So, I'm in a moral quandary.I've been freelancing a bit with a news site financed by the U.S. Department of Defense, but run by a defense contractor. Next year, I tend to move to D.C., and they have…Continue
"@ Cotswold - Ideally, yes. If you don't feel led by God, you shouldn't speak at meeting. It's very distracting (and disrespectful to the silence, I think) when people use it as a bully pulpit for political issues or a place to talk…"
"This is a quote I love from Martin Kelley:
"But for all of their contemporary centrality to Quakerism, the testimonies are only second-hand outward forms. They are not to be worshipped in and of themselves. Modern Friends come…"
"Rosemary, You have the wisdom that my personality always tries to bury. Your post in response to Matthew has been the most thoughtful and productive part of may First Day. Thank you for gently suggesting a bit a clearness for our Friend, and even…"
I wish you could meet with a clearness committee about this question. I know you are an isolated Friend, which makes it very difficult. But as I understand it, at least in the Hicksite tradition, true Quaker process of discernment is quite…"
"Uhh, sorry that I might have been condescending. By your response to what I wrote, you have already made up your mind, considering your ability to justify your wishes by using the witness of so many Friends. I could have don that by suggesting you…"
"What I told you was simply how I felt about compromising with organizations with evil objectives and evil means of realizing them.
I would have been perfectly okay with doing a civilian project for the same corporation.
But the more I've…"
I have large qualms with your response; to me, it seems arbitrary, too broad, and a little condescending. You make presumptions about me you with no basis. Also, I don't think the "the parameters of historical Quaker belief"…"
"I'd been going to school while living on Aid to the Totally Demented for years, and my former wife was getting tired of poverty. I'd been starting my second year of work towards a 2nd BA in 'computer science', looking forward to…"
"I agree that the Quaker position on taking positions related to the military in any capacity goes against our Peace Testimony. However, the fact that this is a Quaker ethic means just that. You do not have to be a Quaker, or a pacifist, to attend…"
"That just seems too cut-and-dry to me. What is the military these days? Should Quakers not work with the Army Corp of Engineers to rebuild the levees in New Orleans? Or passing out food rations in Rwanda? Or installing cellphone towers in…"
"In the way I perceive ongoing revelation, I see them as the same God, but that He only revealed parts of himself that would be accepted at the time.
Matthew 19:1-12 is a good example of this. Originally, there was polygamy, but Moses came and…"
"As a journalist, I spent a long time writing and researching about religion and prisons back in 2007. The theme that always recurred was that when people were released, they were put back into the same neighborhoods, in the same situations, with no…"
"For me, mantras and sayings never get me in the head space I need, and I prefer something visual. Mostly, I close my eyes and imagine that I am getting larger, absorbing good energy, growing upward, and sending it out again. I picture rivers of…"
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