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Added by Glenn Morison on 8th mo. 13, 2017 at 4:17pm — No Comments

Reflections on a Sejourn in Switzerland: Time, Friendship, and Faith

Reflections on a sojourn in Switzerland: Time, Friendship, and Faith

 

It’s hard to conceive of Switzerland without thinking of chalets, cheese, chocolate, cleanliness, and clocks. There are indeed chalets with their wide roofs and elaborate exterior wood carvings. However, La Chaux-de-Fonds, the town in which I stayed, is famous for its Art Nouveau architecture and design. Cheese was plentiful, and is essential for traditional dishes including raclette and…

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Added by Anne Hutchinson on 8th mo. 8, 2017 at 10:01am — No Comments

When Worship Turns Sour

Every Meeting for Worship has its own character. Some are more silent than vocal, others more vocal than silent. I've been present for both iterations. Due to a divorce, I've been forced to relocate back home. I arrived around six months ago and believed I was assimilating well until today. I…

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Added by Kevin Camp on 8th mo. 6, 2017 at 6:30pm — 3 Comments

When have you been led to a place of healing?

Greetings, Friends!

Minding the Light: Our Collective Journal is a publication of West Hills Friends, a Quaker meeting in Portland, Oregon. Using the guidelines of "worship sharing," we invite members and attenders to reflect on a specific query for each chapter.

Chapter 28 of Minding the Light 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 been led to a place of…

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Added by Sally Gillette on 8th mo. 3, 2017 at 5:14pm — 2 Comments

Do Quakers Believe in Heaven?

"Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. There is more than enough room in my Father's home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you?…

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Added by Kevin Camp on 8th mo. 3, 2017 at 12:00pm — 11 Comments

Do Quakers Believe in Heaven?

"Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. There is more than enough room in my Father's home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you?…

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Added by Kevin Camp on 8th mo. 3, 2017 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Preparing for war: Are we ready?

ESR Professor of Peace and Justice Studies Lonnie Valentine shares a reflection on the importance - and timeliness - of conscientious objection to war:

With the love of war growing strong, what will follow after the attack on Syria, the “Mother of All Bombs” dropped on Afghanistan, and now the threats directed at North Korea?  As with all previous war-making, this US administration sees how the people praise war. …
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Added by Earlham School of Religion on 7th mo. 21, 2017 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

The Witness that Stunned ...

The Witness that Stunned ...



I empathize with people who are come out of or who are coming out of a conscience and consciousness anchored in and informed by outward forms and are come into a conscience and consciousness anchored in and informed by the direct and unmediated impulse of immanent Presence itself in itself. Sometimes I find myself sharing the message of the sufficiency of the inshining Light itself in itself to guide and nurture human relationships on the…

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Added by Keith Saylor on 7th mo. 18, 2017 at 1:00pm — 8 Comments

The New Righteousness: Lewis Benson's Moorestown Lecture #7

[Note: this post also appeared on the New Foundation Fellowship website.]

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness...

Thus begins one of the beatitudes from the Sermon on the Mount, and I suspect that most people can complete the sentence. While this is proclaimed throughout Christendom, seldom…

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Added by Ellis Hein on 7th mo. 18, 2017 at 6:17am — 1 Comment

The Cast Iron Skillet

  1. So lets say you are a cast iron skillet. Made by the best cast iron skillet maker in the world. Your first owner knows you should be "seasoned" before use but doesn't' have the time to do it right. You are left to soak in the sink in spite of the directions you came with and after repeated failures to adhere to the manufacturer's instructions you are no longer the pride and joy of your owner as you are coated with rust and no one would think of using you for your origina…
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Added by James C Schultz on 7th mo. 17, 2017 at 2:16pm — No Comments

The Mystery - I am the Light and you are the Light



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The Mystery - I am the Light



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An important part of my experience or witness of the inshining motion of Presence is self-awareness being led out of dependency upon outward forms and into an embracement of and a growing into dependency upon immanent Presence itself in itself. This dependency is the experience of awareness…

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Added by Keith Saylor on 7th mo. 14, 2017 at 12:14pm — No Comments

God Work

Added by Roger Vincent Jasaitis on 7th mo. 11, 2017 at 8:28am — No Comments

Early Quakers and the Kingdom of God

SO I turned to this book because I’m one of those peculiar people who read early Quaker tracts and I was looking for theological and historical context in which to understand what I was reading. This book delivers. I now have a better appreciation of how what is going on in the texts I am reading may be quite different depending on whether they were written in the interregnum or the restoration.…

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Added by David McKay on 7th mo. 1, 2017 at 12:08pm — 3 Comments

God Wills It: A Reevalution





Previously seated in my kitchen, I was brought to my feet, feeling handcuffs snap tightly…

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Added by Kevin Camp on 6th mo. 28, 2017 at 3:30pm — 7 Comments

What We Cannot Do Alone

 What follows are field notes from my experience serving at the intersection of institutional leadership and renewal in the Quaker movement. I hope this reflection might offer encouragement to your work of exploration and discovery in your own context: your local meeting, yearly meeting, other Friends institution, or in some new garden where you find yourself called to labor.

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Added by QuakerQuaker on 6th mo. 24, 2017 at 2:54pm — No Comments

Israel-Palestine From Both Sides of the Mirror

Includes views from Joyce Ajlouny, director of the Ramallah Friends School, and incoming general secretary of American Friends Service Committee.

Added by QuakerQuaker on 6th mo. 24, 2017 at 2:53pm — No Comments

A Conversation About Delay

“Quaker time” is not a thing. We’ve made it a thing. Discernment is not about doing things in “Quaker time,” it’s about doing things in God’s time, which is sometimes much slower than earthly time and other times faster. I don’t think early Friends, the Publishers of Truth, often wrote a pamphlet and then sat on it for six months because they weren’t completely sure about the placement of a comma.…

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Added by QuakerQuaker on 6th mo. 24, 2017 at 2:53pm — No Comments

The journal "Quaker Studies" to become open access

Professor 'Ben' Pink Dandelion, Editor of Quaker Studies, said “This is a very exciting moment for the journal and for Quaker studies as a whole. The new arrangement will be of great benefit to scholars worldwide, in Quaker studies and in the wider humanities.

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Added by QuakerQuaker on 6th mo. 24, 2017 at 2:52pm — No Comments

Nakedness and prophecy on climate

Those who walk on the climate pilgrimage are walking naked, stripped this time not of their clothes, but of propriety, of the armor of policy, and the pretenses of technique.

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Added by QuakerQuaker on 6th mo. 24, 2017 at 2:51pm — No Comments

How do we articulate the difference between the ideal and where we are?

But there’s another way to solve the gap between what is and what could be, and that’s to simply change what could be. This is so much easier than changing what is, because after all, what could be is a theoretical (or in the case of Friends, a spiritual) thing. All we have to do is change the way we think about it, and—poof!—we’ve changed it! 

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Added by QuakerQuaker on 6th mo. 24, 2017 at 2:50pm — No Comments

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