"Nicholas, I really like your idea!, as a personal prayer. Now how do we get that into Faith and Practice? :)Anyway I'm going to try it out. I like the way it ignores our tribal notions of belief/non-belief and gets right down to following…"
"I find myself drifting from classic/catholic Christianity towards theistic universalism with a tint of Bahai. Yet, I am strongly attracted to the practices of conservative Friends. I do not dress "Plain," but I try to…"
"In the United States there is a history of Quaker thought converging with Non-Theism, although the term "Humanist" was used in its early literature. In 1939 a group calling itself the Humanist Society of Friends was…"
"Please hold me in the Light as I attend a critical meeting of my Local Meeting tomorrow (6th 1st Month) in which we are due to consider my concern about the threat of non-theism. I seek support in asking to be invited to other Meetings simply to…"
"Yes, it's difficult as I find that I agree with both Howard's perspective and Thomas Merton's. We have no way to talk about ultimate Truth other than with words! Many times, people show by their words…"
"Thanks, Forrest, for quoting the incident from Thomas Merton's memoirs. It shows how superficial Quaker worship can be when we draw only upon our own meager resources. rather than those offered to hungry souls by the Son of God. …"
"When I was much younger I was a member of a very large meeting and had an occasion to attend a meeting-wide overnight retreat. During one of the workshops I was randomly paired up with an elderly woman to take a long walk on a path in the woods. We…"
Thank you for your thoughtful and powerful post. However, please do note the following in Stephen Petter's comment just prior to yours:
What he says is true and is contrary to your statement that " Nontheism seems…"
"It is true that science, reason and humanism are forces which can incorporate into our lives good things and many benefits, but Carl Jung had an interesting perception as to the limits to which they contribute to the richness and…"
"THank you everyone for a very interesting and helpful discussion. (It seems to have ended now.) I am sorry my blog (www.sp37.info) went down for a few days. A shorter version of the essay has been published by 'The Friend' (Britian…"
"What can happen instead [Thomas Merton's account]:
“One Sunday I went to the Quaker meeting house in Flushing, where Mother had once sat and meditated with the Friends. I sat down there too, in a deep pew in the back near a…"
Thank you for what you sharing -- your several posts -- I found your earlier post provocative and agreed with various points, though the second one seems to have lost the Spiritual center of whatever spoke to me in that earlier one and…"
I'd call myself a 1994 Quaker. That is, my Quakerism is as most of us in Britain YM agreed when we revised Faith and Practice in 1994 -the current edition. I campaign against "non-theistic Quakerism" (which I regard as an oxymoron).
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