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Changing the time and/or day of weekly worship.

Started 2nd month 9 0 Replies

Winnipeg Monthly Meeting (which I am part of) has grown in attendance from less than 10 to closer to 30 over the past few years. A delight to be sure. But our current rented space, which we love, is…Continue

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Glenn Morison commented on Glenn Morison's blog post 'If the mountain won't come to Mohammed, then Mohammed will come to the mountain'
"Forrest, exactly! Thanks."
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Forrest Curo commented on Glenn Morison's blog post 'If the mountain won't come to Mohammed, then Mohammed will come to the mountain'
"~"If your way of seeing things leads you to do wrong, get rid of it! If your methods for doing things are doing harm, stop it!" Aramaic, like ancient Hebrew, was a relatively pure language -- based a few concrete root words conceptionally…"
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Glenn Morison posted a blog post

If the mountain won't come to Mohammed, then Mohammed will come to the mountain

Although attributed to Mohammed, the Prophet of Islam, by Francis Bacon in a brief essay entitled On Boldness in 1625; the actual phrase can’t be traced directly to Mohammed. Bacon suggests that Mohammed said these words after being unsuccessful in performing the miracle of beckoning a hill to come to him, showed wisdom with…See More
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William F Rushby commented on Glenn Morison's blog post 'Lead, follow or get out of the way'
"When one observes a vehicle headed toward catastrophe, some unsolicited advice seems to be in order! The prophet Amos didn't ask the elite of the northern kingdom of Israel if they wanted advice!  He showed up there, at God's…"
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James C Schultz commented on Glenn Morison's blog post 'Lead, follow or get out of the way'
"My first thought was that unsolicited commentary didn't serve a useful purpose to those who were trying to accomplish something.  However, I paused to check if my initial reaction was warranted.  After asking the spirit for a…"
4th day (Wed)
James C Schultz commented on Glenn Morison's blog post 'Lead, follow or get out of the way'
"My first thought was that unsolicited commentary didn't serve a useful purpose to those who were trying to accomplish something.  However, I paused to check if my initial reaction was warranted.  After asking the spirit for a…"
4th day (Wed)
William F Rushby commented on Glenn Morison's blog post 'Lead, follow or get out of the way'
"Hello, James!  Please explain."
4th day (Wed)
William F Rushby commented on Glenn Morison's blog post 'Lead, follow or get out of the way'
""Lead, follow, get out of the way," but observe, analyze and comment if you are on the fringes!!"
3rd day (Tue)
Glenn Morison commented on Glenn Morison's blog post 'Lead, follow or get out of the way'
"James- agreed!"
3rd day (Tue)
James C Schultz commented on Glenn Morison's blog post 'Lead, follow or get out of the way'
"I think the following addresses the same issue: Rev 3:15  I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. Rev 3:16  So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of…"
3rd day (Tue)
Glenn Morison posted a blog post

Lead, follow or get out of the way

My father used to use a slightly enlarged version of this phrase. It is commonly attributed to General Patton and when done so. it often begins, “We herd sheep, we drive cattle, [and] we lead people.” Patton’s words also come with more personal wording, “Lead me, follow me, or get out of my way.” While I have…See More
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Glenn Morison commented on Glenn Morison's blog post 'Decisions aren't forever'
"Thank you Forrest. Excellent expansion! And your second paragraph says it all!"
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Forrest Curo commented on Glenn Morison's blog post 'Decisions aren't forever'
"In the Hebrew scriptures, "forever" doesn't seem to mean anything absolute and final, but "as long as you hold up your end of the deal." Hence we find families of priests who are supposed to be established…"
2nd month 16
Glenn Morison posted a blog post

Decisions aren't forever

This is another slogan that has some traction in the Twelve Step community. On the surface, it appears to encourage people to be open to changing their minds. As information and circumstances change, so ought decisions. Put in a positive light, this quote says, “keep an open mind.” It also echoes the wisdom of living “one…See More
2nd month 16
Sandy Mackay commented on Glenn Morison's blog post 'If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen'
"So taking on the challenge is "bearing the cross" rather than meekly accepting a bad situation is "bearing my cross". So then, if I can't stand the heat in the kitchen, I should bear my cross out of there...? I'm…"
2nd month 8
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About Me
Glenn Morison is a member of Winnipeg Monthly Meeting. Glenn was worked with people on the margins of society his entire adult life. He has spent the last ten years working as a chaplain in Corrections settings.
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What I am doing with this!

We all encounter many slogans, aphorisms, quotations and proverbs. And, working in prison chaplaincy, I have been privileged to hear great testimonies of how these words have helped people make their way through phenomenally disturbing circumstances.  For instance, I have heard the words, “you always get a second chance” continue to give life to people who have already had twenty or more chances and yet persevere when many others would have given up.

I also heard confused people utter various slogans hoping but no longer trusting they have any real worth or meaning. I have heard people excuse the most foolish mistakes by muttering the phrase “you only live once” but it appears the words are not life giving at all.  Instead, the catchphrase deflects responsibility and prevents them from learning from their mistake.

At their best, such proverbs are called to mind in a split second to provide sustenance and direction. The very same words can also be empty, rote and meaningless. They can create confusion and distraction instead of real integration, spiritual challenge and growth.

