Primitive Christianity Revived, Again
Although US president Barack Obama is not a direct descendant of the Anglo-American slave trade, his abolitionist stance versus nuclear weapons is consistent with abolitionist values championed by a few Quakers in Underground Railroad times.
You may be thinking "a few Quakers" is an understatement given Friends had disowned all slave-owning by around the early 1800s, pre Civil War. Good point, however the US Government took the position that slavery was legal at the time, and indeed…Continue
Added by Kirby Urner on 5th mo. 27, 2016 at 11:30am — No Comments
Chapter 25 of Minding the Light: Our Collective Journal is now available online and attached as a PDF file, below. For this chapter, we invited Friends to respond to the query, "When has the Light urged you to speak out or stand up for something?" In response, we received six stories, one from a 9-year old Friend.
What stories rise for you as you sit this query? We invite you to read these stories and consider sharing your response on QuakerQuaker, either as a…Continue
Added by Sally Gillette on 5th mo. 26, 2016 at 11:00pm — No Comments
I have been actively absent from the blogosphere for some time now. Back in the ancient of days I had a quite sustained blog presence. I have from time to time returned to blogging but each time I have faltered and left again.
I think a big part of this is my awareness of how very public the space is with a very narrow audience. Blogs take a while to take off and most do not cultivate a massive following. Meanwhile what you say and do here is publicly accessible. My attempts to do a…Continue
Added by David McKay on 5th mo. 21, 2016 at 9:00am — No Comments
The following blog post offers some excerpts from the new work and invites Friends to…Continue
Added by Mike Shell on 5th mo. 16, 2016 at 4:30pm — No Comments
I'm asking an open-ended query, accepting in advance that some Friends may have made up their minds on this question (see title), whereas many more will have never posed such a query to themselves.
We might as well give it some time to season, invite feedback.
As Clerk of IT Committee for NPYM, it's a part of my designated role to invite open forum on such questions, debate if you will, worship-sharing, worship-discussion.
For more context: …
The circumstances of my life at this moment is that I spend a much time in the natural world and with many people. In these meetings and greetings with individuals and the various forms in the natural world, there is an ever-present and abiding grace. There was a time when the visible things of the natural world…
As always, please post comments on the blog instead of here, so all the readers will benefit from your remarks.
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My partner’s mother hails from conservative small town Texas. Now pushing seventy, I’ve heard her tell the same story on numerous occasions. It must have left quite a lasting impression, as I hear it every time I’m visiting family during the holidays. The latest retelling is…Continue
I have been reading an e-book called "Convergent Model of Renewal".
As I understand it thus far, the future of Quakerism is a kind of hybrid of Episcopalian, liberation theologian and furry cosplayer.
Mind you, this is probably the most hopeful suggestion I have heard in years...
There are many of us who are witnessing (living in) an existence wherein our conscious, conscience, meaning, purpose, and identity is established in imminent awareness itself in itself without regard to outward ideas, institutions, scriptures, persons, in political, religious, or economic contexts. To testify to this way of existence is not in itself an act of judgementalism against an existence anchored in outward forms. It is merely sharing another way of existence.
Here is a…Continue
Announcing the opening of a new blog sponsored by the Santa Monica Religious Society of Friends
Last Sunday, March 3, SMFM’s new blog on inequality was unveiled at the Adult Education meeting, following Fellowship. The clerk of the subcommittee of Peace and Social Action formed to study Inequality, Tim Vreeland, made the presentation to a small but appreciative audience using the house television…Continue
Added by Thomas Reed (Tim) Vreeland on 4th mo. 22, 2016 at 8:34pm — No Comments
Walking the shelves of my local library, I was surprised to find a label on a book that said "Christian Fiction." It was just above the regular label that makes books findable in the stacks.
Topsham Public Library puts labels on fiction that say FIC, and then below that, again in caps, the first three initials of the author's last name: JAM for a book by Marlon James that I'm reading now. Across the river, Brunswick Public Library puts labels on fiction that say FIC, then…Continue
Sarah is Assistant Professor of History at San Francisco State University and author of Holy Nation: The Transatlantic Quaker Ministry in an Age of Revolution (University of Chicago Press, 2015). …Continue
Added by Matt on 4th mo. 11, 2016 at 6:25am — No Comments
There are many of us today whose way of existence or awareness on earth is inherently anchored. That is, our conscious or awareness is inherent in itself and our conscience is formed or informed inherently; our identity, meaning, and purpose is in direct and unmediated awareness itself in itself. This inherent existence is sufficient in itself to sustain awareness and to sustains our identity, meaning, and purpose in all things on this earth. We experience life on earth somewhat like…Continue
Added by Hoot Williams on 4th mo. 8, 2016 at 5:30pm — No Comments
For the sake of full disclosure and complete transparency, let me state for the record my religious past. I was raised, baptized, and confirmed a United Methodist. At the age of seventeen, well into teenage rebellion, I became a heathen Unitarian Universalist. This lasted for…Continue
~from the Novena to Saint Benedict
Early spring at the Weston Priory, a Benedictine monastery in Vermont, the monks garden is spare. You will note the bricks in the foreground with the message to “pray”.…Continue
Some years ago in a lecture series on the Bible given at Pendle Hill, a speaker urged Friends to take back the Bible from the fundamentalists.With more than a decade having passed since that time, Quakers, for the most part, continue to forfeit our responsibility to interpret Scriptures in our particular way, through waiting for guidance from the same Spirit that brought them forth. For too long we have discounted the Scriptures’ use as a reality…Continue
I will be playing the hireling minister at our local United Church this morning. So for those who object to prepared sermons I apologize now. I'm posting the text in part because I think it speaks to the character of our religious experiences somewhat and so may be of interest to some.
Now our Bibles are whole libraries of stories stretching across thousands of years of storytelling and seasoned liberally with poems, and laws, regulations and promises. But in case you…