I'm not sure I'm in the right forum as I belong to Lake Erie Yearly, but I would love to hear from my conservative F(f)riends their thoughts about unity among all Quakers in some formal rather than…Continue
"As a matter of fact, Britian did schism, though nowhere near as dramatically as US Friends. Fritchley Friends broke off in ?1868 and remained separate for about 100 years as a Conservative branch. But more tellingly, Britain picked and chose among…"
"Chuck Fager once expanded on the very old concept of Friends as a chosen people.
As with that better-known 'chosen people' (who seem to be going through similar searchings re 'what does it, what should it, mean to be "one of…"
I loved your insights and viewpoints. Thanks for sharing. I suppose this historical commonality is the basis for FWCC. Perhaps they should strive to have regional events (convenient to localized Friends) where the historical connections are…"
I have had similar thoughts about the differences in how the schisms played out in the U.S. vs. Brittain. I suspect that part of the reason for the deeper divisions in the U.S. is that the U.S. is more aligned with rugged…"
I would like to acknowledge that I have seen what thee has written, and to say that I would like to respond, but can't just at the moment as my daughter is ill and I must attend to her. It may be a couple of days before I can get…"
"The mostly-liberal mixed FUM/FGC meeting I attend (same as the one Olivia attends, actually) has hymn-singing before MfW on the 3rd Sunday of the month. We also hosted BYM's Sing-In last weekend. I found myself wishing we were singing out in…"
A thought did come to me in response to your following comment:
"Also, if what thee says is true, Friends must have split in all our previous permutations of schism due to failure to worship together in silence. There is no evidence for…"
"My wish is for us to be Friends. I want to visit as cousins and also as brothers and sisters. I feel there has been much healing since Friends were throwing each other out of the meetinghouse windows in 1828. We have the new technology that allows…"
"So, Friends, I am hearing and sensing in my own heart that reunion of the various branches of Friends is likely not possible - based on the realities we all hold so dear. It appears that each has certain practices and beliefs that they would not be…"
"David Seaman: I will probably never read Janet Scott's Swarthmore lecture. Modern liberal Quaker authors begin with premises so different from my own that I find most of their work irrelevant to my life and faith journey.
"Several comments suggest that the differences among various types of Friends boil down to the use of different "labels". I don't think that such differences are that simple.
When I profess to be a Christian Friend, I am…"
"Yes, while I do trust that God is working on everybody, whichever label (or anti-label label) they place on their practice or lack thereof -- as Howard Brod is saying -- How people label their practice is bound to influence their intentions and…"
I found your post insightful and helpful. In response I'd like to share with you something similar that happened while I was a Buddhist. I was aksed to give monthly talks for several years at a Buddhist group that…"
"What thee writes is a lovely expression of the utopian, unconstrained vision. I can feel the hope in it, the love in it, the desire for Truth to win its victory.
Unfortunately, it presumes a few things. For one, it presumes that what thee finds and…"
"This past Sunday we had a wonderful worship at meeting with messages about the Light of Christ being more powerful than just a label. This gathered meeting affirmed that that power IS - no matter what one calls it. Do we really think the…"
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