Stunning article from the New York times on how unconscious gender bias against women impedes the progress of women in science. That this is happening 350 years after Quakers understood scripture to…Continue
"If God is to be a giver, he must first find a taker, but no one may be a taker of God's gifts except by his humility. Therefore, if God is to exercise his divine property by his gifts, he well may…Continue
"There is a lot of diversity in the wider Quaker fellowship, so one thing that can be said is that we don't all have the same theology. Within the limitation of words, we find broad unity in the sense that the Devine inflowing (however we…"
Sorry for the late reply--an glad your friend is getting the care that he needs. As a child psychiatrist, who has cared for many persons with bipolar disorder, it is important to remember that you are working with someone who is ill…"
Stunning article from the New York times on how unconscious gender bias against women impedes the progress of women in science. That this is happening 350 years after Quakers understood scripture to mandate gender equality and that failure to do so was tantamount to rejection of Christ is a great example of how we fail to listen to the profoundly transformative power of the Light. These days liberal college faculty and young people brought up in the era of Title IX (presumably including many…See More
"If God is to be a giver, he must first find a taker, but no one may be a taker of God's gifts except by his humility. Therefore, if God is to exercise his divine property by his gifts, he well may need my humility; for apart from humility he can give me nothing - without it I am not prepared to receive his gift. That is why it is true that by humility I give divinity to God." --Meister Eckhardt One of the gifts of the spirit is the gift of humility. It is a reciprocal gift--as humility arises…See More
I've been a Friend since 1968, was a CO (but not drafted) during the Vietnam era and, longing for a deeper experience of Silence/Light within, have been a dual lineage holder: (1) a devoted Quakerism expressed in Meetings in California, Montana, Wisconsin and for the last 25 years Durham Friends Meeting in North Carolina and (2) a devoted Buddhist practice first in the Rinzai Zen tradition, then vipassana, and now back to Zen. I do think that right view (belief) is essential and can be expressed in many forms, viz. Meister Eckhart and Dogen Zenji the founder of Soto Zen, and that the experience of the Light as Fox described it is underneath words is held in common universally. While Buddhist practice/experience and particularly over 15 months on silent retreat since 1991 has been very helpful to me, I feel called these days as a Quaker to an articulation of Truth in Christocentric language. I also wish for Friends a deeper experience of Silence as we all are on the same path toward awakening to the essential presence of God. QuakerQuaker seems a lovely place for deeping both the views and practices of Friends. Am grateful for its presence and the opportunity to participate. Am also happy to encourage f/Friends in growing in the Light at the boundary (false though it is) of Buddhism and Quakerism or even better how the practice of interior silence can enrich our lives as Friends-just send me a private email and we can set up a time to chat.
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