"Thanks for your response. I was beginning to wonder if you'd read my posting. I thought it was a private message by email, but since you answered publicly, I'll do so too.In my case, I had wonderful loving parents, a secure…"
"Thanks for the clarification about Dan Berrigan's words, Bill!
I agree with much of this posting but need to object strongly to the paragraph about the 12-step group. As a "mental sufferer" (recurrent depression since…"
"Response to Howard Brod's comment:
New England Yearly Meeting divided in 1845 (Wilburite/Guerneyite) and reunited in 1945. The Guerneyite YM was one of the founding members of FUM. The reunited YM joined FGC in the…"
"I can report that New England Yearly Meeting has been discussing the subject for years, both our own internal issues and attitudes, and our response to FUM's Personnel Policy. Most of our monthly meetings have minuted their intention to…"
"I agree with Bruce Arnold. You're preaching to the choir. I don't know any logical arguments that will convince an atheist to believe in God. Either you have the faith experience or you don't. Similarly,…"
Thanks for considering my comments with thoughtfulness and generosity. For personal reasons I have kind of an allergy to Rudolf Steiner, but I love that comparison to gravity.
Unfortunately, there indeed are Christians who will…"
"Thanks Barbara and all the Friends who have responded. These are powerful testimonies.
A Friend recently asked me why I need to speak of Jesus, why terms like Light or Spirit aren't enough. My response was, because the Ineffable One…"
There's the usual theological sense, sure.
But practically, I truly believe in my redemption when I experience God's unconditional love through another human- when a friend or Friend is there for me in such a way that…"
"I just finished the book "Saving Paradise". The writers point out that the earliest Christian art did not include images of crucifixion. The mosaics showed images of resurrection, healing, the garden of Eden.
That is salvation for me -…"
" I grew up Presbyterian and was taught that God selects only certain people to be saved & the rest he damns to Hell. (Yes, that wonderful Calvinist theory.) I could not accept such a callous, cruel God so I left the…"
"I'm glad you started this discussion--I've wondered that often myself! (and Marty, I really appreciated your response). To me, salvation means "healing." I feel that Christ is my savior because he is…"
"Good question. For me it is the promise and assurance of eternal life spent with God based on my acceptance of His Son and his sacrificial death for me.
I find that where problems generally arise is with various definitions…"
"Salvation in the Hebrew scriptures refers to deliverance. Deliverance from what? Poverty, greed, oppression -- of all kinds. Before the Greeks and Romans conquered Palestine, people in the middle east did not divide their…"
I am a universalist Christian Friend, member of a programmed, pastoral meeting in New England YM and sojourning at an unprogrammed, non pastoral meeting also in New England. My particular interests are Latin American Friends, especially the sister relationship between New England and Cuba YMs, and the relationship between Christianity and Judaism.
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