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The Limitations of Communication [a short poem with a long title]

Words can also be obstactles
but telepathy fails
because most people can't
read their own minds.

Added by Forrest Curo on 9th mo. 16, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments

A Morning Pray. Watchful of the Perfect Day

On this day and in these moments:



May the Life and Presence of Christ enlighten our consciousness and conscious.

May we unite with and in Presence so that our life is in the Life itself and not predicated on outward beliefs, ideologies, theologies, practices, and secular or religious institutions.

May we know the perpetual watch in all things.

May we eat from the bread of Presence in and during our hourly relations.

May…

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Added by Keith Saylor on 9th mo. 15, 2014 at 9:54am — No Comments

Good News for People Who Like Bad News

I was 13 years old. The combined forces of high estrogen and high testosterone had turned my classmates into strange creatures, alien even to ourselves. We had no idea what to expect next from day to day, as we waited for the bus stop. The fact that we spent eight hours a day together in classrooms without windows and painted cinderblock walls made us feel claustrophobic, increasing the already stout pressures each of us felt, though we could barely speak of our feelings. I…

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Added by Kevin Camp on 9th mo. 15, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments

The Case of Re-veil vs. Revelation

Re-veil: Honoring and guarding the mystery of religious experience for the Court of Quaker Opinion, we adhere to the "absolute perhaps".

Revelation: A mystery is something that can not be understood in full. We do not put the veil back on, but continue to draw it back from the face of compassion.

Re-veil: We are open to the possibility of continuing revelation.

Revelation: But mess-with, more than mesh-with, what has already been unveiled.

Re-veil: Like a Deposit…

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Added by Clem Gerdelmann on 9th mo. 15, 2014 at 7:30am — No Comments

Why Do Quakers Have Testimonies?

ESR alum and current Richmond First Friends pastor Derek Parker delivered this message during worship there on Sunday, August 24, 2014:

[F]or many of us, when it came to religion, we were subtly taught never to…
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Added by Earlham School of Religion on 9th mo. 12, 2014 at 9:03am — No Comments

The Man of Peace

Well the man of Peace has spoken and everyone agrees we have to stop ISIS and kill them.  Recognizing that most US citizens don't want to see more of their loved ones and neighbors die or get maimed on foreign soil we are only going to use sophisticated weapons to degrade and obtain victory over this barbaric enemy.  This decision was preceded by publicizing atrocious acts perpetrated by the enemy on innocent or at least less militarily prepared, victims.  This raises the threshold of…

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Added by James C Schultz on 9th mo. 11, 2014 at 5:00pm — 6 Comments

Eating the bread of Presence ... the daily and hourly living Eucharist.

Eating the bread of Presence ... the daily and hourly living Eucharist.

This past couple weeks, I’ve been focused on giving talks about an endangered species. These talks have been in High School, Middle School, Elementary, and before that camping environments. Some days, I was giving one hour, back to back presentations, for up to six hours straight. The content and circumstance of the talk are not relevant. I wish to share with you a particular experience I had while right in the…

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Added by Keith Saylor on 9th mo. 11, 2014 at 5:00pm — 3 Comments

Christians and the problem of torture

ESR graduate Scot Miller is currently working to complete a Doctorate of Ministry at Western Theological Seminary. This is the second in a series of essays that are meant to contribute to that project.…

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Added by Earlham School of Religion on 9th mo. 10, 2014 at 8:27am — No Comments

The Making of a Donkey

First, assume that Quakerism is a "do-it-yourself" religion/movement. Next, assume that Quakerism is eclectic(universal/catholic is another animal entirely) regarding beliefs and practices. Thirdly, assume that you only have to follow that which you are personally comfortable and/or committed. And lastly, tether yourself to a post - for being docile or obstinate.

Added by Clem Gerdelmann on 9th mo. 8, 2014 at 6:30am — 12 Comments

When have you experienced the Light through your senses?

Chapter 19 of Minding the Light: Our Collective Journal is now available online and attached as a PDF file, below. For this chapter, we invited Friends to respond to the query,"When have you experienced the Light through your senses?  In response, we received 12 stories, a photo, a drawing, and a video.  

