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Truth and vs Love Among Us

[Thanks to C. Wess Daniels for the nudge!]

People have come to think of a concern for ideas as pathological.

When ideas come to matter more to us than our love for each other, it is pathological.

But people die when the ideas they love and the truths they live under fail to match; bad ideas can kill people as surely as intentional violence.

We have got to resolve our differences; we have truly got to resolve our differences — not smooth them over, not crush them…

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Added by Forrest Curo on 3rd mo. 26, 2017 at 9:00am — No Comments

Secret Story of Love

Secret Story of Love

So many beautiful people have

walked through my life, and vanished...

Only to reappeared in my stories, my memories, my day dreams.

I am old with a weight of

remembering.

I will go alone when I die, happily into a new unknown,

but alone,

saving only a secret note that I will hide in my shoe

to remind me of a few things that I must remember,

As

my childhood family of nine around an oval country table

three times…

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Added by Quentin Kirk on 3rd mo. 25, 2017 at 10:22am — No Comments

Secret Story of Love

Secret Story of Love

So many beautiful people have

walked through my life, and vanished...

Only to reappeared in my stories, my memories, my day dreams.

I am old with a weight of

remembering.

I will go alone when I die, happily into a new unknown,

but alone,…

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Added by Quentin Kirk on 3rd mo. 25, 2017 at 10:19am — No Comments

The Three R's of Unity: Part III - Responsibility

Once we form a relationship with the other members of our Body and learn to respect them for their individual abilities and spiritual walk we have to take RESPONSIBILITY for being true to our own spiritual walk.  We have to be open to hearing from the Spirit and following the Light wheresoever it may lead us.  We have the responsibility of trusting our relationship with God enough to let go of our personal fears, desires, plans and any cultural or family ties that stand in the way of…

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Added by James C Schultz on 3rd mo. 20, 2017 at 3:11pm — 1 Comment

A Quaker Men's Group



I've been a stalwart of this Men's Group for many years now, although I was not present at its inception.



When I moved back to Portland and sought friendship, twas the regional Gathering of Western Young Friends to which I felt attracted. Such beautiful people (Pan, Kate...). I still think so.



However by now, in my late fifties, versus late…
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Added by Kirby Urner on 3rd mo. 13, 2017 at 1:00pm — No Comments

To Stand Still in the Light: new essay on Abiding Quaker

In this essay I present some ideas that are basic to understanding Quaker faith by discussing passages taken from John’s Gospel. First, I examine the natural condition in which we are obstructed, a state from which we can be fully released only by Christ’s inwardly experienced return. Second, I focus…

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Added by Patricia Dallmann on 3rd mo. 10, 2017 at 12:00pm — No Comments

The Three R's of Unity: Part II - Respect

Many attempts at unity fail because they are based on tolerance instead of respect.  There are bound to be differences of opinion amongst a community of what that community is being called to do.  We can't expect someone to just accept our opinion and change theirs without divine intervention.  Furthermore it's not enough to just tolerate another's opinion.  Though we are often admonished to be tolerant of others who at not like us in one way or the other, it is my contention that tolerance…

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Added by James C Schultz on 3rd mo. 9, 2017 at 10:45pm — 16 Comments

"We deny all who say this light is not sufficient ..." James Naylor

That faith we own and witness, is that which stands in Jesus Christ, the everlasting covenant of light, who is the light of the world, and this light we believe and follow; and by this we are led out of all the ways, works and worships of this dark world, and the effect of this light we witness by faith; and by this faith we deny all who say this light is not sufficient, without the teaching of man to guide in all the ways of God, and all such we deny, for those are they who know not the voice… Continue

Added by Keith Saylor on 3rd mo. 9, 2017 at 9:22am — 6 Comments

When God draws out of the outwardly given things and shines upon the conscience.

