Rosemary Gould
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Rosemary Gould's Discussions

Plain Speech

Started this discussion. Last reply by James Schibik 5th month 5, 2012. 60 Replies

Friends,I'd like to hear your thoughts about plain speech, if you would be willing to write in about it. It has been on my mind quite a bit lately, and I think I am being asked to learn more about it…Continue

Tags: equality, conservative, thy, thee, speech

What do you do in silent worship?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bruce R. Arnold 2nd month 20, 2012. 36 Replies

For those who practice silent worship, whatever branch of Quakerism you belong to, how do you "settle into the silence?"I ask this question because I notice that my meeting is comprised mostly of…Continue

Tags: prayer, Quakerism, centering, stillness, worship

New Language about God

Started this discussion. Last reply by Rosemary Gould 5th month 4, 2010. 12 Replies

"Poetry is a raid on the inarticulate." --T. S. EliotThere have been 2 blogs today that have made me think about the language we use to name God or describe the experience of the presence of God, one…Continue


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Tina M Pinzone liked Rosemary Gould's discussion Quakers and Buddhism
1st month 16, 2013
James Schibik replied to Rosemary Gould's discussion 'Plain Speech'
"Dear Brethren & Sisters, Plainness is the outward manifestation of the indwelling Light in thy speech, appearance, conduct, and approbations. Indwelling, not as though the Light is actually “in” thee, but indwelling as it relates to…"
5th month 5, 2012
Bruce R. Arnold replied to Rosemary Gould's discussion 'What do you do in silent worship?'
"I may pray. I may meditate. I may hold some people or situations in the Light. Eventually, sometimes sooner, sometimes later, I settle into an awareness of God's presence. Although my mind is occasionally distracted, I just notice it and go…"
2nd month 20, 2012
Jon replied to Rosemary Gould's discussion 'Quakers and Buddhism' in the group Outreach and Media
"Great discussion.   It seems, based on what little I've read about Quakersim, that at an earlier time, Quakerism was much more popular then today. I don't think that we, as humans, have really changed that much. I think that what…"
9th month 10, 2011
Adria Gulizia replied to Rosemary Gould's discussion 'What do you do in silent worship?'
"Hi, Mary. I often start off by praying for the people around me. If I am in a Meeting that includes people I know well, I include very individualized prayers. This helps direct my thoughts to the communal nature of the meeting for worship and gets…"
3rd month 8, 2011
Rosemary Gould replied to Brad Ogilvie's discussion 'Is an opulent gay wedding really progress?' in the group Sexuality/ LGBT
"I also think it's sad to see this kind of conspicuous consumption from anyone, especially those who ought to have more compassion. But to me it doesn't really matter as far as civil rights are concerned. If someone has a right to get…"
3rd month 3, 2011
Rosemary Gould replied to Rosemary Gould's discussion 'What do you do in silent worship?'
"Lola, Thank you! This description really speaks to my condition. Practicing dying is a very profound way of entering into worship, I think. I will continue to meditate on this. Rosemary"
3rd month 2, 2011
Rosemary Gould replied to Rosemary Gould's discussion 'What do you do in silent worship?'
"Hi Helen, Yes, your post makes great sense. I really like the idea of a conversation about mfw as a preparation. Sometimes a good F/friend and I take a walk on Sunday afternoons and we do something similar, talking about the messages in meeting and…"
3rd month 2, 2011
Lola Georg replied to Rosemary Gould's discussion 'What do you do in silent worship?'
"I really don' think I do anything. Rather, I listen. Well, now, maybe listening is doing something. I have to think about that.   For me, Meeting for Worship is an opportunity to come with wholly (or holy) empty hands unto God. To listen…"
3rd month 1, 2011
Helen Gibbs replied to Rosemary Gould's discussion 'What do you do in silent worship?'
"Hi Rosemary, Your question is interesting, because I am one of the busy people of this world, and most people when they realise I go to Friends Meeting and have done for 25 odd years look at me like my head has dropped off! At this time, preparation…"
3rd month 1, 2011
Rosemary Gould replied to Rosemary Gould's discussion 'What do you do in silent worship?'
"Kenneth, Yes, I also have found so much help in Lectio Divina. Lately I have been "just waiting," at home each morning (mostly) and that has been even better. But I read a psalm each night and try to practice a bit of lectio then, even…"
2nd month 27, 2011
Kenneth Lawrence Schroeder replied to Rosemary Gould's discussion 'What do you do in silent worship?'
"I'm an isolated Quaker, so my waiting worship is also solitary, but I practice a loose form of 'Lectio Divina'. I settle myself down, pray a bit, then read from Scripture. I invariably find a passage that speaks to my condition…"
2nd month 27, 2011
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Universalism & Other Faiths

