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Weekly Online Worship with Quaker Universalist Fellowship

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Friends,Quaker Universalist Fellowship had its fourth online meeting for worship via Zoom video conferencing https://www.zoom.us/ this week.  We gather each…Continue

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Tolerance and Intolerance: Two Timely Reviews by Quaker Universalist Fellowship

Tolerance & Intolerance: Two Timely Reviews https://universalistfriends.org/weblog/tolerance-intoleranceThe Limits of Tolerance by Lacorne American Intolerance by Bartholomew & ReumschusselIn both reviews we pose questions for our readers: How do people of faith—any faith—transcend the brutality in their own human hearts and lead others to do the same?…See More
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A Review of Edwin L. Battistella's "Sorry About That: The Language of Public Apology"

 Originally published on the blog of Quaker Universalist Fellowship. Reviewed by Larry D. Spears.Sorry About That: The Language of Public Apology, by Edwin L. Battistella (Oxford University Press, 2014).Edwin L. Battistella’s book Sorry About That is a compilation and analysis of stories of pubic apologies in the…See More
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Weekly Online Worship with Quaker Universalist Fellowship

Friends,Quaker Universalist Fellowship had its fourth online meeting for worship via Zoom video conferencing https://www.zoom.us/ this week.  We gather each Wednesday at 6-7pm Greenwich Mean Time (Consolidated Universal Time UTC).Use the Time Zone Converter https://www.thetimezoneconverter.com/ to find your correct local time.6pm GMT allows folks from Honolulu to Nairobi to join us during normal waking…See More
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Contribute to Quaker Universalist Fellowship's blog - Themes for 2019

Friends,The Quaker Universalist Fellowship steering committee met in October to develop themes for our work in 2019. We focus on Quaker faith and practice underneath a broad theological umbrella. Overarching questions are:How do we manifest the interaction between faith and practice?How do we make the…See More
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Global Meeting for Worship – Live online Quaker worship

Please join Quaker Universalist Fellowship in our new experiment with live online Quaker worship.Global Meeting for Worship via Zoom web conferencingBeginning Wednesday, March 6, 2019 and each Wednesday thereafter.6-7:00 pm Coordinated Universal Time/Greenwich Mean Time (UTC/GMT) 10:00 am Pacific Time, 11:00 am Mountain 12:00 pm Central, or 1:00 pm Eastern…See More
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"From the Editor's Desk" - January/February Western Friend

Friends,Mary Klein has a gift for going to the essence of a concern and expressing it simply and powerfully.I encourage Friends to read her essay in the Jan/Feb 2019 issue of Western Friend.Dear Friends:…See More
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Curing and healing

Originally published on The Empty Path: Nonaligned faith and practice in the presentAmerican culture has been fixated from the start on two principles inherited from the 17th century English society that established the colonies: the mandate to cure physical, social, and moral ills, and the primacy of ownership.Whether Puritan, Catholic, or Dissenter, those first immigrants and refugees all thought that they…See More
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"Sounds GREAT! Butttt- do you know the ONLY True God Jesus served?"
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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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A Review of Edwin L. Battistella's "Sorry About That: The Language of Public Apology"

Posted on 6th mo. 24, 2019 at 10:07am 0 Comments

 Originally published on the blog of Quaker Universalist Fellowship.

Reviewed by Larry D. Spears.

Sorry About That: The Language of Public Apology, by Edwin L. Battistella (Oxford…

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Global Meeting for Worship – Live online Quaker worship

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Please join Quaker Universalist Fellowship

in our new experiment with live online Quaker worship.

Global Meeting for Worship

via Zoom web conferencing

Beginning Wednesday, March 6, 2019

and each Wednesday thereafter.…

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Curing and healing

Posted on 12th mo. 3, 2018 at 12:30pm 0 Comments

Originally published on The Empty Path: Nonaligned faith and practice in the present


American culture has been fixated from the start on two principles inherited from the 17th century English society that established the colonies: the mandate to cure physical, social, and moral ills, and the primacy of ownership.

Whether Puritan, Catholic, or…

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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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