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New NFF blog post

The words "faith" and "belief" are often used interchangeably. Though the two can be related, they aren't synonymous. From the vantage point of Friends, Ellis Hein examines the different meanings of these words in his new essay titled "Faith or Belief: What is the difference" now posted at the New Foundation Fellowship website. Please feel welcome to visit: …


Added by Patricia Dallmann on 7th mo. 26, 2016 at 9:05am — 1 Comment

Keeping the Faith When Dialogue Is Difficult

Some years back, the committee of which I was clerk decided to Elder a Friend for sharing vocal ministry too frequently. As long-term readers may recall, I aimed to deal as fairly with him as I could, but he took immediate offense and never returned to Meeting again. I wanted to open a…


Added by Kevin Camp on 7th mo. 25, 2016 at 9:00am — 10 Comments

New Blog Post: "Fascism and the New American Caesar"

New Blog Post: "Fascism and the New American Caesar"

Please post comments on the blog, not here, so all can see and benefit from them. Thanks.

Added by Bruce R. Arnold on 7th mo. 24, 2016 at 4:28pm — No Comments

The withdraw of affection for meaning, purpose, and identity anchored in outward political and religious forms and institutions.

Or founding Quaker Heterodoxy revealed in the words of an early disaffected Quaker, Francis Bugg

I have recently been reading the writings of Francis Bugg as part of my ongoing work to give context to William Rogers documentation (1680) of John Wilkinson's and John Story's disagreement with George Fox and the institutionalization of the early Quaker gathering.

Briefly, Francis Bugg was a member of the early Quaker gathering. He eventually left the Quakers and set about actively…


Added by Keith Saylor on 7th mo. 18, 2016 at 3:30pm — 37 Comments

On Racism

Earlier this morning I finally grabbed a copy of Ashley Montagu's Man's Most Dangerous Myth: The Fallacy of Race, Kindle Edition, for under $8.

I cite this book often in my copious writings on racism, but will now confess to not having accessed it directly (to the best of my recollection), only come across juicey quotes from it, in books by others.   I'd cut and paste such an example quote right now, but Kindle software hinders cutting and pasting so never mind. Amazon would…


Added by Kirby Urner on 7th mo. 13, 2016 at 4:00pm — 5 Comments

Living the sufficiency of immanent Presence in the midst of conflict.

The circumstance of my life for the past few months has afforded the opportunity to walk among and interact with people whose identity, meaning, and purpose is, by their admission, anchored in a way of being or consciousness that "sees" itself in the context of outwardly reflected political and religious ideologies, theologies, traditions, creeds, and practices and the process through which those reflections occur.

The process of meaning, purpose, and identity being reflected through…


Added by Keith Saylor on 7th mo. 11, 2016 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Even maligning white people and culture is white supremacy

Correct me if I'm wrong, I don't see people here talking about a very important kind of white supremacy.

I do see people discussing discrimination, prejudice, bias, and structural forms of racism, discrimination, and privilege, and their histories, as well as overt and coded white supremacy.

But I don't see people discussing a third kind of white supremacy. I'm not sure what name to give it. Maybe you can help me. I would call it "bourgeois" white supremacy, because it's rooted…


Added by Darrin S. on 7th mo. 10, 2016 at 5:31pm — 68 Comments



Quakers support one of the most aggressive visions of assimilation and white supremacy of all contemporary religions. Certainly, Quakers took a bold stand against slavery (even if this was much ambivalent than we like to think) and Quakers believe that all people have the light of God in them, and do try to think and act to an admirable degree with this conviction, even if more attention could be paid to this issue. There seems to be nothing white supremacist about…


Added by Darrin S. on 7th mo. 10, 2016 at 5:30pm — 14 Comments

Black Lives Matter Stolen

We Quakers here in Putney Vermont arrived at Worship today to find that our “Black Lives Matter”sign in front of our Meeting house was stolen some time this week. To quote from our minute on Black Lives Matter; “What’s important for us is that it’s not just a sign, not just a statement, it’s a commitment to join with others in doing the work we need to do.”

The stealing of our sign by some unknown community member hurts, but it in no way lessens our…


Added by Roger Vincent Jasaitis on 7th mo. 10, 2016 at 4:13pm — No Comments

QQ financing idea

I  80, already donated one time $10 and that's my "strength" for this year.

