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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 Keith Saylor's blog post 'Founding Quakerism: “Their chief design... to reduce Religion to Allegory?”'
"Wow.  Sounds like liberal Quakers of the 21st century.  Even though there are set times for worship for the sake of convenience, the rest sounds just like us.  And although there are set times for worship, most liberal Quaker meetings…"
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Howard Brod replied to Forrest Curo's discussion 'Does God Want Us to Be Other Than We Are?'
"It's hard to know this mystery.  The words in the 'Course' as in any spiritual work are trying to convey a reality beyond words or our human understanding. There are inspirational reaches of all flavors that have been sourced…"
11th month 7
Howard Brod replied to Forrest Curo's discussion 'Does God Want Us to Be Other Than We Are?'
"Forrest, Not sure if you've read the spiritual work, A Course in Miracles; but it somewhat addresses your question. If I can paraphrase my understanding of that massive spiritual work: "Some tiny aspects of God (the ALL) are in process of…"
11th month 6
Howard Brod commented on Keith Saylor's blog post 'Nathaniel Smith and his testimony of the uniqueness of Quakers'
"In many different comments that I have offered over the years I have been led to echo the same awareness that these earliest Quakers came to know through the power of the inshining Light; that true unity does not come about through the forcing of…"
11th month 5
Howard Brod commented on Keith Saylor's blog post 'To all that would know the way to the Kingdom, whether they be in Forms, Without Forms, or Got above all Forms.'
"Keith, I think your work is very important.  It establishes an historical grounding for the continued evolution of liberal Quakerism since it was providentially reinstituted in 1827 or so by Elias Hicks (in the spirit of the very earliest…"
10th month 21
Howard Brod commented on Keith Saylor's blog post 'To all that would know the way to the Kingdom, whether they be in Forms, Without Forms, or Got above all Forms.'
"Keith, Your investigative work points to what I have suspected for years; that the very earliest Quakers (perhaps the first decade or so) were convicted by the inshining Light that there is liberty of conscience in the Light that should be…"
10th month 20
Howard Brod commented on Keith Saylor's blog post 'Nathaniel Smith, a Quaker natural historian and physician, in 1664, meets with George Fox. Wherein George Fox argues the earth is flat because it was revealed to him by God.'
"The founder of a religious movement is often deified by converts - even after the founder's physical  death.  Most enlightened liberal Quakers understand this, and therefore do not place George Fox or his writings as anything to…"
10th month 19
Howard Brod commented on James C Schultz's blog post 'Ephesians 4 or The Five Fold Ministry'
"In my part of the country among liberal Friends there is indeed a healthy and organic recognition, acceptance, and appreciation of "gifts" that any Friend may exhibit. However, with that there is also a recognition that the Spirit is in…"
9th month 27

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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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