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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 Scott Martin's discussion 'Why Would They Want to Come?' in the group Liberal Quakers
"Thank you Scott for putting into words the truth about our spiritual tradition that perhaps most of us sense deep inside.  It is not surprising that the reality of a religion which is based on the mysticism of Jesus (in its rawest form) is…"
3rd month 22
Howard Brod commented on James C Schultz's blog post 'The Three R's of Unity: Part II - Respect'
"There was a point 12 years ago when it dawned on Friends at our meeting that non-recorded members were often more committed to both a spiritual life and the meeting community than many members.  So, with this just one little opening the meeting…"
3rd month 20
Howard Brod commented on James C Schultz's blog post 'The Three R's of Unity: Part II - Respect'
"When we come across this elitism in our meetings, I've come to feel that we owe it to our meeting's future to point out directly to the offender that they are coming across as "elitist and judgmental, which is not encouraging a…"
3rd month 10
Howard Brod shared James C Schultz's blog post on Facebook
3rd month 10
Howard Brod commented on Keith Saylor's blog post '"We deny all who say this light is not sufficient ..." James Naylor'
"Keith, I was so moved by your comment above, that the Spirit upon me in contemplation saw a consistency between John the Apostle's experience, James Naylor's experience, and your own experience expressed in your comment, that I combined…"
3rd month 9
Howard Brod replied to Daniel Wilcox's discussion 'Why I Strongly Disagree with Micah Bales' article that all humans are "depraved"'
"Thank you Keith for your inspirational explanation.  Without reading or knowing the historical account you have explained, the meeting I am part of has traveled that same road as those earliest Quakers who sought to follow the Spirit's…"
2nd month 22
Howard Brod replied to Daniel Wilcox's discussion 'Why I Strongly Disagree with Micah Bales' article that all humans are "depraved"'
"Jim, Please don't get me wrong.  I personally do need Grace.  I am not at the place where I do not need that construct.  I am not yet 'home'."
2nd month 19
Howard Brod replied to Daniel Wilcox's discussion 'Why I Strongly Disagree with Micah Bales' article that all humans are "depraved"'
"I'm OK David.  I was simply wanting to clarify that I meant no negative inference in my choice of words.  I appreciate your reply which provided me the opportunity to do that."
2nd month 19
Howard Brod replied to Daniel Wilcox's discussion 'Why I Strongly Disagree with Micah Bales' article that all humans are "depraved"'
"Dear Friends, You are taking 'offense' at most, or 'concern' in the lesser, at the word "constructed" - when no negative connotation was meant by me.  Certainly, anything that any of us live by as a value is…"
2nd month 19
Howard Brod replied to Daniel Wilcox's discussion 'Why I Strongly Disagree with Micah Bales' article that all humans are "depraved"'
"You just described, Keith, the senselessness of embracing judgement. In the state of "constant living Light" there is no need for Grace.  Grace is a constructed mechanism for the human mind to be able to let go of judgement of…"
2nd month 18
Howard Brod replied to Howard Brod's discussion 'Which Brings Inner Peace? Political Action or Spiritual Action'
"Spiritual action, as Jesus practiced, does not eliminate our denouncing atrocities and making known the fallacy of elitism, subjugation, greed, manipulation, corruption, and cruelty.  What's different from political action is that the…"
2nd month 5
Forrest Curo replied to Howard Brod's discussion 'Which Brings Inner Peace? Political Action or Spiritual Action'
"Jesus was hung up to die because he sharply and publicly denounced the Roman-style commercial practices by which many Judeans were enriching themselves at the expense of poorer neighbors, those religious authorities who blamed the sufferings of the…"
2nd month 4
Forrest Curo replied to Howard Brod's discussion 'Which Brings Inner Peace? Political Action or Spiritual Action'
"Among the efforts I've observed and taken part in to mitigate the plight and persecution of human beings deprived of housing here in San Diego -- The leadership of such movements has been overwhelmingly crippled by 'ego' as in…"
2nd month 4
Howard Brod commented on James C Schultz's blog post 'Compassion vs. Politics'
"After a number of years involved with political parties, thinking such a course of action was spiritual action, I finally arrived at a spiritual place where confusing politics for compassion became distasteful to me.  And it seems like…"
1st month 3
Howard Brod replied to William F Rushby's discussion 'Food for Thought'
"Thanks Bill for your response. I'm not sure how long ago this was; but perhaps someone knowledgeable about the background of the discontinuation (from Sandy Spring) could enlighten us (if they are reading this). It is not unusual for a liberal…"
12th month 21, 2016
Howard Brod replied to William F Rushby's discussion 'Food for Thought'
"Thanks for that story, Bill.  This is indeed a disappointing story.  It would seem like the committee involved could have allowed her to sponsor the Bible conference without the co-sponsorship of that committee. BYM (as all meetings,…"
12th month 21, 2016

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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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