Today I received that email asking for more donation. It's a bit way long, but as a retiree, it's not a problem for me.  I got an idea to try increasing the "income" to QQ which have to be discussed prior putting on test.

I did not find communication infor about QQ. If any one can supply it, my email is:

xyu381 - the rest: - everybody knows  for google , isn't it?

[I ommit it to prevent…


Added by Jon Pol on 7th mo. 2, 2016 at 1:26pm — No Comments

Please Cancel the 4th.

Saturday, July 2, 2016


Added by Daniel Wilcox on 7th mo. 2, 2016 at 11:52am — No Comments

Please help bridge the summertime slack

Every once in awhile I’ll be out and about in Quakerland, when someone will turn to me and ask "So how's QuakerQuaker doing?" I always surprise myself a bit by saying “It’s doing great!”

Really: ten years ago who would have guessed that this would still be the home of such an active online community? Today there are over 3200 registered members. The site gets over 4000 visitors to the site every month. 2400 people have subscribed to the Facebook page and 2600 follow on Twitter, where…


Added by QuakerQuaker on 7th mo. 1, 2016 at 2:00pm — No Comments

New Blog Post: "Time for the NRA to Step Up"

New blog post: "Time for the NRA to Step Up"

Added by Bruce R. Arnold on 6th mo. 26, 2016 at 4:11pm — No Comments

Quaker Testimonies, Quaker Unity

In distinction to many other expressions of Christianity, and many other religions as well, Quakerism is non-creedal; that is, we don't have a particular set of belief-statements that one must accept in order to be a Quaker. This is confusing for some newcomers, liberating for others. But even for the latter group, the time comes when you begin to wonder: is there any more spiritual substance to Quakerism than 'practise…


Added by Robert Kirchner on 6th mo. 25, 2016 at 1:57pm — No Comments



Lt. Col. Dave Grossman built his  career on attempting to help soldiers, and citizens, to heal after mass shootings or war, and attempt to resume a “normal” life. And, a “normal” life is a life devoted to “Eros” – to life. Life devoted to life and…


Added by Jean Yeager on 6th mo. 24, 2016 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Media Campaigns

US citizens are looking to Washington, DC for "gun control" apparently forgetting this is the world's hub for arms dealing and war planning

"Gun control" is not the name of that city's main business.

[ Moving the US capital around, rotating its location, more like the Olympics, might be a way to hold the nation together, but these days it's looking …


Added by Kirby Urner on 6th mo. 22, 2016 at 9:00pm — No Comments

North American Liberation Theology: A Slight Course Correction

Felt I needed to make a change to the Liberation Theology series:

Added by Bruce R. Arnold on 6th mo. 11, 2016 at 6:43pm — No Comments

Bent A Book Review

“The Tragedy of Dissemination in Bent”

By Robben Wainer

            “Bent”, is a play by Martin Sherman. “Martin Sherman,“Bent” 1979, Amber Lane Press Ltd. London, England.”…is a play about the underworld, betrayal, torture, homosexuality, and survival. The play takes place in Nazi Germany, as it was understood that gay men who were caught, went to prison, to wear a pink triangle that signified they were amongst the lowest of the low…


Added by Robben Wainer on 6th mo. 7, 2016 at 8:16pm — 2 Comments

Activating Action

A few days ago I woke up thinking about the word activist. What are they activating? Conscience, sympathy, compassion? Or how about outrage, anger, disgust? Activating action?

The other names that we use for this activity to promote change (or not) are interesting as well. Protester came to my mind first. Somewhat of a clunker because sometimes a…


Added by Roger Vincent Jasaitis on 6th mo. 7, 2016 at 10:52am — No Comments

A Quaker Dress Code

Note that I use the indefinite article on purpose, "A" and not "The".  The dress code Friends expect and even enforce on occasion (no shirt, new shoes, no service), at least in a Business context, is in no way universal and is of course reflective of ambient dress codes, role models in the surrounding culture.

For example, driving while naked is not permitted in Portland except on designated days and routes on a bicycle.  Some don't bother with permission but that's…


Added by Kirby Urner on 6th mo. 5, 2016 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

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