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Which Brings Inner Peace? Political Action or Spiritual Action

Started this discussion. Last reply by Kirby Urner 2nd month 9, 2017. 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

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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

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The Earliest Quakers and liberal Quakerism

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 spiritual…See More
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"So well said, David.  Thank you!"
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David McKay commented on Howard Brod's blog post 'The Earliest Quakers and Liberal Quakerism'
"Thank you for the clarification. I do follow the contemplatives as much as I can (I lack their discipline). But I tend to avoid the term "mysticism" simply because it is so loaded. I agree. Quakers can be as much addicted to dead forms as…"
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"Thanks David, For the very reasons you state, Mysticism has many variant descriptions (see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mysticism for a sampling).  One could spend the rest of their life researching and trying to define it. I like…"
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David McKay commented on Howard Brod's blog post 'The Earliest Quakers and Liberal Quakerism'
"I usually grimace when a response to somebody's offering is to quibble about words. I'm about to quibble about words. :) The word "mystical" implies (for me) and encounter that is largely ineffable. That is to say: it is about…"
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The Earliest Quakers and Liberal Quakerism

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 spiritual…See More
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Howard Brod commented on Keith Saylor's blog post 'Those Early Quakers who were come out of the process of participation in and identification with outward Ecclesiastical and Magisterial Forms, Practices, and Prescriptions.'
"Thanks Keith.  I believe you answered most of my questions, pointing me to suspect that there is a commonality between many earliest Quakers and many liberal Quakers in our own day. Historically, liberal Quakers arose in 1828 due to a desire to…"
10th month 12
Howard Brod commented on Keith Saylor's blog post 'Those Early Quakers who were come out of the process of participation in and identification with outward Ecclesiastical and Magisterial Forms, Practices, and Prescriptions.'
"Hi Keith, I have a few questions about those earliest Quakers from the 1640's through the 1670's that you might know from your research.  Were local groups more egalitarian in nature than hierarchical; did each local group have an…"
10th month 9
Howard Brod commented on Keith Saylor's blog post 'Those Early Quakers who were come out of the process of participation in and identification with outward Ecclesiastical and Magisterial Forms, Practices, and Prescriptions.'
"Hi Keith, I have a few questions about those earliest Quakers from the 1640's through the 1670's that you might know from your research.  Were local groups more egalitarian in nature than hierarchicall; did each local group have an…"
10th month 9
Howard Brod left a comment for Jennifer Winters
"Hi Jennifer!  I read your article on you belief regarding Jesus and really enjoyed it.  It mirrors much of my background before becoming a Quaker many years ago.  I am associated with Midlothian Friends Meeting, which is just outside…"
3rd month 28
Howard Brod replied to Kirby Urner's discussion 'No Quakers, Only Quakerism'
"My meeting has a similar attitude to your meeting in regard to formal "recorded" membership for the reasons you mention.  It's all about BEING in the Spirit and not "practicing" human constructs as though being at…"
3rd month 27
Howard Brod commented on Keith Saylor's blog post 'Those Early Quakers who Scrupled against The Government of Quakers Excercised by George Fox'
"It is interesting to me that the typical liberal Quaker of the twenty-first century would find (if they could even stomach reading it) much of George Fox's writings and specific teachings disturbing at best: judgmental, self-righteous, and…"
12th month 13, 2017
Howard Brod commented on Keith Saylor's blog post 'Those Early Quakers who Scrupled against The Government of Quakers Excercised by George Fox'
"Forrest, Liberty is a precious thing that emanates from God.  Persecuting others (and excommunication IS persecution) is the first step on the road to hell (I speak figuratively).  To do so, the persecutors must first set themselves up as…"
12th month 11, 2017
Howard Brod commented on Keith Saylor's blog post 'Those Early Quakers who Scrupled against The Government of Quakers Excercised by George Fox'
"Do not these anonymous words apply to those modern yearly meetings who have purged (excommunicated, effectively) meetings/churches because those purged meetings had followed the Light of their conscience revealed to them in matters such as marriage…"
12th month 11, 2017

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The Earliest Quakers and Liberal Quakerism

Posted on 10th mo. 12, 2018 at 9:59pm 4 Comments

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…

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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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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 Keith Saylor's blog post 'Help finding a specific word for a specific behavior.'
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The Earliest Quakers and liberal Quakerism

Many Quakers mistakenly assume that the modern liberal Quaker movement is not akin to the movement…See More
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Kim Salsman liked Howard Brod's blog post The Earliest Quakers and Liberal Quakerism
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Howard Brod commented on Howard Brod's blog post 'The Earliest Quakers and Liberal Quakerism'
"So well said, David.  Thank you!"
10th month 13
David McKay commented on Howard Brod's blog post 'The Earliest Quakers and Liberal Quakerism'
"Thank you for the clarification. I do follow the contemplatives as much as I can (I lack their…"
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Howard Brod commented on Howard Brod's blog post 'The Earliest Quakers and Liberal Quakerism'
"Thanks David, For the very reasons you state, Mysticism has many variant descriptions…"
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