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War Studies


That famous folk song that goes "ain't gonna study war no more" seems clearly in the back of the mind of our writer, Friend Wolf Mendl, as he opens with a defense: "Why would a Quaker, a subclass of Pacifist, study and/or play war games?"  Obviously, in order to end…

Added by Kirby Urner on 1st mo. 16, 2017 at 3:16pm — No Comments

Revelation vs. Opionion

Quakers talk about continuing revelation.  I think it's important to define your terms if you are going to have a serious discussion on a topic.  The following scripture involves what I understand a revelation to be:

Mat 16:15  He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?

Mat 16:16  And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.

Mat 16:17  And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not…


Added by James C Schultz on 1st mo. 12, 2017 at 12:09am — 13 Comments

“It is Well with My Soul”: A Journey of Grief and Faith

In this powerful reflection ESR MDiv student Anne M. Hutchinson shares about the loss of her son. 

Everything about that phone call felt wrong, even before I answered. It had started as an ordinary evening in April. I was in an empty classroom…

Added by Earlham School of Religion on 1st mo. 11, 2017 at 9:08am — 1 Comment

13th (movie review)

Friends gathered at the Stark Street meetinghouse for this public-invited showing of 13th, a widely distributed, award-winning documentary about the ongoing cultural and civil war in North America.

Although Lincoln declared the slaves free, an opening shot in his war to preserve the Union, the South was not on board with providing them with full human rights overnight.  Women couldn't vote yet either.  A system of apartheid…


Added by Kirby Urner on 1st mo. 8, 2017 at 1:30pm — 2 Comments

From the center to the periphery: Abiding Quaker

In the ninth chapter of the book of John we are given a story of a healing, a bestowal of sight to one who has been blind from birth. Unlike many of the healing stories found in the first three books of the New Testament, this story is more than a simple interchange between Jesus, the healer, and the one who is healed, for the individual’s…


Added by Patricia Dallmann on 1st mo. 7, 2017 at 12:00pm — No Comments

What should I do?

Originally published on Quaker Universalist Conversations (1/1/17).

I had a dream a few days ago, one of those rare wholly unambiguous dreams. It was a flying dream, but that’s not the relevant feature, just a plot device.

I was returning…


Added by Mike Shell on 1st mo. 3, 2017 at 9:35am — No Comments

Rediscovering the Teaching of George Fox: The Relation of Fox's Message to the Bible (lecture three)

In Fox’s teaching, however, the prophetic office of Christ becomes no less important than his priestly and kingly functions, and this shift of emphasis brings about a Copernican revolution in our understanding of who Jesus Christ is and how he saves people. ("The Relation of Fox's Message to the Bible" by Lewis Benson)

Since apostolic times, many differing Christologies have been presented by institutions and reformers, and various gospels have been preached. George Fox,…


Added by Patricia Dallmann on 12th mo. 31, 2016 at 12:04pm — No Comments

Compassion vs. Politics

When I was 38 years old I walked away from my political life, resigning as a local committeeman, to follow Jesus.  I re-examined my career and distanced myself from work that would, in my opinion at the time, hinder my spiritual development.  I knew my weaknesses and my desire to please people and did not want to constantly be fighting those weaknesses while trying to reprogram my life into a WWJD lifestyle. 

This course of action came at great cost financially and eventually led to…


Added by James C Schultz on 12th mo. 31, 2016 at 9:40am — 41 Comments

A response to Brian Drayton's blog post at amor vincat


"We sometimes forget all the tools Friends have used to make this happen. We have used these tools for centuries. They are the ways Friends teach, learn, experiment, and realize a testimony (in the sense of “make it real”)."

"These are not methods to force…


Added by Keith Saylor on 12th mo. 29, 2016 at 11:38am — 5 Comments

For God so loved the World

The one concept I love most about Christianity is that of a personal God.  One who knows and loves me personally.  One who would have died on the cross for me if I was the only one in the world; one who knew me before I was in my mother's womb; one who called me by name before I was born; and yet there it is: John  3:16 on billboards and placards at sporting events:  For God so loved the WORLD ......  I'm not an only child.  I have siblings whom God loves as much as I and how he treats me…


Added by James C Schultz on 12th mo. 26, 2016 at 11:58pm — 2 Comments

Why Santa is a bad role model

“He know when you are sleeping, he knows when you’re awake. He knows if you’ve been bad or good” 

 These are familiar words from the song Santa Claus is Coming to  Town. On Christmas day I saint_nicholas was thinking about the legend of Santa Claus which is based on Saint Nicholas. Saint Nicholas was a real…


Added by Roger Vincent Jasaitis on 12th mo. 26, 2016 at 2:40pm — 6 Comments

The Rose that Bare Jesu

There is no rose of such virtue 

As is the rose that bare Jesu. 

For in this rose contained was  

Heaven and earth in little space; 

Res miranda. [a wonderful thing] 

The angels sungen the shepherds to:

Gloria in excelsis Deo:

Gaudeamus. [Let us…


Added by Patricia Dallmann on 12th mo. 24, 2016 at 9:30am — No Comments

Adherence to a outward constructs like commitment to diversity and the cycle of a flawed process.

In a recent blog enters at Transition Quaker ( ) it is written:

"I hope that our commitment to diversity of religious belief and language might lead us to recognise that all of our views about God are limited, and need complementing by the differing insights and experiences of others. Instead of disputing whether God… Continue

Added by Keith Saylor on 12th mo. 23, 2016 at 8:48am — 2 Comments

Micah 6:8; walk humbly before thy God

Mic 6:8  He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?

This scripture came out of vocal ministry at our meeting a while back and has been a source of ongoing personal revelation for me since.  The latest revelation of its depth was an aspect of "to walk humbly with they God?"

I have a grandson who is always eager to show me how much he knows.  Whenever he learns something…


Added by James C Schultz on 12th mo. 20, 2016 at 3:44pm — 2 Comments

George Fox and the other first Quakers - From Recommendation to Imposition.

George Fox, in his Journal, records that God led him to "recommend" established and settled Meetings. He then set out to successfully see this recommendation through. In the course of sharing this recommendation, it happened, that George Fox, and those first Quakers who followed his recommendation, went beyond his leading from recommendation to imposition of settled outward forms over against the consciences of other first Quakers who were once in unity with him. This impostition took the form… Continue

Added by Keith Saylor on 12th mo. 11, 2016 at 4:00pm — 5 Comments

Spiritual Fruits Factor into Friends’ Business Success: 1650-1769

True godliness don’t turn men out of the world, but enables them to live better in it, and excites their endeavors to mend it.[1] - William Penn…


Added by Hoot Williams on 12th mo. 6, 2016 at 12:00pm — No Comments

New Woke

Edifying ...

Added by Keith Saylor on 12th mo. 5, 2016 at 1:35pm — No Comments

Why Quakers Revere Silence: An Answer in Part


Added by Kevin Camp on 12th mo. 5, 2016 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment


The Quaker Meeting that I am a member of considers a query each month as part of our spiritual discipline. On the first Sunday of each month, we read queries during worship inviting those attending to reflect on an aspect of our lives.  In December the queries address Peace and Reconciliation. One of these queries prompted these thoughts on the use of…


Added by Roger Vincent Jasaitis on 12th mo. 5, 2016 at 11:42am — No Comments

A Resurgence of Hope in Trump's America

Written originally for a Non-Quaker audience.

We as Americans are divided along political and ideological lines, surely, but what gets less attention is how divided we are along moral lines. Though I write as a person of faith, we are not yet so divorced from the…


Added by Kevin Camp on 12th mo. 3, 2016 at 10:08am — No Comments

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