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Art—An opportunity for collaboration with God

“Art is a collaboration between God and the artist, and the less the artist does the better.” ~ Andre Gide 

 I have always considered myself unfortunate because I don’t read as fast as some and not as smart as most but I thank God…

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Added by Bill Hendricks on 2nd mo. 8, 2016 at 7:18am — No Comments

Active Duty Friends

I was listening to another episode of NPR, government funded, actively recruiting women into the military, celebrating combat as glorious service for the Homeland. 

Drop everything, including your children if need be, when you hear the call.  Your country needs you.  Yours is not to reason why, yours is but to do or die.  These values start to disseminate as early as elementary school.…



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Added by Kirby Urner on 2nd mo. 5, 2016 at 11:30am — No Comments

Summer Cushman: Remembering the Light Within

"I had the opportunity to travel to Whittier Friends Church outside of LA this past weekend. I was invited by the dean of my seminary (Earlham School of Religion or ESR) to come and speak about entrepreneurial ministry, which is a name being applied to ministers…

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Added by Earlham School of Religion on 2nd mo. 5, 2016 at 9:00am — No Comments

Why We Can't Hide Behind Our Words

At the last stop along my religious journey, I was summoned to meet with the clerk of the Meeting and the alternate clerk. The reason was never expressed until I arrived, and I have to admit that it felt a little like I was being sent to the principal’s office. After I sat down and listened to…

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Added by Kevin Camp on 1st mo. 29, 2016 at 10:00am — 5 Comments

Freedom Friends Annual Report

 

Please follow link to FFC blog for report.

http://http://freedomfriends.blogspot.com/2016/01/11th-annual-state-of-church-report.html

Added by Alivia Biko on 1st mo. 24, 2016 at 11:31pm — No Comments

The Practice of the Presence ...

Brother Lawrence of the Resurrection served as a lay brother in a Roman Catholic monastery in Paris. Christians commonly remember him for the intimacy he expressed concerning his relationship to God as recorded in a book compiled after his death, the classic Christian text, The Practice of the Presence of God.…

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Added by Ed Lesnick on 1st mo. 24, 2016 at 8:04pm — No Comments

The professors of the world of Instrumentalities and the hijacking of consciousness itself.

The professors of politics, economics, and religion stand in the valley of human consciousness crying out for attention. They seek to capture the source of human conscious itself with their outward political, economic, and religious ideologies. They cry out "look here" and  "look there." They say: "Look to and trust in my outward prescriptions and I will remedy the ills (defined by me) of this world (way of existence)"

All these professors of politics, economics, and religion seek to…

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Added by Keith Saylor on 1st mo. 24, 2016 at 9:05am — 44 Comments

Being an "Out" Quaker

We know the meaning of "out" from LGBTQ discourse [1].  To be "out" about X is the opposite of being "in the closet" about it, i.e. secretive about X, whatever X is (sexual orientation or whatever).

In the dark past, "coming out" as a Quaker (Friend) could be costly, in terms of reputation, ability to hold on to property and so on, so many kept their convincement in the closet or revealed it only to close others, many of them likewise in the closet.

Nowadays, we suffer a…

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Added by Kirby Urner on 1st mo. 23, 2016 at 1:00pm — No Comments

RSoF Sends Notifies King: We Opt Out of Outward Wars

Posted to my Facebook profile this morning:

http://www.peacebuttons.info/E-News/peacehistoryjanuary.htm…

Today in history (some years ago), the Religious Society of Friends declared itself to The Man, notifying said "King" of their opt out policy w/r to SOWs (stupid outward wars -- redundant).