Many liberal Friends have adopted universalism and less-Christocentric theologies. This is a place to discuss the place of non-traditional beliefs among modern Friends. Tag: universalism
2nd month 27, 2011
Rosemary Gould commented on Stephanie Stuckwisch's blog post 'On Doing Nothing'
"Paula, That happened to me, too. I was asked to talk about Quakers to a Unitarian Sunday school class, and at the end the teacher suggested that we "try out" silent worship for five minutes. But then she proceeded to give the kids…"
2nd month 24, 2011
Rosemary Gould commented on Stephanie Stuckwisch's blog post 'On Doing Nothing'
"Thanks for this post. I also have family members who are horrified by the idea of an hour of "just sitting there." I am finding that just spending a few minutes a day "doing nothing" alone is also helping me a lot."
2nd month 22, 2011
Rosemary Gould replied to Eric H-L's discussion 'When did Quakers start worship sharing?'
"Just to add a clarification for North Americans, there are 2 BYM's: Britain Yearly Meeting and  Baltimore Yearly Meeting: They each have their own advices and queries. Rosemary"
2nd month 15, 2011

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Quaker for 7 years, (originally Catholic), mother of three, homeschooler (for now), former academic. Christian liberal friend in an unprogrammed meeting.

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Why I am a Quaker

Posted on 6th mo. 5, 2010 at 12:04pm 6 Comments

Seven years ago, I was a devout Catholic. I had been raised Catholic by parents who didn't actually believe in God or Catholicism, and by the time I finished high school I didn't believe either. But then, years later at a difficult time in my life, a friend invited me to attend a local Catholic church with her, and it felt like coming home. I was more comfortable there than I had been anywhere else I had tried to go. I still disagreed with all the things I had always disagreed with, but I loved… Continue

Departed Friends and Memorial Day

Posted on 5th mo. 28, 2010 at 11:05am 1 Comment

In my unprogrammed meeting we have one program and I'm on the program committee that plans it. It's called "Connections," and it falls between the two worship hours. Last Sunday, Pentecost for those who believe in liturgy, we planned for Connections a worship sharing on the topic of departed elders. By "departed" we meant anyone who no longer came to meeting, whether they had died or moved away or couldn't come because of illness or other reasons. By "elder" we meant anyone we had loved and… Continue

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At 6:16pm on 7th mo. 1, 2010, Jan Lyn Lewis said…
Dear Rosemary,
Thank you for the friend connect. We have much in common as I am also a mother of three children, one son an adult at this point and 2 daughters ages 10 and 14. We are also home educators.
Great to meet you here!
In Friendship,
Jan Lyn
At 6:21am on 5th mo. 4, 2010, Tom Smith said…
I have been an attender/member of Friends since I was born. My father was a Friends minister in FUM, but I have been an adult member of Meetings in EFCI, FUM, FGC, Independent, and Conservative Yearly Meetings. A retired educator who has taught mainly Chemistry and Physics at the high school level, but I also have been a Campus Minister at a Friends college and a teacher of Friends "Faith and Practice" in a K-12 Friends School. (I have even "begun" a "Virtual Friends School" meant to facilitate a "Friends Education" exchange of ideas and approaches for home schoolers or others interested in Friends Education.
At 2:05pm on 4th mo. 18, 2010, Alice M Yaxley said…
Hello, welcome to QuakerQuaker, it's good to have you here.

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