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The Wrong Turn

The only reason to learn to "wait your turn" or "take turns" is because of the wrong turn humanity took towards individuality. The ancient wisdom of Anaximander(the first scientist) that things(and people) pay the penalty of injustice(individuality) according to the disposition of time is more simply cited by Schopenhauer as "a wrong" that humankind perpetuates in the name of self-fulfillment.

That Quakerism has gotten lost in individual discernment of paths to righteousness when our…


Added by Clem Gerdelmann on 4th mo. 21, 2014 at 7:30am — No Comments

Let us practice positation

"But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing." (James 1:25)

I have the heart of an artist. I was raised in the collaborative community of the theater. I received professional training as a theater director. The culture of creativity I come from encouraged, rather than criticized, the exercise of intuition and initiative. This may seem foreign to the dominant…


Added by H. Wayne Williams on 4th mo. 19, 2014 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment



     I am Galileo and social media is my telescope. I have been observing the relationship of the various spheres in the constellation of your social life through my telescope. These consist of three spheres of what has…


Added by Jean Yeager on 4th mo. 19, 2014 at 12:56pm — No Comments

Some seed fell on stony ground

When it comes to seed falling on stony ground Jesus said it all when he explained that the seed falling on stony or rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once receives it with joy.  But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away.…


Added by James C Schultz on 4th mo. 18, 2014 at 10:51am — 5 Comments

Indeed, in the grace of the Lord, and the principle of his life, there is sufficiency

George MacDonald in his 'Cross Purposes and the Shadows" writes:

... for many things we never could believe, have only to happen,  and then there is nothing strange about them.

The awakening into a new way of being through the illumination of consciousness and conscience by the inward Light is unbelievable outside the experience. However, when the Light shines within the soul it is as natural as the former life outside the Light.

Lately,  as I…


Added by Keith Saylor on 4th mo. 17, 2014 at 2:25pm — 2 Comments

The Case of Constructive vs. Principled

Constructive: Affirming the Einsteins on the Court of Quaker Opinion, we follow the course of experimentation to arrive at truth.

Principled: Strange, then, that Einstein formed theories, as "special relativity", based on elementary principles.

Constructive: Experiments, like the double-slit, allow quantum leaps in an explanation of reality.

Principled: Supplying the "How" but not the "Why" of truth, as explanation is not understanding of reality.



Added by Clem Gerdelmann on 4th mo. 17, 2014 at 7:00am — No Comments

Quakerism's inherent subversion of the state

In part as a response to comments on a recent QuakerQuaker post about whether Friends should engage the political system at all, this post is meant to stimulate further…


Added by Matt on 4th mo. 15, 2014 at 6:32am — No Comments

Today's Untouchables: Sex Offenders

Sex offenders are the foremost pariahs of our current day. In opinion polls, even intravenous drug users place higher. A recent series of high profile cases involving child sexual abuse have revealed the maddening frequency…

Added by Kevin Camp on 4th mo. 14, 2014 at 10:30am — 9 Comments

Perhaps Aporia

Plato's "Symposium" presents the original poverty of humanity("Penia") as gaining the advantage over the intoxicating abundance of culture("Poros") in order to create the unanswerable query/mystery("Eros").

No wonder Friends have difficulty in both identifying and naming The Word Made Flesh. No wonder science scratches its head at the puzzle that is nature and nurture. No wonder the human body, an open-armed image of the cross, is the doubted means to salvation.



Added by Clem Gerdelmann on 4th mo. 14, 2014 at 7:30am — No Comments

The Case of Energy vs. Matter

Energy: In the Spirit of Quaker Opinion, we propose, for the Court's consideration, the energy of life.

Matter: The positive force of matter or the negative force of gravity?

Energy: Er, well, we're speaking, then, of the spiritual energy of life.

Matter: Again, the positive or the negative sort?

Energy: The sort that some people have tapped into for spiritual understanding.

Matter: As they understand how positive and negative forces of energy…


Added by Clem Gerdelmann on 4th mo. 10, 2014 at 6:30am — No Comments

" ... without reference to any gathered people ..."