Yet other common phrases have become innocuous over time compared to their heavily freighted origins. An example is the saying “nothing is certain but death and taxes” which has nowhere near the impact of its first recorded use.

Those familiar with Quakerism would know that doctrine does not have the role that it has in other expressions of faith.  My title, A Quaker Reflects . . . acknowledges this.  I cannot speak for Quakers.  Nobody can. However, I trust that being a Quaker is one of many things that helps bring consistency to the way I approach understanding conventional wisdom, in the form of common adages.  I also assume that my background in congregational and institutional ministry impacts my thoughts and decisions.  As do my many roles from father to son to brother to husband to baseball fanatic.  To be clear, when I use a phrase like “Quakers say . . .” or “Quakers ask . . .” I am not speaking for all but instead holding up a common thought within Quaker circles.[i]

My intent is not to give a pass or a fail to each of the 201 turns of phrase.  Instead, my intention is to delight, invite and provoke.  My desire is to bring the words alive and into the midst of your daily struggles. The method I use is to create a discussion between Quaker values, conventional wisdom and biblical excerpts. Where you go with that is much more important than where I begin.

While each post will look the same, a common quote and a reflection followed by a bible verse and a reflection, each entry has its own genesis.  Sometimes I started with a broad concept from Quaker life and from there sprung a bible verse, which was linked to a phrase that came to mind.  Other times I thought first of a theme and searched out a quotation that then sent me running to the Bible.  Other times, my work began with a familiar verse of scripture. While I researched both historical and contemporary uses of each phrase, a lot of work never made it close to the final copy. I try to provide some context for the phrase and from there move into the juxtaposition with the chosen Bible verse. I hope the reading finds the sweet spot where elements of order and spontaneity coexist producing a healthy dialogue with each element having its own force.  The categories I provide are neither mutually exclusive nor exhaustive.[ii] My hope is that the sections help readers make connections between the quotations, the biblical verses and the Quaker advices and queries and recognize the value of doing so.

I do not offer these as systematic theology.  However, I am optimistic that the consistency of my viewpoint will be a gift.  My hope is that these reflections will speak God’s Word with life, resiliency and maturity. I offer texts, ideas and convictions that have helped me not only cope but to thrive while encountering fallen humanity and fractured social systems which, in turn, create pain, injustice, alienation and despair on a daily basis.

I describe the life of faith as “touching pain with love.”  I offer my comments, insights and illustrations hoping they bring that joy closer to the centre of your life.


[i] You will note that all of the Quotations come from “Queries and Advices” that are provided by Yearly Meetings to Friends for reflection, stimulation and edification. From the Website of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting: “Queries are an approach that Friends use to guide self-examination, using them not as an outward set of rules but as a framework within which we assess our convictions and examine, clarify, and consider prayerfully the direction of our lives and the life of our spiritual community. Rooted in the history of Friends, the Queries reflect the Quaker way of life, reminding Friends of the ideals we seek to attain. While the text of the Queries has changed somewhat over the years, it has been marked by consistency of convictions and concerns within Friends testimonies – simplicity, peace, integrity, stewardship, equality and community – as well as by strength derived from worship, ministry and social conscience.” They are offered here as a approximation of “common Quaker thoughts.” Note that I have freely intermingled from both conservative and liberal traditions. Not all Friends would recognize this as a seamless composition.

[ii] This blog is not an atlas of sayings but rather a demonstration of a method of understanding. My description of the Quaker approach to any topic is taken directly from Quaker sources and detailed with footnotes. The individual reflections give enough reference that the original sources, where applicable and available, can be traced with little effort. 

Glenn Morison's Blog

If the mountain won't come to Mohammed, then Mohammed will come to the mountain

Posted on 2nd mo. 23, 2017 at 10:42am 2 Comments

Although attributed to Mohammed, the Prophet of Islam, by Francis Bacon in a brief essay entitled On Boldness in 1625; the actual phrase can’t be traced directly to Mohammed. Bacon suggests that Mohammed said these words after being unsuccessful in performing the miracle of beckoning a hill to…

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Lead, follow or get out of the way

Posted on 2nd mo. 20, 2017 at 11:30am 7 Comments



My father used to use a slightly enlarged version of this phrase. It is commonly attributed to General Patton and when done so. it often begins, “We herd sheep, we drive cattle, [and] we lead people.” Patton’s words also come with more personal wording, “Lead me, follow me, or get out of my…

Continue

Decisions aren't forever

Posted on 2nd mo. 16, 2017 at 11:21am 2 Comments

This is another slogan that has some traction in the Twelve Step community. On the surface, it appears to encourage people to be open to changing their minds. As information and circumstances change, so ought decisions. Put in a positive light, this quote says, “keep an open mind.” It also echoes the…

Continue

If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen

Posted on 2nd mo. 8, 2017 at 1:01pm 3 Comments

President Harry Truman, who attributed it to his friend General Harry Vaughn, popularized this phrase. It is not limited to cooking, but rather a metaphor for any situation that creates challenge or “heat.” If you are not ready to take on a challenge, there is no sense pretending. Truman intended these words…

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