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"A Quaker's Response to Christian Fundamentalism." Sallie King (2009)

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Sallie B. King is the author of many titles on Buddhism, Quakerism, interfaith dialogue, and the cross-cultural philosophy of religion. "A Quaker’s Response to Christian Fundamentalism" was first…Continue

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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Forrest Curo replied to Mike Shell's discussion '"A Quaker's Response to Christian Fundamentalism." Sallie King (2009)'
"Repost if you like; but as for a blog post on this, no. I agree with her too much for an interesting contrast -- and where I disagree, explaining why would take things too far off-topic."
12th month 3
Mike Shell replied to Mike Shell's discussion '"A Quaker's Response to Christian Fundamentalism." Sallie King (2009)'
"Thanks, Friend Forrest. Sallie King based the 2009 QUF pamphlet on a spiritual formation curriculum she and others created for Baltimore Yearly Meeting ( (downloadable PDF – Sandy Spring, MD: Baltimore Yearly Meeting, 2003). The intended…"
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Forrest Curo replied to Mike Shell's discussion '"A Quaker's Response to Christian Fundamentalism." Sallie King (2009)'
"Not knowing what readers it was meant for, I was a little puzzled why she was concerned with the subject. So I wasn't sure what to say, particularly about passages like: "I have in mind the set of views that includes biblical inerrancy and…"
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Mike Shell replied to Mike Shell's discussion '"A Quaker's Response to Christian Fundamentalism." Sallie King (2009)'
"Thanks, Forrest.  I just discovered that I had given the wrong link and have corrected it above. Mike"
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Forrest Curo replied to Mike Shell's discussion '"A Quaker's Response to Christian Fundamentalism." Sallie King (2009)'
"That's universalistfriends.org/library/a-quaker-s-response-to-christian-fundamentalism for anyone else who'd like to access the link the easy way..."
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"A Quaker's Response to Christian Fundamentalism." Sallie King (2009)

Sallie B. King is the author of many titles on Buddhism, Quakerism, interfaith dialogue, and the cross-cultural philosophy of religion. "A Quaker’s Response to Christian Fundamentalism" was first published in 2009.See http://universalistfriends.org/library/a-quaker-s-response-to-christian-fundamentalism.Share your own reflections in the comments thread.…See More
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"A Quaker’s Response to Christian Fundamentalism" - Sallie King’s 2009 QUF Pamphlet

Sallie B. King, Professor of Philosophy and Religion at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, is the author of many books and articles on Buddhism, Quakerism, interfaith dialogue, and the cross-cultural philosophy of religion.…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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"A Quaker’s Response to Christian Fundamentalism" - Sallie King’s 2009 QUF Pamphlet

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Sallie B. King, Professor of Philosophy and Religion at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, is the author of many books and articles on Buddhism, Quakerism, interfaith dialogue, and the cross-cultural philosophy of religion.…

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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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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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