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Interfaith action in a fragmented world: An invitation to write for Quaker Universalist Fellowship

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The world is once again being fragmented by fearful, angry politics and warfare, and religion is often in the mix in dangerous and destructive ways.Even so, we are seeing a resurgence of people…Continue

"Neighbor"

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I think we tend to miss the point of the teaching story misnamed “The Good Samaritan” (Luke 10:25-37).Almost…Continue

 

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Interfaith action in a fragmented world: An invitation to write for Quaker Universalist Fellowship

The world is once again being fragmented by fearful, angry politics and warfare, and religion is often in the mix in dangerous and destructive ways.Even so, we are seeing a resurgence of people reaching out with hands and hearts across the supposed boundaries of their faiths—as if these faiths were simply different extended families in one united race of all beings. During March and April, we invite our readers to share their stories of such reaching out, such interfaith action to restore and…See More
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"The World After Truth," by Winston Davis

In May of 2016, Quaker Universalist Conversations published Winston Davis’ essay “Religion, In a Nutshell.” The following essay was just published on February 5th.The World After Truth“You shall know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” —John 8:32“’What is truth?’ said jesting Pilate, and would not stay for an answer.”…See More
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What should I do?

Originally published on Quaker Universalist Conversations (1/1/17).I had a dream a few days ago, one of those rare wholly unambiguous dreams. It was a flying dream, but that’s not the relevant feature, just a plot device.I was returning home to an upper floor of a six-story apartment building. Flying over the roof, I saw that the whole surface was…See More
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"Thanks, Forrest."
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Forrest Curo commented on Mike Shell's blog post '"The Universal Mechanism for Ministry to Seniors," by Larry Spears'
"Ow, we're all suffering this incurable degenerative disease called 'age'; the very real danger -- an epidemically-increasing danger (which seems statistically linked to the incidence of anti-cholesterol drug usage) of having our…"
10th month 12, 2016
Mike Shell commented on Mike Shell's blog post '"The Universal Mechanism for Ministry to Seniors," by Larry Spears'
"{{{grinning at Kirby and Forrest}}} Yeh, don't want no bots coming after me either (age 66 and just now retired). However, this is Larry's way of handling many issues.  He holds them in his heart but then abstracts the heck out of…"
10th month 12, 2016
Forrest Curo commented on Mike Shell's blog post '"The Universal Mechanism for Ministry to Seniors," by Larry Spears'
"Isn't there some other category of potential ministerees you could point that mechanism at instead? The screaming officialese and methodolatry of the language probably renders it safe from accidental reading, but couldn't one just ask…"
10th month 12, 2016
Kirby Urner commented on Mike Shell's blog post '"The Universal Mechanism for Ministry to Seniors," by Larry Spears'
"I'm not quite a senior by many definitions, a late boomer, so getting close.  Over 55 anyway.  Really it's the job of seniors, as elders, to minister others as much as others to them, or at least that's true in many…"
10th month 11, 2016
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"The Universal Mechanism for Ministry to Seniors," by Larry Spears

Originally published on Quaker Universalist ConversationsThe Description, Checklist and Comments portions of this blog post are all available as a downloadable PDF file: Ministry-to-seniors.pdf.Is there a model [note 1] for ministry to seniors that is universal and can be…See More
10th month 10, 2016
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"Neighbor"

I think we tend to miss the point of the teaching story misnamed “The Good Samaritan” (Luke 10:25-37).Almost always our focus is on the people who passed by the “man who fell among thieves” and the one who stopped, instead of on the framing questions by which Jesus signaled the living spirit of the story.A lawyer asks Jesus how to attain eternal life. When Jesus challenges him to find the answer in…See More
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Mike Shell posted a blog post

"Neighbor"

I think we tend to miss the point of the teaching story misnamed “The Good Samaritan” (Luke 10:25-37).Almost always our focus is on the people who passed by the “man who fell among thieves” and the one who stopped, instead of on the framing questions by which Jesus signaled the living spirit of the story.A lawyer asks Jesus how to attain eternal life. When Jesus challenges him to find the answer in Scripture, the lawyer…See More
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Religion, In a Nutshell, by Winston Davis - Excerpts from a new QUF article

