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Culture of Militarism

I was speaking with college students recently about the culture of militarism in the United States. To quote Joseph Gainza of Marshfield, who led the American Friends Service Committee in Vermont for over 15 years and who founded Vermont Action for Peace, “(one way) of looking at other people,…

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Added by Roger Vincent Jasaitis on 4th mo. 24, 2015 at 12:30pm — No Comments

When Friends Disappoint

I must confess, at the outset, that I only have the energy to relay this disappointing tale one more time. The last three days have been a strain but today I am able to sweep away some of the feelings of betrayal. I find it difficult to…

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Added by Kevin Camp on 4th mo. 22, 2015 at 11:30am — 34 Comments

The Field of Forms

I once dreamt I was standing on a peak overlooking a large field surrounded by forest. People populated the whole of the field and among the people were various individuals talking and espousing a particular belief or way of life. As they spoke, a mist came from their mouths and encompassed some of those listening. This mist had an atmosphere and economy of its own. Those who breathed the mist became enchanted by it so that their very identity and meaning was made of the stuff of this mist.…

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Added by Keith Saylor on 4th mo. 21, 2015 at 12:19pm — No Comments

The Dominion of Christ ... Being or Consciousness Transformed.

In a recent post, Doug Bennett wrote:

“Stillness is a spiritual discipline (like Mass, like walking the labyrinth, like fasting, like praying, like hymn singing, etc.). Friends don’t see it as a tradition, but rather as an essential practice for their worship together. ”

Silence or Stillness as a Spiritual Discipline

I have been reading James…

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Added by Keith Saylor on 4th mo. 20, 2015 at 4:01pm — No Comments

Toward living water, worship, Spirit & Truth

My devotional reading today was from John’s gospel.  Chapter four starts with Jesus meeting a woman at a well in a town in Samaria.  I actually read the notes in my study Bible this time.  They led me to this history of how the Jews came to disrespect Samaritans:

    ....every nation still made gods of its own and put them in the shrines of the high places that the people of Samaria had made .... They also worshiped the Lord and appointed from among t…

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Added by Jay Thatcher on 4th mo. 17, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments

We are the Church

Have you ever wondered why we don't call our Friends Meeting a Church? George Fox, one of the founders of The Society of Friends (Quakers), used to call the Churches in England steeple houses. His idea, radical at the time, was that the Church is the people.

There is a Zen Buddhist proverb that says; The Zen that is at the top of a mountain, is…

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Added by Roger Vincent Jasaitis on 4th mo. 16, 2015 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

"The Universality of Christ" (Excerpts)

Friends,

Wayne Ferguson has shared with Quaker Universalist Conversations several posts from Getting to Know Jesus in the 21st Century. In his introduction to the blog, he writes:…

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Added by Mike Shell on 4th mo. 15, 2015 at 2:36pm — No Comments

SELECTING OMENS



We modern people know that we are in total control of stock markets, employee relationships, the healthiness of our product / service, the weather, climate, earthquakes, disease, childhood illness, love for one another and war and that we have no need of omens. That's old superstitious bunkum that has no place in today's corporate world.  Omens? C'mon.!?…

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Added by Jean Yeager on 4th mo. 11, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments

SELECTING OMENS

We modern people know that we are in total control of stock markets, our Meeting for Business, employee relationships, the healthiness of our product / service, the weather, climate, earthquakes, disease, childhood illness, love for one another and war and our Meeting's relationship with world events that we have no need of omens. That's old superstitious bunkum that has no place in today's corporate world.  Omens? C'mon.!?…

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Added by Jean Yeager on 4th mo. 11, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments

First Day Reflections on "The Bread of Life"

I saw this message on a plaque recently; Grace isn’t a little prayer you say before a meal. It’s a way to live. Do you give thanks or say Grace before “breaking bread”? Where does this custom come from? This painting Saying Grace from Norman Rockwell speaks to the way that a lot of…

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Added by Roger Vincent Jasaitis on 4th mo. 10, 2015 at 11:13am — 2 Comments

Bell Hooks, Courtney Hoffman, and Memories Pizza

Some thoughts on feminism, Quakerism, and voluntaryism

In the 2004 book The Will to Change: Men, Masculinity, and Love, bell hooks seeks to build a bridge between…

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Added by Matt on 4th mo. 8, 2015 at 2:02pm — 2 Comments

Fortuna, Intuited Being or Presence

Spent the evening in Fortuna, CA. This morning, there is an overwhelming Grace that fills the spaces between activities; there is a contiguous (ever Present) Being anchoring conscious in itself and conscience embraces various renderings through intuitive momentum. The wheel of fortune ever tumbling is overridden by the eternal nature of a life in Presence itself ... unpredicated by the tumblings of Fortuna's outward wheel. 

Oh, what a blessing to know a life unpredicated; a…

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Added by Keith Saylor on 4th mo. 7, 2015 at 11:13am — No Comments

When There is No There There in a House of Worship



This past Easter Sunday I decided to skip Quaker Meeting and attend a high church Episcopal service instead. My religious past was low church Protestant, as is true for most of the American South. I was raised in a very humble Methodist church with a few ornate trappings here and there, most of which…

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Added by Kevin Camp on 4th mo. 7, 2015 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

Let's Have Tea

This is an article in the form of a brief Memoir that I have written in respects to my Mother Nora Ruth Roberts who is a direct descendant of Henry James and William James.

I am open to any comments, this maybe my own soul searching on how the life of a writer can be painful, and is far from perfect. I am interested in your experience, strength and hope being that my Mother is now living in a nursing home.

Let’s…

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Added by Robben Wainer on 4th mo. 6, 2015 at 3:00am — No Comments

Bread of Life

I have a tradition of baking Polish Easter bread (babka) for Easter Sunday that I share with family and neighbors. This custom is carried on throughout Ukraine, Poland and Belorussia to celebrate the rising of…

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Added by Roger Vincent Jasaitis on 4th mo. 3, 2015 at 12:08pm — No Comments

SLOW BLIND

http://threesimplequestions.blogspot.com/2015/04/slow-blind.html

Slowness is like the sunset and the darkness emerging. If you stand on the edge of a lake watching for the sunset, you look for the moment at which darkness overtakes the light. Even if you do not get distracted, you will  sometimes miss the moment because your consciousness flips from one to the other. We don’t…

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Added by Jean Yeager on 4th mo. 3, 2015 at 6:53am — No Comments

"Unnatural Phenomenon," by Kathleen Stocking

Called a "rural seer" by the New York Times in 1991, Kathleen Stocking left Michigan's Leelanau Peninsula, took her powers of perception on the road, taught in the prisons and homeless shelters of California, taught in a scary private school in El Salvador, managed two tours in the Peace Corps, traveled, discovered a world increasingly without borders due to the Internet, and finally came home…

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Added by Mike Shell on 4th mo. 1, 2015 at 10:00pm — No Comments

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