John Barclay 

Hastings, in Sussex, 8th mo. 1837

Many there are, who have retired from all other persuasions and systems, and walk much alone in religion, and these often say, Friends are not what they once were; that they unite with G. Fox, Barclay, &c, but not with modern Friends. Many hidden, precious, seeking characters there are, scattered up and down ; so that I have been ready to think the messengers will have to go more into the highways…


Added by Keith Saylor on 4th mo. 9, 2014 at 1:18pm — No Comments

Response to George Amos's post "Only Love Remains"

“But today we know that Paul’s expectation of God’s imminent kingdom, an expectation which he seems to have shared with Jesus and his disciples, was mistaken. Injustice, horror, and death have not been vanquished; the “new heavens and new earth in which justice dwells” (2 Pet. 3:13) have not appeared. The possibility of faith and hope as Paul understood them is ended for us not by the eschaton but by its failure.”

I disagree with this conclusion, George. If one looks outward at social…


Added by Patricia Dallmann on 4th mo. 9, 2014 at 10:56am — No Comments



     I am your mask. Inside me is the other person you're working on becoming - the imperfect, but REAL you. Inside your mask is your true character. Or so you hope.  You went with that common advice -'fake it until you make…


Added by Jean Yeager on 4th mo. 8, 2014 at 6:20am — 1 Comment

The Story of Jesus Matters More

Over the weekend, I watched a well-made documentary. It discussed how the language and content of the New Testament changed considerably from the time of Jesus to hundreds of years later. During the program, multiple biblical scholars were interviewed, and many of them disputed the…


Added by Kevin Camp on 4th mo. 7, 2014 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

Reconciling My Faith With Being Gay

ESR student Justimore Musombi - originally from Kenya - delivered the following message in ESR Worship on March 27, 2014. 



Added by Earlham School of Religion on 4th mo. 7, 2014 at 8:44am — No Comments

That Which Is Eternal

Please join me in looking to that which is eternal. This is not the new season of your favorite TV show. This is not your latest "take" on life or health or even spirituality. This is especially not your mind - that Friends rarely but truly speak to now and again(especially at YM or Conference Sessions).

"That of God" is that which is eternal - or have you forgotten that the real you/personality is meant to live forever? Are you ready and willing to have the real you known by…


Added by Clem Gerdelmann on 4th mo. 7, 2014 at 7:30am — No Comments

How to Serve as God's Representative

You must not be proud of one of God’s teachers more than another. What are you so puffed up about? What do you have that God hasn’t given you? And if all you have is from God, why act as though you are so great, and as though you have accomplished…


Added by Kevin Camp on 4th mo. 5, 2014 at 2:29pm — 1 Comment

Lenten Meditation

This is the fifth meditation on the various panels of the Passion of Christ fresco in the church of Tenna, Switzerland. The fresco was painted by an unknown artist around 1408. It was intended as an illustrated bible for the predominantly illiterate settlers and mountain farmers in this remote valley of Switzerland.…


Added by Othmar Ferdinand Arnold on 4th mo. 5, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Guns v. Butter?

FCNL is at it again in their latest video. On the one hand, they rightly question maintaining ridiculously high military spending and the Pentagon's efforts to hold on to higher budgets in times of relative peace. On the other hand, however, they employ an outmoded "guns v. butter" approach to the federal budget, suggesting that any reduction in military spending should necessarily lead to a spending spree for any number of other priorities - this is what they call "The Peace…


Added by Matt on 4th mo. 2, 2014 at 12:37pm — No Comments



     We were raised on fairy tales, loose parts and pocketknives. Our breakfast cereal was robbery served in refrigerator cardboard boxes. We treasured “potential-filled junk”. We were inventors, heroes, bad guys, prisoners and monsters. Someone suffered - tragically. There were bruises earned by freedom and exploration. We lunched on possibilities and inspiration. We roamed mountain tops and captured…


Added by Jean Yeager on 4th mo. 1, 2014 at 3:49pm — 2 Comments

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