"Thanks Kevin for correcting my misunderstandings. You really do have a challenging situation. I'm impressed with your willingness to persevere under these circumstances. I hope your meeting treasures resources such as…"
Might there be a more systemic culture that you yourself have been a victim of, in your meeting, that needs to be addressed? What I'm wondering is how or why your ministry and oversight committee would even want to elder…"
"Thanks Bill for referring me (us all) to this article by Chuck.
It is apparent that all branches of Quakerism to various degrees are sensing that something is not going right. This is not just a liberal Quaker issue. And from…"
"William, you're just fine. I love sarcasm, and find yours endearing and not offensive in the least. I wish you only the best and have always enjoyed your posts. You are charitable and kind to apologize when no offense was taken.
I in turn did…"
"Wow. You're onto something William! That would transform the world.
These linguistic and historical things may be of interest to the mind; entertainment and fodder for the mind, if you will. And that is their place. But they have little to do…"
I appreciate your posts and agree with your wisdom.
One thing my meeting has started to help those who want to go deeper is a weekly adult spiritual group that meets for 30 minutes just before the worship hour. We discuss and share…"
"By now you all know how I feel. If it is so complicated that one must "discover" what the originally translated word(s) meant, and if we must rely on linguistic scholars and their opinions, and if there are so many interpretations to sift…"
"All these Friends speak my mind!
I think our traditional involvement in peace and justice issues is important and important to us spiritually. I don't want us to ignore it. But I agree that our Meetings should be places where…"
"Our testimonies, Quaker process and even unprogrammed worship have become our golden calf. We forget that there is Something More behind them.
In his blog on 3/19/13. Wes Daniels wrote "Quakerism is open to all people, but it isn't…"
"I understand what you're saying. I've had this discussion with many Friends.
Liberal Friends as well as Liberation Theology were my path back into religion. I don't want that function to change.
However, if we are concerned about and…"
"Jim, I think your post shows a great deal of insight. I had never thought of it this way but as I read your submission it spoke to me. I think this is precisely what's going on.
Early Friends were led to certain positions (such as…"
An additional observation stimulated by the posts on this thread: James Schultz noted that his current meeting has a greater focus on spirituality than on social justice. And others have mentioned that there is a yearning…"
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 ?
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.
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.
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