We invite you to read these stories for yourself. What stories rise for you as you sit with our latest query? Consider sharing your response on…

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Added by Sally Gillette on 9th mo. 6, 2014 at 7:55pm — No Comments

Timelessness

Do you feel that you do not have enough time for the important things in life? That time is not on your side?  Time is our construct. Perhaps I should say that our perception of time is our construction. Time is actually fluid. There is a principal called time dilation that is derived from Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity. …

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Added by Roger Vincent Jasaitis on 9th mo. 4, 2014 at 9:57am — No Comments

Christian ethics from a biblical standpoint

ESR graduate Scot Miller is currently working to complete a Doctorate of Ministry at Western Theological Seminary. This is the first of a series of essays that are meant to contribute to that project. 



"For many, it is…

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Added by Earlham School of Religion on 9th mo. 3, 2014 at 8:55am — No Comments

A solid foundation

This past weekend I and many others were blessed to spend it in the company of Jim Atwell as a fellow traveler on life's spiritual journey.  Jim is a cheerful and gifted Friend overflowing with love for everyone who has found a fitting home for his gifts and love within the Quaker community.  Jim has a serious physical ailment which he openly discusses in his book Wobbling Home ( …

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Added by James C Schultz on 9th mo. 2, 2014 at 4:30pm — 7 Comments

The Case of False vs. True Prophet

False: Imbued, as the Court of Quaker Opinion is full of it, with the divine imperative for humanity; this is boldness, for God's sake.

True: The son of man is imbued with a human imperative for God that is humble, for the sake of truth.

False: The son of God, as man, knows where his allegiance lies.

True: And so abandons what he is called to embrace for what has always been outside his grasp.

False: Putting yourself on the side of righteousness is pitting…

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Added by Clem Gerdelmann on 9th mo. 1, 2014 at 7:00am — 3 Comments

MY LOVE IS A TONE (HEART-TO-HEART)

http://threesimplequestions.blogspot.com/2014/08/love-is-tone-heart-to-heart.html

Are tones embodied in people?  Could the same feelings which I found in that note or music be incarnated in a  person?  What about love? Is love beyond the single tone? What is a conversation? The tone of a voice moving a heart?

Added by Jean Yeager on 8th mo. 30, 2014 at 11:54am — No Comments

ESR and Bethany Opening Convocation - August 28, 2014

Earlham School of Religion Assistant Professor and Director of the Ministry of Writing Program Ben Brazil delivers the message during the Opening Convocation for ESR and Bethany Theological Seminary. You can view the entire event…

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Added by Earlham School of Religion on 8th mo. 29, 2014 at 8:51am — No Comments

An Open Letter to My Meeting

The two hemispheres of my waking life are diametrically opposite. Finding intersection in my work can be managed, even as I notice the contradictions. The feminist and activist side of me wants to shake the world out of its complacency. Feminist discourse can be incredibly forceful, sometimes to…

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Added by Kevin Camp on 8th mo. 26, 2014 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

People's Climate March - Quakers can use #ClimateMarchQuakers hashtag

The hashtag #ClimateMarchQuakers has been created to facilitate conversation among Friends leading up to the People's Climate March, and to facilitate communication amongst marchers during the March itself. The People's Climate March will be held in Manhattan on Sunday, September 21, 2014, beginning at 11:30 am.

New York Yearly Meeting is a participating organization in the March and members of the Yearly Meeting are working hard to organize a large Quaker presence, marching with the…

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Added by Steven Davison on 8th mo. 25, 2014 at 10:21am — No Comments

The Win-Win

At the time of the early debates regarding the Eucharist, the all-too-commercial desire for a win-win arrangement was harnessed by having/controlling the Real Presence of Christ. The Catholic Church claimed an ordained mandate to "Transubstantiation". In particular, a "win" for priests having the ability to change bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Christ, as well as a "win" for communicants receiving/possessing Christ - by hand rather than by heart.

Wrongly interpreting Luke…

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Added by Clem Gerdelmann on 8th mo. 25, 2014 at 7:00am — 14 Comments

Communion

Communion, rarely do you hear this word around Quakers. These words from the New England Yearly Meeting of Friends, Faith & Practice put it succinctly; "The absence from Friends' worship of the outward observance of the sacraments is due…

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Added by Roger Vincent Jasaitis on 8th mo. 21, 2014 at 12:07pm — 4 Comments

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