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The Nonviolent Life

The following is a review of John Dear's book, The Nonviolent Life, by ESR student Christie Walkuski. Dear is the keynote speaker for ESR's 2014 Ministry of Writing Colloquium on October 31-November 1.  You can learn more about that event and register online hereAs we lead up to the Colloquium, you are invited to join the ESR community in reading The Nonviolent Life during the…


Added by Earlham School of Religion on 10th mo. 1, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments

Stormy Meeting

If emotions are like the weather, the storm clouds have formed on the Mountain Range and other peaks are "raining on my parade". All the peaks in disagreement about my proposal and are shrouded in clouds. Why? Nothing is clear.

Added by Jean Yeager on 10th mo. 1, 2014 at 6:15am — No Comments


A friend wrote and asked what I meant by the "tentacles" I sometimes feel when visiting a new place of worship such as a church. I just get a creepy vibe from some places but how can we avoid being cold without being creepy?


There is nothing wrong with honestly expressing a desire for someone to stay, or a sadness they wouldn't come back. I recall I went once to the Congregationalist church in Evanston, IL on Hinman and Lake. They mentioned during the sermon that they… Continue

Added by David S. on 10th mo. 1, 2014 at 1:12am — No Comments

A Review of Traditional Quaker Christianity

As I read and re-read Traditional Quaker Christianity, I felt a spirit of humble diligence intent upon conveying the core substance of Quaker understanding, as well as the practices that have thus far assisted its continuation. The original draft of this book was the result of a study of Friends faith and witness by Ohio Yearly Meeting member Michael Hatfield. He gave his work to the yearly meeting "to do with as it saw fit." Small study groups were formed in which his writing…


Added by Patricia Dallmann on 9th mo. 30, 2014 at 8:39am — 9 Comments

The Case of Invest vs. Divest

Invest: Respecting the return on investment favored by the Court of Quaker Opinion, we put our money where our mouth is.

Divest: Helping the powerless to have a place at a politically-bankrupt table; the uneducated to get non-union wage jobs; and the disenfranchised to be assimilated into a culture of spending for the now, rather than saving for the future.

Invest: Deal with the world you're given.

Divest: And with the blessing of God for the poor, as "Blessed are the…


Added by Clem Gerdelmann on 9th mo. 29, 2014 at 6:30am — 1 Comment

Living daily in the thing itself

I am preserving various foods for the winter these past few days in with fellowship inward Light. This Fellowship renews in the activities of the day so that no thing is a burden. The activity itself is fellowship. What peace there is to experience directly fellowship in the Presence itself so that all activities are worship and edifying. As I work, I share and live the witness of Isaac Peningtion:

Take not up a rest in openings of things, though by the true…


Added by Keith Saylor on 9th mo. 26, 2014 at 11:17am — No Comments

Excerpt from Towards a Quaker View on Sex

Having been raised in an ethical household with the understanding that all affairs of the heart are loved by God, and that discrimination of any kind is unjust and the product of ignorance, my adolescents carried with it a dark oppressive cloud that felt confusion from the fact of having a same-sex orientation. In my eyes the present day marriage equality movement is the act of performing miracles in the line of service. Yet, I have this question, which is does this line of policy,…


Added by Robben Wainer on 9th mo. 26, 2014 at 5:43am — 1 Comment

Excerpt from Quaker Aspects of Truth circa 1913








So opens the book …


Added by Laura Scattergood on 9th mo. 24, 2014 at 5:15pm — 11 Comments

2014 ESR and Bethany Opening Convocation Message

On Thursday, August 28th, ESR and Bethany Theological Seminary shared their opening convocation in Bethany's Nicarry Chapel. Students, faculty and staff joined together to worship and listen to the message presented by ESR Ministry of Writing Professor Ben Brazil. …


Added by Earlham School of Religion on 9th mo. 24, 2014 at 8:53am — No Comments

Imagination Free in the Life

This afternoon, while crossing the street at a traffic light, a person, either unmindful of the light or ignoring it, came close to hitting me with his vehicle. He did not stop. There was a time when I would have become angry or, at best, frustrated by this event. Yet today, Presence filled imagination and anger or frustration had no place. In place of those is the intuitively experienced Freedom transcending outward feelings and thoughts that would enchant the Inward Light in the dim of the…


Added by Keith Saylor on 9th mo. 23, 2014 at 11:12pm — No Comments


I am Journey, not destination. I am the process of living. I am not the hopeful illusion you carry in your mind, not the illustrations on the map, Journey is the reality of your experience. At the end, Journey is where we all go to meet who we thought we were at the beginning.

Added by Jean Yeager on 9th mo. 23, 2014 at 8:18am — No Comments

The Name Spoken in all Things.

In Presence, I am awake in all doing. The times over the past months in daily interaction with people and amongst wild things now phases into more restive activities in the shop; creating and restoring. The guidance of inward Presence is manifest victory over the idols of abstracted mind. I move through moments while alive in between; in the eternal. No longer bound by the past or future .. no longer predicated, I am the eternal Name. I am spoken and breathed in ever illuminated and renewed…


Added by Keith Saylor on 9th mo. 23, 2014 at 6:55am — 2 Comments

Liberation Lobotomy

Here at "Spirit and Truth" hospital we treat, in silence, everything from chronic racism to acute homophobia. We know, from experience, that just as depression is anger turned inward so also despair is oppression internalized.

In here, dysfunction has become the norm; and every condition, from self-identifying to self-destruction, is alternately embraced and rebelled against. Cases of feminist-fever, white-makes-right syndrome, stinking thinking, and gender-role resentment walk in…


Added by Clem Gerdelmann on 9th mo. 22, 2014 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

Dogmarrel (written in Meeting today, sorry!)

God made music;

God made thought;

God made notions

to think we ought.

God made dogmas of

having no dogmas,

idols of duty and

hammers of beauty.

God made silence;

God made noise;

God provides

such varied toys!

God made food

and God made hunger

& wistful thoughts

of being younger.

God made laughter;

God made woe.

God winds us up

to make us go.

[Roll over and Nash yo teeth,…


Added by Forrest Curo on 9th mo. 21, 2014 at 6:00pm — 4 Comments

New Voices

What is divinity if it can come

Things to be cherished like the thought of heaven?

Divinity must live within herself:

Passions of rain, or moods in falling snow;

Grievings in loneliness, or unsubdued

Emotions on wet roads on autumn nights;

These are the measures destined for her soul.-

from “Sunday Morning” by Wallace Stevens


I’m home and not at Meeting. In approximately eight minutes, Worship will begin and I…


Added by Kevin Camp on 9th mo. 21, 2014 at 11:30am — 3 Comments

New Blog Post: "Why Do We Need a North American Liberation Theology?"

New Blog Post: "Why Do We Need a North American Liberation Theology?"

Added by Bruce R. Arnold on 9th mo. 20, 2014 at 3:05pm — No Comments

Curious about Friends' views of certain Bible passages.

1) The following passage is often used to refute Christian pacifism and I'd like to know what Friends' responses and interpretations might be regarding this:

And the passover of the Jews was nigh, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem, and he found in the temple those selling oxen, and sheep, and doves, and…


Added by Stephen James on 9th mo. 19, 2014 at 10:32pm — 10 Comments

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.



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

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