entirety, here's a short excerpt and a link:"....  in my opinion, the leading challenge to FGC is that we cannot reach unity on outreach and growth. Do we try to find new attenders deliberately? Do we work at nurturing new attenders so they become permanent members? Those two things have to happen if we want to reverse the decline in numbers."…See More
5th month 5, 2012
Charley Earp joined QuakerQuaker's group
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Carnival: First Stories aka How'd You Come to Friends?

QuakerQuaker Carnival, 6/1: This month let's share our coming-to-Friends stories.Tag in Delicious as "quaker.firststories" or post to comments below See More
6th month 18, 2011
Forrest Curo commented on Charley Earp's blog post 'Jesus Christ: A Integral Mythical Re-telling'
""And he received the gold at their hand, and fashioned it with a graving tool, and made a molten calf; and they said, "These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt!"   People can be pretty happy with their very…"
6th month 7, 2011
Charley Earp posted a blog post

Jesus Christ: A Integral Mythical Re-telling

(Note: this blog posting was originally written for the integrallife.com site, which is focused on what is known as "integral life practice" a synthesis of Eastern and Western mystical traditions. I am something of an outlier there as I am here, being a nontheist in the midst of theists. However, the threads there drew me into reflection on the story of Jesus and what…See More
6th month 7, 2011
Charley Earp joined QuakerQuaker's group
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Universalism & Other Faiths

Many liberal Friends have adopted universalism and less-Christocentric theologies. This is a place to discuss the place of non-traditional beliefs among modern Friends. Tag: universalism
2nd month 26, 2011
Stephanie Stuckwisch replied to Charley Earp's discussion 'The Vast Opportunity for Quaker Outreach to Christian Seekers' in the group Christianity
"Not sure what is happening in the midwest. Out here on the West coast, I don't think Christian Friends are asking meetings to become Christians. We understand and appreciate the diversity of meetings. In fact, the the efforts to avoid offending…"
2nd month 5, 2011
Charley Earp replied to Charley Earp's discussion 'The Vast Opportunity for Quaker Outreach to Christian Seekers' in the group Christianity
"I'm sorry that  I never responded. It has been a busy few weeks for me and I let this thread slip out of mind.   Liberal Quaker meetings do need to work on being more welcoming to Christians. However, that does not mean we all will…"
1st month 29, 2011
Stephanie Stuckwisch replied to Charley Earp's discussion 'The Vast Opportunity for Quaker Outreach to Christian Seekers' in the group Christianity
"Since joining Quakers I have always worshiped with Liberal meetings. I've had my own hurts and struggles with Christianity, coming through it with a new found commitment to my Christian roots. The final result does not easily fit into any other…"
1st month 27, 2011
Stephanie Stuckwisch replied to Charley Earp's discussion 'The Vast Opportunity for Quaker Outreach to Christian Seekers' in the group Christianity
"I suspect I'm misreading you. Are you saying that Christocentric Quakers should not expect a place at the liberal branch's table?"
1st month 17, 2011
Stephanie Stuckwisch replied to Charley Earp's discussion 'The Vast Opportunity for Quaker Outreach to Christian Seekers' in the group Christianity
"I truly believe that the Quaker vision of Christianity would fit most of these seeker. It was for me. The question is, how welcoming would most liberal Quaker meeting be?    I've been either a member or an attender at 3 liberal…"
1st month 17, 2011
Charley Earp added a discussion to the group Christianity
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The Vast Opportunity for Quaker Outreach to Christian Seekers

First a bit about my perspective. I was born into the family of a Pentecostal preacher in 1963. Pentecostalism actually borrowed a significant amount of its practice and theology from Quakers, especially the Wesleyan wing of Friends. In 1983, I was asked by my father to stop attending his church, due to my "radical" ideas. I was a newlywed, interested in pursuing ministry, and trying to redefine the faith I'd inherited. Especially influential on me were the "Jesus Movement" of the 70s and its…See More
1st month 15, 2011
Alice M Yaxley commented on Charley Earp's blog post '"Climate Gate" Gets a Re-Tread: Daily Mail Distorts'
"Scientists on the realclimate blog have responded directly about the Daily Mail article."
2nd month 16, 2010
Forrest Curo commented on Charley Earp's blog post 'Religion: The Soul of Soulless Conditions'
"I've had more time for your piece this morning... Why do people imagine that any revelation is "unchanging"? We change. Maybe the fact that for awhile (and still, for many people) "religion" is an expression of political,…"
1st month 14, 2010

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Loving Radically Across the Atheist/Theist Divide

Posted on 10th mo. 6, 2012 at 2:27pm 0 Comments

Even though I haven’t believed in a personal god since 1996 or so, I have hesitated to call myself an atheist. No doubt a good bit of that hesitation arises from my long period as a Pentecostal Christian. I have little problem using the term atheist to describe myself to other atheists. However, with Christians and other theists, I seek to use less polarizing terms, like nontheist or even agnostic. The main reason I don’t want theists to consider me to be an atheist is that as believers, my…

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The Communism of Jesus

Posted on 10th mo. 3, 2012 at 5:58pm 1 Comment

I am a Communist because it is the logical outcome of my childhood Pentecostal faith in Jesus. I am a Communist, because Jesus was a Communist.

I am not a Christian, because Jesus was not a Christian. Jesus was a Jewish rabbi who mobilized a mass movement to usher in the Kingdom of Heaven on earth, that is Communism. Communism is the logical fulfillment of the teachings of Jesus.

The story of Pentecost was at the heart of my childhood faith. As the story goes, a group of 120…

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A Hunk-a-Hunk-a Burning Love….

Posted on 8th mo. 29, 2012 at 1:17am 0 Comments

“Indeed, as the Concern was weighty, so I was not forward, lest I should be found to Run before I was sent; therefore I waited patiently to be fully satisfied in the Matter, not only a Day, or a Week, but many Months; and then as my Concern grew heavier upon me, I gave up, begging the Lord to be with me, and to give me a full Mission for so weighty a Concern. Alice Hayes, A Legacy or The Widow’s Mite.

I’ve begun to find the Quaker…

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A Radical Quaker Message for Our Time

Posted on 8th mo. 5, 2012 at 1:20am 0 Comments

So, I am convinced that we Quakers do have a radical message to recover, and it is neither the guilt-ridden Puritan message of personal salvation, nor the liberal message of quiet inclusive reformism. It’s the message of a new world order that must be born to save this planet from self-annihilation. It isn’t a message of enlightened liberals fixing the problems of the third world or zealous missionaries winning souls for a heavenly reward. The message of Jesus, Winstanley, Fox, and…

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Love's Communism

Posted on 8th mo. 2, 2012 at 5:41pm 0 Comments

I am being transformed into a Communist of Universal Love. I first glimpsed this Communism in the story of Jesus and his earliest followers. As I followed this obscure road to Love’s Communism, I was commanded by Jesus to leave the church and God above to find the real meaning of his Gospel.

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At 6:52am on 6th mo. 4, 2010, Pastor Samuel Muderhwa said…
Dear Charley

Thanks for the good works you are doing.

Samuel
 
 
 

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