"Inward wars" e.g. the Lamb's War [tm], which is a war of the…

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Added by Kirby Urner on 1st mo. 21, 2016 at 2:46pm — No Comments

Open Letter In Support of Black Lives Matter

A share from putneyfriendsmeeting.org:

“Those of us who have grown up with a white identity in America have a particular challenge in that we have been conditioned not to notice the system of racism and white privilege. Our well intentioned attempts at color-blindness can have the unfortunate result of blinding us to the system of racism in which we unwittingly participate.”…

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Added by Roger Vincent Jasaitis on 1st mo. 21, 2016 at 2:27pm — 4 Comments

The Ultimate Sacrifice

If we are followers of Jesus, are we willing to emulate our Lord at the expense of our very well-being, our health? We know of Christians who are persecuted daily in far flung lands. We know of Friends who were jailed and even killed for their religious daring. Our faith reminds us of…

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Added by Kevin Camp on 1st mo. 20, 2016 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

TAMIR, HUCK AND THE SENSE OF ADVENTURE

What part of the human spirit sends the Tamirs to the most dangerous place near where they live, a small city park, so they can be alone and play and dream and imagine with a toy gun beneath a hard, bare, concrete picnic canopy littered with heroin needles? What sends Tamir into such a place where adults would not go alone? The sense of adventure.

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Added by Jean Yeager on 1st mo. 19, 2016 at 7:41am — No Comments

Who, Me?

It is Martin Luther King Day and I am thinking about how difficult it is to know our own worst capabilities.

I’ve been thinking about an experience in the 1980s. I was living near a Quaker day school that had an ugly, racist incident. The school community awoke one day to find a large surface on the school grounds had been painted with unquestionably racist graffiti. There were KKK-robed figures, there was an African-African head with a bullet traveling through it, there was the…

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Added by Doug Bennett on 1st mo. 18, 2016 at 11:00am — No Comments

Why I had to write this book ....

I do love our faith community, even the wooly thinking that sometimes erupts. We're all aware of our idiosyncrasies. We balance them against our good qualities and, after all (and here's an often unsaid but loudly thought bit of self-congratulation) - didn't we do a good job on slavery! And, it's true, we led the early movements, invented ethical consumption, and were critical to bringing legal slavery to an end.

And then ... we dropped the ball. Slavery never…

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Added by Kevin Bales on 1st mo. 16, 2016 at 9:01pm — No Comments

Is Religion Motivated by Guilt Trip?

The cynic rejects organized religion because of the perceived damage it creates to the believer. The atheist believes in no higher power, no higher authority. The atheist may observe nothing, but the cynic observes everything.

Certain biblical narratives in the life of Jesus could be said to…

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Added by Kevin Camp on 1st mo. 10, 2016 at 5:00pm — 12 Comments

Quaker survey, beliefs into practice

Hey folks,

Over on the Quakerism subreddit, a student showed up with a list of questions they needed to ask Quakers about our beliefs and how we put those beliefs into action. I suggested they make a form that could be shared around on here, Twitter, etc. since there are way more Quakers not-on-Reddit than on Reddit. They obliged. Here are their questions

Added by Mackenzie on 1st mo. 6, 2016 at 2:20pm — No Comments

NEW YEAR FIRE - FRIENDS BURN THEIR PASTS

 And, we are laughing and looking across the fire at each other, and talking. That’s how we keep our attention focused on the present and not worry about what’s in the dark and probably looking at us from the dark forest.

Some of us are hardwoods, dense, heavy, with thick layers of l’aubier, living sapwood.  Others of us…

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Added by Jean Yeager on 1st mo. 2, 2016 at 8:04pm — No Comments

Three Words for 2016

Last year, after some time in reflection, I chose three words as a focus for the year. It was a valuable exploration, so wanted to refresh with new words for 2016. Here's the post from my blog, Simplicity Process.

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Added by MaryBeth Smith on 1st mo. 2, 2016 at 10:00am — No Comments

God's DNA

A person experiences life as

something separated from the rest -

a kind of optical delusion of consciousness.

Our task must be to free ourselves

from this self-imposed prison,

and through compassion,

to find the reality of Oneness.

~Albert Einstein

This very Buddhist…

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Added by Roger Vincent Jasaitis on 12th mo. 31, 2015 at 1:34pm — 2 Comments

EBENEEZER SCROOGE AND THE GHOST OF CHRISTMAS PRESENT

How timely Dickens is.  What will become of them?

https://www.bublish.com/bubble/add/2918#

Added by Jean Yeager on 12th mo. 28, 2015 at 7:52pm — No Comments

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