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"My ‘Tis of Thee Country – What It Means to Be an American," by Kathleen Stocking

Peter M. Leschak wrote the following in a review of Kathleen Stocking’s 1991 book, Letters from the Leelanau: Essays of People and Place: “All of us are watchers, but few are observers. Missing are the village elders and seers, the astute perceivers who interpreted life and effort through nature and the primal cycles. Kathleen Stocking is one of those seers, and she’s…

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Added by Mike Shell on 6th mo. 26, 2015 at 4:11pm — No Comments

QUF Blog July-August Topic: Quaker universalism and intimate relationships

Friends,

The Quaker Universalist Fellowship blog has adjusted its July-September schedule of topics in order to allow more time for contributions from readers. We’ve also added a topic for September.

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July- August 2015 — Quaker universalism and…

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Added by Mike Shell on 6th mo. 26, 2015 at 11:26am — No Comments

Transgender Mom, Cisgender Bullying

In a recent workshop on the Patriarchy at the Quaker resource center Pendle Hill, I met Chloe Schwenke, a woman I had come in contact with a year or so earlier at a queer Quaker conference. At first, I have to say that she fooled me. I believed her to be a cisgender woman, but was in fact a transwoman. That was merely a clueless…

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Added by Kevin Camp on 6th mo. 22, 2015 at 7:21am — No Comments

RECOGNIZING OUR LITTLENESS

A struggle between the "Big I" and the "little i".

http://threesimplequestions.blogspot.com/2015/06/recognizing-our-littleness.html

Added by Jean Yeager on 6th mo. 18, 2015 at 6:59am — No Comments

RECOGNIZING OUR LITTLENESS

http://threesimplequestions.blogspot.com/2015/06/recognizing-our-littleness.html

A struggle between our "Bi I" and "little i"

Added by Jean Yeager on 6th mo. 18, 2015 at 6:58am — No Comments

RECOGNIZING OUR LITLENESS

http://threesimplequestions.blogspot.com/2015/06/recognizing-our-littleness.html

WE HAVE TWIN SELVES - It is a struggle between my "Big I" and my "little i".  One likes to cast a black shadow during the Day and the other likes to cast a white shadow at Night.

Added by Jean Yeager on 6th mo. 18, 2015 at 6:57am — No Comments

Silent Summer

What is wrong with this picture? I looked out at a field of blooming clover and was struck by what I did not see…bees. No honeybees, no bumblebees, no wild bees of any species. No buzzing…silence but for the songbirds in the nearby trees.

What is wrong with this picture? This from an NBC article: Honeybees don’t just make honey; they pollinate more than 90 of the tastiest…

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Added by Roger Vincent Jasaitis on 6th mo. 16, 2015 at 2:30pm — 10 Comments

Step Up, Step Back





I admit I didn’t hear the phrase “step up, step back” until I was twenty-four years old. It was used in the context of the Anti-Oppression/Anti-Racism training of a group of young people of which I was a member. Put simply, it is a knowledge that men and women ought to have equal weight in group discussions. This is…

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Added by Kevin Camp on 6th mo. 15, 2015 at 5:47pm — No Comments

Organizing and Mobilizing in Today's World

We had spent the whole day, the whole conference, really, attaching vocabulary words in permanent marker to self-adhesive poster boards. If you read them, you'd see complicated terms like "hegemony", "Patriarchy", "coded politics", and the ever-popular "capitalism." They demonstrated a…

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Added by Kevin Camp on 6th mo. 14, 2015 at 11:00am — 6 Comments

FAILURE

http://threesimplequestions.blogspot.com/2015/06/failure.html

Failure is a tool used in the world to manipulate us. But what is the mission of Genuine Failure?

Added by Jean Yeager on 6th mo. 14, 2015 at 8:49am — No Comments

FAILURE

http://threesimplequestions.blogspot.com/2015/06/failure.html

WHAT IS THE MISSION OF FAILURE?
 No, not that first thing that came to mind - the REAL reason we experience failure? What does it give us? Really.

