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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 replied to Adria Gulizia's discussion 'Why is talking about God so hard?'
"About four years ago, my small meeting began a 30 minute sharing every Sunday morning before worship.  We call it Circle of Friends.  It came from a leading one of our Friends had.  Someone volunteers each Sunday to bring no more than…"
7th month 14
Howard Brod commented on Kevin Camp's blog post 'God Wills It: A Reevalution'
"The Universal Spirit that is ALL and animates everything is too mysterious to completely understand or fully explain.  At one point in the western world it was referred to as Yahweh by the Jews, then "Father" by  Jesus and the…"
7th month 1
Howard Brod commented on Kevin Camp's blog post 'God Wills It: A Reevalution'
"As I've gotten "old" and met lots of people over the years, I am thinking now that every human on this planet is mentally ill.  At different times, we are at varied degrees of 'struggling minds'. The spiritual work, A…"
6th month 28
Howard Brod added a discussion to the group Liberal Quakers
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What Life in the Spirit Looks Like

It has always been the tendency of the human mind to subjugate spiritual things to the judgments, acceptableness, and controls that our ego nature is most comfortable with.  However, the Spirit is an eternal dimension that animates our conscience and consciousness with an inner Light that can effect for the better our experiences and relationships in day to day life. The few paragraphs below are taken from a letter written by the apostle Paul to an enclave of ethnic Celts (or “Gauls”) who had…See More
6th month 25
Kirby Urner replied to Howard Brod's discussion 'Mysticism: The 'Engine' of liberal Quakerism (anonymous article from a Quaker library)' in the group Liberal Quakers
"Also apropos, mentions Quaker Meeting: http://controlroom.blogspot.com/2017/01/i-robot.html"
6th month 22
Howard Brod commented on Keith Saylor's blog post 'The Infallible Mark'
"It has always been the tendency of the human mind to subjugate spiritual things to the judgements, acceptableness, and behaviors that our 'animal' ego nature is most comfortable with.  The Spirit is an eternal dimension that animates…"
6th month 20
Keith Saylor replied to Howard Brod's discussion 'Mysticism: The 'Engine' of liberal Quakerism (anonymous article from a Quaker library)' in the group Liberal Quakers
"I is amazing to me how pertinent and relevant your words are to my most recent blog post! It is exhilarating to glean in a modern writer the heritage of living inshining anointing that sustained many of the early Quakers who were led to lay down…"
6th month 20
Howard Brod replied to Howard Brod's discussion 'Mysticism: The 'Engine' of liberal Quakerism (anonymous article from a Quaker library)' in the group Liberal Quakers
"Yes Keith, I had your same thought yesterday after reading Jim's comment regarding Anne Conway.  I think the individual experience is part of the whole energy of the Universe, and it is indeed an experience that the individual…"
6th month 20
Jim Wilson replied to Howard Brod's discussion 'Mysticism: The 'Engine' of liberal Quakerism (anonymous article from a Quaker library)' in the group Liberal Quakers
"Hi Keith: The question of influence is a hot one in academic circles these days.  In Plotinus studies there is a dispute about whether or not Plotinus was influenced by Indian sources, such as the Upanishads.  The primary evidence for this…"
6th month 20
Kirby Urner replied to Howard Brod's discussion 'Mysticism: The 'Engine' of liberal Quakerism (anonymous article from a Quaker library)' in the group Liberal Quakers
"Thanks for this discussion thread.  Here's a reading of a work by a mystic I've brought up before, Maurice Nicoll, a Scottish Jungian who trod in the footsteps of Gurdjieff and Ouspensky: https://youtu.be/do_MckpQHO4 I find a lot…"
6th month 20
Keith Saylor replied to Howard Brod's discussion 'Mysticism: The 'Engine' of liberal Quakerism (anonymous article from a Quaker library)' in the group Liberal Quakers
"Jim and Howard, On the matter of comparative studies, It is compelling to me that while the comparative endeavor, in the context of mystic experience, can demonstrate mutual influence; there is also the persistent recognition (resulting from the…"
6th month 20
Howard Brod replied to Howard Brod's discussion 'Mysticism: The 'Engine' of liberal Quakerism (anonymous article from a Quaker library)' in the group Liberal Quakers
"Wikipedia has a brief, but good, article on Anne Conway: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anne_Conway_(philosopher)"
6th month 19
Howard Brod replied to Howard Brod's discussion 'Mysticism: The 'Engine' of liberal Quakerism (anonymous article from a Quaker library)' in the group Liberal Quakers
"Yes! Indeed. Thanks, as always Jim, for your insights."
6th month 19
Jim Wilson replied to Howard Brod's discussion 'Mysticism: The 'Engine' of liberal Quakerism (anonymous article from a Quaker library)' in the group Liberal Quakers
"I'll have to read more of Rufus Jones.  I was able to purchase a reprint of Anne Conway's work,'The Principles of the Most Ancient and Modern Philosophy'.  What strikes me as I read your post is how convergent it is…"
6th month 19
Howard Brod added a discussion to the group Liberal Quakers
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Mysticism: The 'Engine' of liberal Quakerism (anonymous article from a Quaker library)

Rufus Jones (1863-1948) helped to shape the modern soul of liberal Quakerism that was first birthed unintentionally by Elias Hicks in 1827, to then be matured by the influence of the Progressive Quakers of the later 1800’s, and then ripened into a more universal mystical religious experience due to the influence of Rufus Jones in the first half of the twentieth century.In 1917 Rufus Jones helped found the Nobel prize-winning American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) as a vehicle for Quakers to…See More
6th month 13
Howard Brod commented on Ellis Hein's blog post 'True Christians: How Do You Know Them?'
"Thank you Ellis for accepting my apology.  I look forward to hearing about your walk.  Peace be with you, my brother."
6th month 4

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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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