Primitive Christianity Revived, Again
Sentiments and actions derived from the ego characterize political action, whereas sentiments and actions derived from divine love characterize spiritual action. As Quakers we are called to the…Continue
My meeting has begun the process of considering our concern over the use of drones to punish and take revenge on terrorists. I have so appreciated that our Peace and Social Action committee is…Continue
Many Quakers mistakenly assume that the modern liberal Quaker movement is not akin to the movement first began by the very earliest Quakers from the 1640’s into the 1670’s. Yet, three characteristics of these very earliest Quakers remain essential characteristics of liberal Quakers in modern times: Spiritual freedom, egalitarianism, and mysticism.
As with many spiritual movements at their beginning, Quakerism began as a free-flowing spiritual society. Highly influenced by Jesus’ own…Continue
There are four distinct structural arrangements utilized by unprogrammed Quaker meetings. Meetings tend to gravitate to one of these, or may use a hybrid structure taken from one or more of these. Here’s my assessment of them. Which structure does your meeting use, and how does it work for your community of Friends?
This is where a spiritual core Presence is not a priority at the meeting. Friends are there basically as individuals to…Continue
I tend to over-simplify things even though I do not live in a simple manner outwardly. My outward life is somewhat complex for a number of reasons that I have accepted as a tool that I am called to use for spiritual reasons. I did not reason my way to where I am; rather, I have found myself mindfully here at a place where it seems the Spirit has placed me. And the Spirit has ministered and comforted me in this place because it is not where I would choose to be if I were left to my own…Continue
The 'Holy Spirit' is sometimes referred to in the Bible as the 'Spirit of Truth'. It is apparent from biblical accounts that while on Earth some two thousand years ago, Jesus embraced a mission of bringing true reality to humankind.
Knowing he would not live forever in this world, he told all who might also embrace his mission,
“I will ask the Father to send you another Helper, the Spirit of truth, who will remain…Continue