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Grief Counseling for In-Laws

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.-Isaiah 41:10

The above verse is enclosed more for my partner and her family than myself. My regular readers…


Added by Kevin Camp on 10th mo. 17, 2016 at 12:11pm — 1 Comment

Radical Spirituality - the early history of the Quakers

Are there any here who are participating in this online course moderated by Ben Pink Dandelion? We are moving into the third week but anyone can join. It is worth the time and effort.

Link to info:

Added by Keith Saylor on 10th mo. 15, 2016 at 5:58pm — 1 Comment

Rediscovering the Teaching of George Fox: The Place of George Fox in Christian History

 Lewis Benson began his lecture series Rediscovering the Teaching of George Fox at Moorestown Meeting in New Jersey in the fall of 1982. The first lecture in this series is titled "The Place of George Fox in Christian History." It is now available for reading on the New Foundation Fellowship website, and can be accessed through Ellis Hein's introduction: …


Added by Patricia Dallmann on 10th mo. 15, 2016 at 11:08am — 5 Comments

On Being a Muslim Quaker

As an Ancient Briton with a deep interest in spirituality, sometime in the late 1980s I wrote an article for the little Quaker Universalist journal on why, as  Muslim, I became a Quaker.  

Since then I have grown even more ancient, and write little  - and due to a year in which I've already had three major surgical operations I am still in recovery mode.  And, unable now to drive, I cannot get to my local Quaker Meeting in Fremantle, Western Australia. But I still feel part of it, and…


Added by Salamah Siti Pope on 10th mo. 15, 2016 at 12:18am — 1 Comment

"The Universal Mechanism for Ministry to Seniors," by Larry Spears

Originally published on Quaker Universalist Conversations

The Description, Checklist and Comments portions of this blog post are all available as a downloadable PDF file:…


Added by Mike Shell on 10th mo. 10, 2016 at 5:00pm — 5 Comments

Reflections on Worship

Carol, my mom, shared one of two spoken ministries in Meeting for Worship last First Day. 

I found out about it second hand, as my job, as her chauffeur, was to obtain new triple-A batteries for her hearing device (she's 87) and pack her lunch, so she could eat a bit during Peace & Social Concerns, leaving early to make a concert downtown. I did this during worship.

Anyway, I gather she shared about the threat of WW3 breaking out, which you'll see all over Youtube as a hot,…


Added by Kirby Urner on 10th mo. 10, 2016 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments

Third Haven Friends ... Easton, Maryland

I attended Third Haven Friends Meeting in Easton, Maryland yesterday. One hour of silent meeting goes by too quickly. The sense of history anchors the experience of place.

Added by Keith Saylor on 10th mo. 3, 2016 at 5:28am — 1 Comment

Doing Our Part

A year and a half ago I wrote an essay titled “The Only Antidote,” in which I argued for the need to think critically: to use natural powers of reason and conscience to honor, discern, and communicate the truth. Referring to Hannah Arendt’s understanding of the cause behind the rise of Fascism and also referring to a Bible story of John the Baptist’s execution by Herod, I pointed to the crucial and perennial role of critical thought in containing the spread of evil.

Although critical…


Added by Patricia Dallmann on 10th mo. 2, 2016 at 8:50am — 5 Comments

Lay down all outward weapons of war ... physical and ideological.

Lay down outward ideological weapons as you lay laid down outward hardware of war. Stop ideological warfare nurtured in the nursery of the outward political, religious, social, and economic, powers and principles of this world.

Christ is come again into this world, inshining into our conscious and conscience. This inshining is an unwinding from a conscious anchored in and a conscience informed around the orbits of outward religious, political, social, and economic, ideological… Continue

Added by Keith Saylor on 9th mo. 25, 2016 at 11:19am — No Comments

Online Version of William Rogers 1680 text "The Christian Quaker..."

In 1680 Friend William Rogers published a book documenting why some founding Friends were not of the same conscience as George Fox (and those who followed him) concerning the institutionalization of the gathering of Friends by establishing a specific set of outward forms and practices.

