"Spiritual dry times happens to all of us. It's easy for us to get discouraged.....we don't have some of the "trappings" other faith traditions have to 'get lost" in...or "focus on" when our own sense of…"
"Non-theistic faith to me is not "atheistic"....but "panentheistic"....God is not anthropromorphic....God is Wholly Other.....non-theistic faith calls us to Depth.....too often our "theistic" views of God…"
"I believe it is a weighty thing to break the Living Silence. I don't know that I've ever been 100% sure I was to provide vocal ministry before I did....but afterwards as the Silence surrounded me again...I knew I had "listened…"
"In a patriarchal society being called the "son of ________(insert mother's name) " was the same as being called a bastard. They knew who his mother was.....she gave birth to him...but the son...first born...to be called…"
"I'd like to also mention that at times I have used a "prayer rope" in Meeting....and "Orthodox prayer rope" as opposed to a rosary as the prayer rope is "silent" as it moves through one's fingers...the rosary…"
"I try to "begin" to "Center down" before I ever get to Meeting....although sometimes this is difficult to do...but I find if I prepare to enter into the Presence and join the "Living Silence"....I seem to have less…"
"For me, discovering that God did not fax the Bible to us whole was an eye opener. I came to the Society of Friends when I was 19...I am now 55. I came from an evangelical backgroud from a holiness tradition...so I was steeped in the Bible as the…"
I am a 55 yo male. I haven't been to Meeting in years....I was convinced at 19 and attended a short time at Friends Meeting in San Jose, CA on Morse St.
I thought I wanted to find an Evangelical Friends church but there were none in the San Jose area at the time...I don't think there are any still...I was raised in the Chruch of the Nazarene....but drawn to Friends.
I attended George Fox College for two years then moved back to San Jose....some 25 years later I now live in Oregon again.
I have attended Meeting on Stark St a few times over the years...but never continued. I still consider myself a Friend however.
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