Friends,Quaker Universalist Fellowship has just posted Winston Davis’ extended article, “Religion, In a Nutshell,” on its Publications page.The following blog post offers some excerpts from the new work and invites Friends to read…See More
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QUF Interview: Mary Conrow Coelho, interviewed by Cherie Roberts (YouTube Video)

Mary Coelho has spent several decades delving into the seemingly contradictory ways of understanding how the world of science and the religious can coexist and thrive.After experiencing a mystical experience at age 29, she felt compelled to find an explanation for the experience. In fact, she had come to know experientially of a powerfully healing and attractive dimension of life not addressed in her science…See More
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Writer, editor, photographer. Retired prison counselor and librarian. Married to Jim Gleaton under the care of Columbia (SC) Friends Meeting on December 17, 1994. Christocentric-Universalist Friend, deeply informed by Buddhist and Pagan traditions.

Clerk of Jacksonville (FL) Friends Meeting and recording clerk for Southeastern Yearly Meeting executive committee. Editor of Quaker Universalist Conversations, blog of the Quaker Universalist Fellowship.
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"The World After Truth," by Winston Davis

Posted on 2nd mo. 7, 2017 at 9:36am 3 Comments

In May of 2016, Quaker Universalist Conversations published Winston Davis’ essay “Religion, In a Nutshell.” The following essay was just published on February 5th.

The World After Truth

“You shall know the truth, and the truth will…

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Seekers again: The ministry of Quaker Universalist Fellowship

Posted on 1st mo. 27, 2017 at 10:30am 0 Comments

The poet Jalaluddin Rumi writes of night travelers who search the darkness instead of running from it, a companionship of people willing to know their own fear. (91)

Pema Chödrön,

When Things Fall Apart

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The alabaster jar

Posted on 1st mo. 27, 2017 at 9:39am 0 Comments

First published on The Empty Path.

Many of us are chronically distressed by the suffering we see around us. It confronts us in the 24/7 news cycle, in social media, in what we pass on the street every day. We live with a longing to be rid of the pain and guilt that we experience in witnessing all of this…

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What should I do?

Posted on 1st mo. 3, 2017 at 9:35am 0 Comments

Originally published on Quaker Universalist Conversations (1/1/17).

I had a dream a few days ago, one of those rare wholly unambiguous dreams. It was a flying dream, but that’s not the relevant feature, just a plot device.

I was returning…

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At 8:11am on 5th mo. 14, 2015, Forrest Curo said…

Yeah, I'd been afraid I'd sounded unduly harsh, when I'd basically meant that there's a lot to Jesus-as-was that really hasn't entirely fit into anybody's book so far. & that much of the add-on stuff is also in character, & serves to develop our understandings. Some of the best interpretation I've found was by people who got the history wrong or just didn't care abt that end!

At 4:24pm on 11th mo. 22, 2014, Keith Saylor said…

Hello Mike, 

Thank you for your response to my questions on the Recovering History thread. It is much appreciated. I'm writing to you here because I had no thoughts to share that would further the specific discussion. 

Your closing words caught my attention:

My sense is that the driving motive Quaker faith in action is always this:

I must take care of my neighbor and refuse to comply with the hurtful policies of those in power anywhere--regardless of whether I change the actions of those in power.

I spent time with these words because they did not hit my mind cordially, and I was lost as to why. Slowly, the sense of it manifested in the resilience of silence. 

Presence is the motivation. Direct experience is Quaker faith in action. The direct, immediate experience of Christ's presence is the Principle; outward principles or rationalized conceptual constructs, abstractions such as care for neighbors or resistance to statist imposition, is outside of Presence itself. I am Presence and do not reference outward ideologies, theologies, principles, etc. as sources of motivation. If I help my neighbor or if I do not help my neighbor I do so in the direct experience and light of the inward Principle; anchored within conscious and informing conscience. In the Light their is no reflection upon or identity with and through the outward ideologies or principles. There is pure action in the freedom of the unrefracted light within ... Here the self-conscious ego, anchored in Presence, acts without predictions and in complete freedom without reference (without looking back on outward thoughts). This is Quaker faith in action.

I write this not in the expectation that these words are cordial to your mind or with any expectation that you agree with them. I appreciate you sharing your "sense" because, in doing so, you have helped me push through to a deeper walk in Presence.

 
 
 

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