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A World without Sin, a/k/a A World without personal responsibility

It’s a World without Sin, everyone is ok

No need for Grace, from what people say

There’s no Hell to go to, no need to repent

it’s a World without Sin, a world without lent.

It’s a World without sin, the devil’s retired

there’s no one to tempt us, his imps have been fired

There’s no one way to God, Oprah has said

In John 14:6 Jesus was simply misread

It’s a World without Sin, we’re all children of God

we love one another, though sometimes its…

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Added by James C Schultz on 10th mo. 13, 2017 at 10:15am — 22 Comments

Called to Christ

[The following is based upon vocal ministry given at Germantown Meeting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on 1 Tenth month 2017.]

In his Journal George Fox spoke of three kinds of dreams:

For there were…

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Added by Patricia Dallmann on 10th mo. 9, 2017 at 8:00am — No Comments

To all that would know the way to the Kingdom, whether they be in Forms, Without Forms, or Got above all Forms.

In 1655 a tract was publish entitled “To all that would know the way to the Kingdom, whether they be in forms, Without Forms, or Got above all Forms ...” Authorship was “Given forth by those whom the world in scorn calls Quakers.” This usually means there were multiple people who contributed to the writing of the tract. In 1706 a compilation of some of George Fox’s writings was published under the title “Gospel-Truth Demonstrated, in a Collections Of Doctrinal Books, Given forth by that…

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Added by Keith Saylor on 10th mo. 2, 2017 at 9:30am — 5 Comments

Truth

"Truth is not only violated by falsehood;

it may be equally outraged by silence."

-Henri Frederic Amiel, philosopher and writer (27 Sep 1821-1881)

I was asked to swear an oath at a public hearing last week. I declined and pointed out that Vermont law includes affirmation in legal proceedings where testimony is given. The chairperson acquiesced to my demand.

Not swearing oaths to be truthful is directly linked to Quaker history and George Fox. It was a hard won…

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Added by Roger Vincent Jasaitis on 9th mo. 27, 2017 at 10:47am — No Comments

Ephesians 4 or The Five Fold Ministry

Raised Catholic (Elementary and High School and Catholic Fraternity in college and post grad degree at a Catholic college) I recognize the weakness of the hierarchal structure of the Catholic Church.  However, I also recognize the wisdom of those in power.  They are very good at discerning the gifts of their priests and assigning them titles and roles that make the best use of those gifts.  Even when they disenfranchise an entire sex from participation in management, they do a very good job…

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Added by James C Schultz on 9th mo. 15, 2017 at 3:30pm — 15 Comments

What do I deserve?

I read a comment on FB about the DACA situation that said "everyone that is in this country deserves to be here" and it struck a nerve.  Have we become so filled with a sense of self-worth that we think we actually deserve the things we have?  I was born in the US but I know I am not more deserving to have been born here than anyone else born on that day in India, Thailand, Mexico or Syria.  I am blessed with a great relationship with God through Jesus but I know I don't deserve that…

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Added by James C Schultz on 9th mo. 11, 2017 at 10:01am — No Comments

Trust everybody, but cut the cards

Identified as a Russian proverb and attributed to various people, this aphorism implies that trust has its limits. Or, at least, trust should not be tempted. One of the most common things I ever heard as a chaplain was: “I didn’t come to jail to make friends.”…

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Added by Glenn Morison on 9th mo. 6, 2017 at 10:39am — 1 Comment

An Unprogrammed Friend Experiences Programmed Worship

This past week I took a five-day visit to the Pacific Northwest. Though I was there to play tourist and visit family, I also wanted to examine a very different worship style than the unprogrammed silent worship where I learned to be a Friend and how I…

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Added by Kevin Camp on 9th mo. 3, 2017 at 5:00pm — 40 Comments

Life and Chess

I watched a movie last nite where the main character,  embittered by tragedy, posed that familiar question: "If there's a God why is there so much tragedy in the world?".  After posting an earlier blog on the shedding of blood my mind found itself with thoughts of God who knows all things - past, present and future - contemplating how best to achieve His goal (I will not, at least at this time, presume to know what that goal was or is) and the game of chess came immediately to mind.  In…

