I think I understand your point. It is something I have thought about myself. Your point that one does not have to be a Quaker in order to be an activist is, I think, crucial. It appears to me that many Quakers…"
"I believe that core Quaker is that activism rises out of contemplation, of inner listening and waiting. Does Quaker have a word or description for ego? I think there is a big difference between activism that rises from ego versus being…"
"To me the issue is not an either - or. As I read Friends history, as well as the Gospels, the "activists" who seemed to be most "successful" were often those who were quite contemplative. Jesus, who was clearly an activist at…"
"I agree with Ray's statement, I think. I'm not really sure.
For me the difference between a contemplative Quaker and an activist Quaker has to do with how they think of silent worship. It's a matter of…"
"Loved your "lol....ok" Ray! Welcome back!
I agree with everything that you have written. I think that acting in the world from a place of inner-listening may be constantly or more readily available for some, and therefore…"
"lol ... ok
As I practice it Quakerism is contemplative. Our activity in the world extends out of the contemplation (& listening) of MfW. Perosnally, I see Contemplation as my 'religion' and Quakerism as my practice of…"
"Ray, Please come back and also please re-post your comment. I experienced the same concern when I started this thread and then discovered, or so I thought, that this site was for "convergent friends" which I am…"
"Ray, Please come back and also please re-post you comment. I experienced the same concern when I started this thread and then discovered, or so I thought, that this site was for "convergent friends" which I am…"
"Forrest wrote: "In substance, I feel that what most upset most members was the violation of their expectation that the customary rules should always be observed: that Meeting must not disturbed by people verbally disagreeing with one…"
Your apology is both generous and unnecessary. This website is for ALL Friends--its subtitle is "A Friends Meeting Ground." There are interest groups for all branches of our beloved Society, and you read the profiles of the many…"
I think I owe an apology because I jumped right into this website not realizing that it was intended for "Convergent Friends." I was not aware of this until I read Paula's reply. I had to look up what…"
"Friends --oops thank you Stephanie! I can add that I did a lot of research searching for "Contemplative Quakers/Friends" and finally decided to post my discussion question on-line (because I couldn't find much) to which you all…"
I am a life-long seeker. Originally of Catholic background, then studied Buddhist mediation practices with a teacher who studied Buddhism and then moved on to teach the "Buddha" in each person, and I continue this affiliation while a member of Claremont Monthly Meeting. Am looking for balance in my Friends (very Activist)Community between activism and contemplation.
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