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Which Brings Inner Peace? Political Action or Spiritual Action

Started this discussion. Last reply by Kirby Urner 2nd month 9. 11 Replies

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

Tags: Inner, Peace, Spiritual, Action, Political

Beginning Peace & Social Action from a Spiritual Place

Started this discussion. Last reply by Kirby Urner 9th month 18, 2016. 4 Replies

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

Orlando & Friends: A Quaker Prophet Speaks

Started 6th month 14, 2016 0 Replies

Here's the link to this fine article by Chuck Fager:Orlando & Friends: A Quaker Prophet SpeaksContinue

A Worthwhile Read About Minding the Light

Started this discussion. Last reply by William F Rushby 6th month 11, 2016. 2 Replies

Here's the link (just click on it):A worthwhile read about minding the LightContinue

 

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Howard Brod commented on Ellis Hein's blog post 'True Christians: How Do You Know Them?'
"All these words are just "blah, blah, blah" to me, and don't justify judging any person's heart. To use such words to judge another is nothing but making words into a God, and it breaks my heart. Keith, there is beautiful…"
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Howard Brod commented on Ellis Hein's blog post 'True Christians: How Do You Know Them?'
"Keith, I don't know what to tell you; but that your words that express the full completeness of the Light in itself as being sufficient for everything meaningful in life, has been much appreciated.  It has been a valuable and constant…"
5th month 23
Howard Brod commented on Ellis Hein's blog post 'True Christians: How Do You Know Them?'
"We should all be living as full beings in the Light in order to fulfill the hopes Jesus expressed.  I do believe that you, Ellis, and Patricia are missing the spirit and effect of Jesus' heart because you are parsing the words you are…"
5th month 23
Howard Brod commented on Ellis Hein's blog post 'True Christians: How Do You Know Them?'
"We are coming from two different vantage points that apparently will never meet.  I do not value your intellectual and literalist scriptural interpretation with a doctrinal approach to everything spiritual.  And I certainly understand that…"
5th month 22
Howard Brod commented on Ellis Hein's blog post 'True Christians: How Do You Know Them?'
"Ellis, I am not here to speak for or defend Keith; but I do have to point out that Keith's witness about himself is not foreign to Jesus' own hope he expressed while on Earth.  Aside from much of the Gospel of Thomas, Jesus words…"
5th month 21
Howard Brod commented on Ellis Hein's blog post 'True Christians: How Do You Know Them?'
"I just value and trust as YOUR truth what YOU experience in and as the Light - not the words held in high esteem by "holy" men that I do not know, and I see that glorious Light manifesting from all sorts of places because that Light…"
5th month 21
Howard Brod commented on Ellis Hein's blog post 'True Christians: How Do You Know Them?'
"Ellis, why do you think you would ever need to deny the light of Christ if you let go of the need to use the words of others to prerequisite the legitimacy of another's experience of the Light? You quote words from early Quakers and Bible…"
5th month 21
Howard Brod commented on Ellis Hein's blog post 'True Christians: How Do You Know Them?'
"I sincerely wish you, Ellis, the fullest journey possible into the deepest experience of the Light you now seek so fervently; so that you are able to live as One with that Light - without the need to depend on words and books and doctrines and…"
5th month 20
Howard Brod commented on Ellis Hein's blog post 'True Christians: How Do You Know Them?'
"Forrest, I often find your comments filled with Light, compassion, and understanding.  You express the wisdom and seeking that draws others towards the Light and Love of God within themselves.  This is an appreciated ministry that brings…"
5th month 19
Howard Brod commented on Ellis Hein's blog post 'True Christians: How Do You Know Them?'
"It amazes me that so many make a big deal about being called a "Christian" when there is no record of Jesus ever referring to the word.  It appears to me that his concern while on Earth was simply to bring to the consciousness of…"
5th month 17
Howard Brod replied to Forrest Curo's discussion 'Falling Asleep In Meeting'
"I have fallen asleep more times than I can remember during worship.  The one time it was embarrassing to me was when I woke myself up while in dream-state because I was snoring loudly.  It was in a typical liberal Quaker meetinghouse…"
5th month 14
Howard Brod commented on Keith Saylor's blog post 'I am in the Room with you.'
"I often have a need to render the posts of others into a classic prose format so that I can be swept away with the spiritual depth and beauty of their words.  I was moved to do so with Keith's post entitled: I am in the room with you and I…"
5th month 14
Howard Brod commented on Keith Saylor's blog post 'I am in the Room with you.'
"This post reminds me of when I first walked into a liberal Quaker meetinghouse and sat down to see firsthand what that particular place was all about.  I came those 32 years ago as a devoted student and follower of the teachings of Jesus. …"
5th month 13
Howard Brod commented on Glenn Morison's blog post 'You can kill a [hu]man but you can't kill an idea'
"I have parsed out (below) Keith's words (above) so that I may more deeply contemplate the essence of the message he received and partakes of, himself.  For me, this message he offers is the essence of liberal Quaker spirituality as it was…"
5th month 2
Howard Brod commented on Glenn Morison's blog post 'You can kill a [hu]man but you can't kill an idea'
"Keith, what a beautiful invitation from the Presence itself . . ."
5th month 1
Forrest Curo replied to Howard Brod's discussion 'Jesus in the Gospel of Thomas' in the group Liberal Quakers
"Infants most certainly do 'grasp'. Whether they "grasp together" anything I couldn't say, but prehensile fingers are definitely among the characteristic features. They will also try to grasp things with the mouth, like other…"
4th month 23