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Added by James C Schultz on 9th mo. 3, 2017 at 11:30am — No Comments

Without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sin

Hebrews 9:22 tells us that blood must be shed to purge sin from our lives.  I believe this calls for personal sacrifice and not necessarily the physical shedding of blood.  The same personal sacrifice that is inherent in the divine love that Jesus demonstrated by both His life and His death.  When Jesus was approached to act in a family dispute about the distribution of a family inheritance He made it plain that He had come to change hearts and not financial equality (Luke 12:13-15).  More…

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Added by James C Schultz on 9th mo. 3, 2017 at 8:30am — 2 Comments

Rediscovering the Teaching of George Fox: Introduction to "Restoring the Church of the Cross" (Eighth lecture)

The fellowship of the cross of Christ…is not of man, nor by man; for it is in the everlasting power of God; therefore, no longer do you keep in fellowship, but as you keep in the cross of Christ (Works, 8:67).

“Restoring the Church of the Cross" is the title of the…

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Added by Patricia Dallmann on 8th mo. 25, 2017 at 11:30am — No Comments

Quaker Quietism - Authors and Works

Greetings Friends:

I am interested in knowing what specific works people think of that are expressive of the period of Quaker Quietism.  I am interested in works that were written during the period of Quietism (aka The Second Period of Quaker History).  Personally, I have found the following works of help in accessing the thought of this period:

A Guide to True Peace, Counsel for the Christian Traveler by William Shewen, The Grounds of a Holy Life by Hugh Turford, A Short…

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Added by Jim Wilson on 8th mo. 24, 2017 at 8:06pm — 2 Comments

Prayer

Sometimes prayer is the first thing I resort to when I'm in need.  Other times it's the last.  Urgency has a lot to do with it.  When I think I have plenty of time or the pain isn't that great that it stops me from being able to get from point A to point B, I go it on my own - go to the Doctor, reason with others, do what seems to be necessary at the time.  When I have no time left I pray.  When the pain begins to be immobilizing, I pray.  I pray for others when they ask me or God puts them…

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Added by James C Schultz on 8th mo. 24, 2017 at 6:17pm — 2 Comments

The Inward Eclipse

Today is the day of the solar eclipse, and verses from Mark come to mind:

But in those days, after that distress, the sun will be darkened, the moon will not give her light; the stars will come falling from the sky, the celestial powers will be shaken. Then they will see the Son of Man coming in the clouds…

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Added by Patricia Dallmann on 8th mo. 22, 2017 at 4:28pm — No Comments

Mercy in Troubled Times

People and animals alike must wear garments of mourning, and everyone must pray earnestly to God. They must turn from their evil ways and stop all their violence. Who can tell? Perhaps even yet God will change his mind and hold back his fierce anger from destroying us." When God saw…

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Added by Kevin Camp on 8th mo. 21, 2017 at 1:00pm — 9 Comments

which is worst the tree or the fruit"

Let's imagine you have a tree in your yard that bears rotten fruit.  Every year the fruit kills innocents.  Sometimes squirrels, a feral cat here and there, pets, and eventually a baby.   Are you going to be satisfied with trying to do a better job of disposing of the fruit each year or are you going to do your best to destroy the tree so it can never bear fruit again?

Added by James C Schultz on 8th mo. 21, 2017 at 10:45am — 4 Comments

The mysterious inevitability that creates systematic hostility in human relations.

I’m going to start with some theological basics. Because what we’re seeing happen is a manifestation of Satan’s power. When I say that word, I’m talking about the mysterious something or somebody in the universe that creates enmity between people. So when I attribute agency to Satan, I’m not saying there’s a little red man with a pitchfork running around, but simply that some mysterious inevitability creates systemic hostility in human relations. For…

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Added by Keith Saylor on 8th mo. 20, 2017 at 10:00am — No Comments

Winnipeg Quakers Oral History Project

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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

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