Added by Jean Yeager on 6th mo. 14, 2015 at 8:46am — No Comments

The Cul-de-sac

If you think of your meeting as being on a cul-de-sac you would understand that you have three types of people driving in front of your door: those who live there, those who are visiting; and those who are looking for someplace else. You don’t get much through traffic on a cul de sac and few people actually pass by it by mistake. Especially today with GPS/webpage availability.

If you have a Healthy Meeting you probably are not on a cul-de-sac. A healthy meeting is located on a through…

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Added by James C Schultz on 6th mo. 13, 2015 at 10:30pm — 1 Comment

Passionate Integrity: Quaker Youth in Action

Originally published on Quaker Universalist Conversations on 6/7/2015.

Young people often have a passion for acts of integrity in support of core spiritual and social values. They are willing and able to look past the cautious pragmatism of adult activists into the living heart of need, of want, of sorrow and of joy.

It’s not…

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Added by Mike Shell on 6th mo. 8, 2015 at 4:50pm — No Comments

God is Calling His People Home



I have a history of ministers in my bloodline, but not as extensively as, say, Martin Luther King, Jr., who was a fourth-generation preacher. My great-great-great-grandfather John Jackson Camp was a Methodist minister. My great-grandfather J.C. Smallwood was a Pentecostal minister. One of my religious mentors has consistently asked me to consider seminary, to follow in their footsteps, but I do not feel myself ready to enter the ministry yet. It is an often lonely…

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Added by Kevin Camp on 6th mo. 3, 2015 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Meeklings

Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.

Beatitudes

I read in the Atlantic Monthly this week that someone thought that this was the worst prediction of all time. My first thought was; unless it is the end of history, how would you know if it’s true?

Of course, if you look around today you would…

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Added by Roger Vincent Jasaitis on 6th mo. 2, 2015 at 11:05am — No Comments

Faith comes by hearing

Friends from a neighboring local meeting are uprooting themselves to follow a leading at an age when most of us are looking at brochures for retirement venues.   Another Friend couple try to follow their hart in establishing a Christ centered Friends Meeting in a major metropolitan area but can't find a neighboring Quaker Meeting to help them because of their belief that Jesus has something special to offer to the World as much today as He did back in the day.  It is refreshing to see…

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Added by James C Schultz on 6th mo. 1, 2015 at 8:30am — 11 Comments

Moral and Political War

Let us wage a moral and political war against war itself, so that we can cut military spending and use that money for human needs.

Bernie Sanders
 

About the photo; I…

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Added by Roger Vincent Jasaitis on 5th mo. 29, 2015 at 10:30am — No Comments

Chris Hedges Writes a Stinging Critique of the Idea of Progress

Greetings:

In a previous blog post on Progressive Quakers I noted that the progressives were fully immersed in the idea of progress; that things will inevitably get better and better.  And it was this idea of progress which allowed the progressives to undermine traditional Quaker Faith and Practice so effectively.  It was also this idea of progress which provided them with conceptual tools for their support of W.W. I.  Chuck Fager in his two books on Progressive Quakers seems to agree…

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Added by Jim Wilson on 5th mo. 27, 2015 at 11:00am — 3 Comments

Memorial Day Meeting Thoughts

Did you see all the fresh flowers and flags in the graveyards yesterday? Dust to dust, as they say. I was in the garden planting and thought how appropriate that here in Vermont, many people wait until Memorial Day to plant their gardens, past the danger of frost (usually). Life rising from…

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Added by Roger Vincent Jasaitis on 5th mo. 26, 2015 at 9:05am — No Comments

QUF May-June Blog Topic: Quaker Families

How do parents & young people experience Quakerism?

Friends,

Quaker Universalist Conversations invites both Quaker adults and young people growing up in Quaker families and meetings to share their thoughts in writing.

See our Submission Guidelines and email us at…

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Added by Mike Shell on 5th mo. 19, 2015 at 5:57pm — No Comments

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