A Response to a piece at Transition Quaker: https://transitionquaker.blogspot.com/2017/02/stories-and-values.html?showComment=1488212565150&m=1#c6609527395080306459



It happens that people's meaning, purpose, and identity, are in relation to outward things like occupation, family, country, political and religious ideology and affiliation,…

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Added by Keith Saylor on 2nd mo. 27, 2017 at 11:00am — No Comments

It is time to fish or cut bait

This obscure phrase plays itself out in The Trial of Impeachment of Levi Hubbell, Judge of the Second Judicial Circuit. The trial was held in the Wisconsin Senate in June of 1853. The proceedings allow you to read the debate about the meaning of it being time to fish or cut bait which was, at that time, an…

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Added by Glenn Morison on 2nd mo. 25, 2017 at 10:33am — No Comments

The Three R's of Unity: Part One - Relationships

Back in the day if you learned the three R's of 'ritin, readin & 'rithmatic you had an education.  If you could read, write, add and subtract you could pretty much handle anything life would throw at you.  That was a much simpler time.  Now you might have to do that in more than one language.  Plus if you can't find your way around a computer don't expect to make much progress on the job.  Inventory?  Bookkeeping?  Sorry!  Adding and subtracting isn't going to do it.  My slide rule from…

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Added by James C Schultz on 2nd mo. 25, 2017 at 9:33am — No Comments

If the mountain won't come to Mohammed, then Mohammed will come to the mountain

Although attributed to Mohammed, the Prophet of Islam, by Francis Bacon in a brief essay entitled On Boldness in 1625; the actual phrase can’t be traced directly to Mohammed. Bacon suggests that Mohammed said these words after being unsuccessful in performing the miracle of beckoning a hill to…

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Added by Glenn Morison on 2nd mo. 23, 2017 at 10:42am — 2 Comments

Lead, follow or get out of the way



My father used to use a slightly enlarged version of this phrase. It is commonly attributed to General Patton and when done so. it often begins, “We herd sheep, we drive cattle, [and] we lead people.” Patton’s words also come with more personal wording, “Lead me, follow me, or get out of my…

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Added by Glenn Morison on 2nd mo. 20, 2017 at 11:30am — 7 Comments

Prophets on the Field of Play

I wrote an article for Western Friend:  https://westernfriend.org/article/prophets-field-play

It's about my experiences as a sporting official and what I've learned from them.  Before you figure that sport and competition aren't part of your life, check out these passages: 

....printed rules are just a starting point. Each sport has its own web of tradition and culture that…

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Added by Jay Thatcher on 2nd mo. 17, 2017 at 1:24pm — 12 Comments

Decisions aren't forever

This is another slogan that has some traction in the Twelve Step community. On the surface, it appears to encourage people to be open to changing their minds. As information and circumstances change, so ought decisions. Put in a positive light, this quote says, “keep an open mind.” It also echoes the…

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Added by Glenn Morison on 2nd mo. 16, 2017 at 11:21am — 2 Comments

Psalm 119 - a plain Quaker version

"God –  
let me be silent more clearly,
since I am not hearing well."


inspired by Psalm 119 “Happy are those whose way is perfect ”

(Own translation from a vocal ministry during Meeting for Worship at SYM retreat at Montmirail, Switzerland, February 12, 2017)

https://ofradix.net/2017/02/13/psalm-119-a-quaker-version/

Added by Othmar Ferdinand Arnold on 2nd mo. 13, 2017 at 10:01am — No Comments

Seeking God's Guidance

I first encountered the fact of this in the 1960's, when I was flailing through a life already hijacked by God, reframed by mind-striping drugs, immobilized by conflicting ideas and ideals.

In search of a group I might really belong with, I stayed overnight with people who kept the air thick with pot smoke amid the bewildering sounds of a record I'd never heard of: 'The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter,' by the Incredible String Band. Among many intricate, confusing lyrics, one mad…

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Added by Forrest Curo on 2nd mo. 11, 2017 at 6:41pm — 35 Comments

If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen

President Harry Truman, who attributed it to his friend General Harry Vaughn, popularized this phrase. It is not limited to cooking, but rather a metaphor for any situation that creates challenge or “heat.” If you are not ready to take on a challenge, there is no sense pretending. Truman intended these words…

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Added by Glenn Morison on 2nd mo. 8, 2017 at 1:01pm — 3 Comments

"The World After Truth," by Winston Davis

In May of 2016, Quaker Universalist Conversations published Winston Davis’ essay “Religion, In a Nutshell.” The following essay was just published on February 5th.

The World After Truth

“You shall know the truth, and the truth will…

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Added by Mike Shell on 2nd mo. 7, 2017 at 9:36am — 3 Comments

Between a rock and a hard place



There is no real advice in this phrase. However, the fact that it is used to describe a situation that is very difficult with no apparent solution, implies that it is a reality that all situations have to be reckoned with and therefore, when you are “between a rock and a hard place”,…

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Added by Glenn Morison on 2nd mo. 6, 2017 at 9:55am — No Comments

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