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Tom Smith replied to Scott Martin's discussion 'Why Would They Want to Come?' in the group Liberal Quakers
"As an "introverted intuitive" (INTJ) I identify with many of these comments. However, I grew up the son of a Quaker pastor and did not "participate" in unprogrammed Friends worship until I was nearly 30 and moved from the Midwest…"
3rd month 22
Tom Smith commented on Doug Bennett's blog post 'Prescribing Versus Seeking: Reader Comments on Creeds'
"I believe my take on "creeds" and similar items came to me many years ago when I came to believe that "Quaker Institution" was an oxymoron. There is either "Quaker" or "Institution." Obviously many…"
2nd month 17, 2013
Tom Smith replied to Anne E Wright's discussion 'What we mean by what we say'
"My experience in Meeting for Business would support the statement in F & P (of which YM?) "It is Quaker custom, too, for persons who have once expressed their views clearly and adequately not to address the meeting again." However, my…"
2nd month 12, 2013
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Virtual Friends School?

The beginnings of a discussion to develop a resource center for home-schoolers and others interested in Friends Education but are unable to send their children to a "Real" Friends School.
9th month 30, 2012
Tom Smith replied to Barbara Smith's discussion 'Liberal? Conservative? How about other names?' in the group Conservative Friends
"I can in no way speak for other Friends but for me Liberal is somewhat related to Liberation in that freeing the oppressed, doing for the least of these, etc. is very much a part of my belief system. It also in my mind is somewhat similar to…"
6th month 10, 2012
Tom Smith commented on Jim Wilson's blog post 'Quaker Communion'
"And  remember what God had said just before that: "How long can you tread water?""
2nd month 26, 2012
Tom Smith commented on Jim Wilson's blog post 'Quaker Communion'
"I agree with Bill Samuel in that most, almost all, of the Christian church has used the communion form and that there is nothing "wrong" with that usage given the spiritual understanding. However, I do have a concern with Friends losing…"
2nd month 18, 2012
Tom Smith commented on Jim Wilson's blog post 'Quaker Communion'
"I wonder if the following might be applied  to the concept of Quaker communion. I recalled this from an earlier comment by Jim Wilson."My sense is that when Quakers abandon modes of dress, modes of speech, etc., they become…"
2nd month 17, 2012
Margaret Banford replied to Tom Smith's discussion 'A Friends School as a Community' in the group Friends Schools & Education
"I like this!"
1st month 22, 2012
Tom Smith commented on Patricia Barber's blog post 'The Odd Man at the Dinner Party'
"I will not spend much time or words on the topic, but just wanted to interject that exclusionary practices are alive and well even at the Yearly Meeting level. 6 churches withdrew from Western Yearly Meeting in the last couple of years (in VERY…"
12th month 6, 2011
Tom Smith replied to Mary Lindsey's discussion 'Contemplative Quaker' in the group Liberal Quakers
"To me the issue is not an either - or. As I read Friends history, as well as the Gospels, the "activists" who seemed to be most "successful" were often those who were quite contemplative. Jesus, who was clearly an activist at…"
11th month 7, 2011
Anne Laurie commented on Tom Smith's blog post 'Myth of Midwestern Quakerism'
"Ah, the remoteness. I have experienced that in some Meetings, but my own seems to attract people who are already active in working directly with houseless people, hungry people, and others. Missoula has its full complement of agencies who administer…"
10th month 30, 2011
Tom Smith replied to Caroline Whitbeck's discussion '"Primitive Christianity", What Did Original Friends Mean by it?'
"I have been looking quite a bit at what is going on in Indiana and Western Yearly Meetings with the essential "dissolving" of these Yearly Meetings and possible major realignments. Some believe they are the "true" QUAKERquakers…"
10th month 12, 2011
Tom Smith replied to Kathy Summers's discussion 'Willy sees "that of God in everyone."'
"Only if he is dyslexic.  "
10th month 3, 2011
Tom Smith replied to Caroline Whitbeck's discussion '"Primitive Christianity", What Did Original Friends Mean by it?'
"To me "primitive Christianity" and the "long night of apostasy" refer to the "community" of "believers" in which they believed Christ was present in ALL his "offices" and thus no other prophet,…"
10th month 3, 2011

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To Whom Do We Listen?

Posted on 2nd mo. 10, 2011 at 8:57pm 3 Comments

To Whom Do We Listen?    by Tom Smith        Quaker Life, March 1979, p.19



You have heard that it has been said, an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth: But I say unto you that you resist not evil, but whosoever shall build up their nuclear weapons, take down all your defensive weapons. And if any man will sue you at the law to obtain open housing, offer your help in buying him a house in your neighborhood. And whosoever shall compel you to work eight hours a day, work for him… Continue

Myth of Midwestern Quakerism

Posted on 5th mo. 15, 2010 at 6:16pm 3 Comments



I have uncovered some older writings that I will post on the blog "Seeker of Truth and Reality" occasionally as a "track record" of my own search.



This was written and read in 1969, at the age of 25, when I was Clerk of West Branch Quarterly Meeting in Indiana Yearly Meeting. IYM was reorganizing from Quarterly to Regional Meetings and this was the last Meeting of West Branch QM. Most of my current views are remarkably similar 40 years later. This… Continue

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At 9:54am on 7th mo. 1, 2010, Pastor Samuel Muderhwa said…
Dear Tom

thanks for the good works you are doing

Samuel
At 2:05pm on 5th mo. 4, 2010, Rosemary Gould said…
Thanks for telling me about yourself, Tom! I'm a homeschooling mom with 3 kids. I'd like to learn more about your virtual school. I was raised Catholic in a mixed catholic/jewish household where neither of my parents were actually believers. I went back to the church as an adult and became converted then. About 7 years ago I felt commanded ("led" is really too weak a word) to leave and try the local Friends Meeting, which is unprogrammed and liberal. I love my meeting and I'm also very interested in learning more about and participating in this convergent movement.
 
 
 

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