The following links comprise the whole of Rogers' work in the form of a facsimile of the original text. This is not a modernized form of the text. It is a copy I have compiled of the 17th century text… Continue

Added by Keith Saylor on 9th mo. 24, 2016 at 1:00am — 2 Comments

Haiku for today

Bees work on yellow

centers with a focused joy.

May I live so true.

Added by Laura Lewis-Barr on 9th mo. 23, 2016 at 10:05am — No Comments

Story for you from a Quaker retired in Mexico:

     Living in Mexico                

     When we arrived at “our farm.” three Adventist children that we know well came over, as they always do, to…


Added by Quentin Kirk on 9th mo. 22, 2016 at 10:40am — 1 Comment

New essay at NFF: The Antipathy Between Prophecy and Religion

Lewis Benson was a Friend of the last century whose life's work was the study and interpretation of George Fox's writings and the presentation of their meaning and significance to modern Quakers. Workers who have joined in this labor go by the name of New Foundation Fellowship. At our website, we have opened a new resource of Benson's writings, and we will add new essays every so often. Our first offering is titled "The Antipathy Between Prophecy and Religion"; it can be…


Added by Patricia Dallmann on 9th mo. 13, 2016 at 8:51am — No Comments

Revisiting 911

[ originally from my Grain of Sand ]

I think I'll do a 9-11 post a couple days early.  That's my wedding anniversary, true for many.  We booked the Rhododendron Garden, and although we had a backup plan, in case it rained, it didn't. That was 1993.

My parents suffered their car crash, fatal to my dad, in October, 2000.  I'd been to Lesotho to help with the aftermath, Julie taking over.  On September 11,…


Added by Kirby Urner on 9th mo. 10, 2016 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Option "SURE"

 >> The ... to increase its monthly charge by 140 percent

- Move to gSites - it's free. While it is less fancy,  for this kind of organisation may prove even better.
  Quakers are still know for simplicity.

Added by Jon Pol on 9th mo. 10, 2016 at 10:30am — 3 Comments

Big changes coming but need your help!

Hi QuakerQuaker readers,

The biggest changes in half a decade are coming to QuakerQuaker. The service that powers the main website is about to increase its monthly charge by 140 percent. When I first picked Ning to host the three-year-old QuakerQuaker project in 2008, it seemed like a smart move. Ning had recently been founded by tech world rock stars with access to stratospheric-level funds. But it never quite got traction…


Added by QuakerQuaker on 9th mo. 9, 2016 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Why not preach Philemon?

ESR's Stephen Angell delivered the following message during worship on September 6, 2016:
Although Paul’s epistle to Philemon is one of the Scriptural texts suggested by the Revised…

Added by Earlham School of Religion on 9th mo. 9, 2016 at 8:43am — No Comments

New Circuit Designs for Motherboard Earth

[ originally on wholesys-l discussion list in 1995, later published by Electronic Frontier Foundation and a Mensa newsletter in Canada. Early "manifesto" introducing "GST" (general systems theory) ]…


Added by Kirby Urner on 9th mo. 5, 2016 at 11:00am — 29 Comments

Every moment is worhip.

Every moment is worship.

The inshining Light is immanently present in all things throughout the day, even the most mundane. While I Preserve fruits and vegetables, I am in worship. While I spend time with other people I am in worship.

It occurs to me that I am always in worship. I do not go somewhere or someplace to worship. I do not set up special times or practices to facilitate worship. I am in worship wherever or in whatever place I happen to be.

This… Continue

Added by Keith Saylor on 9th mo. 5, 2016 at 12:17am — No Comments

From a Quaker retired in Mexico on his wife's birthday:

Leaving Home Long ago a very young Blanca got up at 4 am in a deep Mexican countryside, boarded an ancient grandfather bus, waved goodbye to sad parents through grimy, cracked windows. This bus with a front nose whose hood must be raised occasionally for man/machine dialogues, followed winding rutted roads up, up, up bump, sway. Sudden fog, then clear, then fog, tilting, jarring, dirt horse roads, rocks, cliffs, strange leaves larger than herself, sudden vistas hundreds of blue mountains,…


Added by Quentin Kirk on 9th mo. 3, 2016 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

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