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The Four Structures of Unprogrammed Quaker Meetings

Posted on 8th mo. 4, 2016 at 8:00pm 13 Comments

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?

Laissez-faire Arrangement

This is where a spiritual core Presence is not a priority at the meeting.  Friends are there basically as individuals to…

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Outward Forms, Human reasoning, and Idolatry

Posted on 10th mo. 31, 2015 at 4:05pm 27 Comments

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…

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The Spirit of Truth

Posted on 10th mo. 15, 2015 at 5:49pm 0 Comments

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…

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Most Quaker Meetings are Small . . . But

Posted on 10th mo. 2, 2015 at 8:13pm 5 Comments

My meeting is small - perhaps an average of just 12 to 25 Friends at worship each Sunday.  Yet we sponsor one of the major ministries in our suburban community - in a very public way.  Take a look at what it's about:

The Thrifty Quaker

I thought it would be fun and interesting to hear from others about the ministries of your meetings.  It might help the rest of us to get ideas of how we can "seek that of God…

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At 10:07pm on 10th mo. 19, 2015, Micah Bales said…

Thank you for the encouragement, Howard! I'm glad to hear that the Longs are doing well and are connected with Friends in Virginia!

At 10:55am on 4th mo. 27, 2015, Keith Saylor said…

Howard. You wrote over on the Jolly Quaker blog:

A living faith, like the one preached by Jesus, does not rely on tradition and books. It relies on the power of the Spirit to transform people so their lives, their families, and the world are better. All religions that argue for respect for their “holy” books (i.e., “Faith and Practice”) and their traditions eventually will lose relevance.

Consider this: Perhaps the mass of Quakers who are ignoring tradition and their ‘Faith and Practice’ manuals have gotten it right. The powerful and meaningful aspects of Quakerism to their modern lives is silent worship and gathered communal discernment. And all they now need is for the Quaker experts and historians to recognize that and help them to focus on it alone.

Very well said. Thank you writing it out loud.

At 6:39pm on 9th mo. 24, 2012, geoffrey kaiser said…

ach...it should have said the 95+% traditional non pastoral meetings served by FGC doubled in size....

Geoffrey

At 6:37pm on 9th mo. 24, 2012, geoffrey kaiser said…

Hi Howard:

Check arrived, I've had three charts printed up for you, they'll be out tomorrow.

Thee might find the statistics and graphs for the 20th century at the top a bit of a surprise....pastoral churches went from 93,000 to 50,000, the EFI membership was flat...and the 95+ traditional meetings served by the FGC doubled in size.......I'm tempted to post the graphs....What's thee think ?

Geoffrey

At 5:47pm on 9th mo. 20, 2012, geoffrey kaiser said…

Hi, Howard:

  For the charts we also do pay-pal using our e-mail to enter it. 

There is a library paper & ink version that should last 100 years or so. It costs us $50 to get a copy made, and then postage as well, and they do need to be framed..... The regular ones should last till the ocean gets to Richmond, (2040 or so).......Been 20 yrs or so since we were at Richmond mtg doing a lecture on the subject.I stopped because I felt I was being drawn into the FUM/EFI frey. Quakerism is my religion, not a sideline or a theological chess game, or a theological tower of Babel. Its not some magic formula that will jettison me into heaven when I'm dead, make it so I'm not responsible for my actions or have some warrior-god come and fix everything.

I rather doubt that becoming part of this club is spiritually wise for me. We'll see. 

Geoffrey

At 8:45am on 9th mo. 15, 2012, Timothy said…

How is Powhatan? Amelia Court House is not far south is it? It hath been a long time since I was in that area. . . Campbell has been cooling down, especially in the lower vales and rural areas. Hope thou hast a good day.

Thy humble Friend,

Timothy

At 2:43pm on 4th mo. 11, 2011, Paula Deming said…

I'm glad to have you hear!

Yours in the Light, Paula

(originally part of Roanoke Friends Meeting)

 
 
 

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Howard Brod commented on Ellis Hein's blog post 'True Christians: How Do You Know Them?'
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