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The surly, greedy Innkeeper tells his part of the old story told medieval style.

Added by Jean Yeager on 12th mo. 18, 2014 at 6:11am — No Comments

Was World War II a Good War?

One of the difficulties with maintaining a commitment to the Peace Testimony is the elevation of W.W. II to the status of a ‘Good War’.  The idea is that W.W. II is an exception; other wars may be awful, unnecessary, or even evil, but W.W. II is considered to be an example of a necessary and even a virtuous war.  The impact of this view is that the same kind of logic is carried over to contemporary conflicts so that the U.S. attack on Iraq under Bush II was done for righteous and ‘moral’…


Added by Jim Wilson on 12th mo. 17, 2014 at 10:18am — 6 Comments


A shepherdly-crude retelling of the old story by some crude men.  Part 1.

Added by Jean Yeager on 12th mo. 17, 2014 at 5:20am — No Comments

How do you use QuakerQuaker?

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Added by QuakerQuaker on 12th mo. 16, 2014 at 7:17pm — 6 Comments

Grieving, part 2

The is the second part of a series that was previously published in a local paper. I've lightly edited it for this platform; again, although it reflects my Quaker approach to chaplaincy, this isn't explicitly "Quaker." Any thoughts or feedback would be welcome.

Job was a righteous man who lost almost everything: his children, his flocks, and his health. And he was angry about it. He wasn't angry at any particular person, not the bandits who made off with his flocks, not with his…


Added by Craig Dove on 12th mo. 16, 2014 at 7:00pm — No Comments

A Garden Grows: A timely recovery of essential Quaker history

A Garden Grows: Quakerism in Nazi Germany by Mary Mills, available as an e-book from Amazon or Smashwords through the QUF Bookstore, translates five essays by Hans Albrecht, Clerk of German Yearly Meeting from 1927 to 1947, along with the illustrated album written by children of…

Added by Mike Shell on 12th mo. 15, 2014 at 3:25pm — No Comments

Suffer Unto Us

But Jesus called them unto him, and said, "Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God."

The majesty and eloquence of the King James Bible does this passage well.…


Added by Kevin Camp on 12th mo. 14, 2014 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Grieving, part 1

The following is something I published in the local paper; as such, it's not explicitly Quaker, but reflects my Quaker perspective. There's more to come, feedback is welcome.  

Everyone experiences loss at some point in their lives. Death is the largest loss: whether facing our own mortality, or dealing with the passing of a loved one, it is a life-altering experience. But we face many kinds of losses in all parts of our lives, such as the loss of a job, or of a relationship.…


Added by Craig Dove on 12th mo. 10, 2014 at 9:58pm — No Comments

Steve Angell answers a Quaker Questionnaire

College student Samantha Siebert reached out to ESR's Leatherock Professor of Quaker Studies Stephen Angell to complete a questionnaire on Quakerism for a project in her religion class. Below are her questions and his responses. Do you think he got all of the answers right?…


Added by Earlham School of Religion on 12th mo. 10, 2014 at 9:46am — 1 Comment

The Work of the Chaplain

The chaplain is not here to tell you that everything will be okay. 

In the long run, maybe. But we get to that "long run" faster when we're willing to be in the moment, even when it's unpleasant. 

I still think the best Biblical advice for helping people cope with loss is found in the book of Job, chapter two, verse thirteen: "They sat with him on the ground for seven days and seven nights, and no one spoke a word to him, for they saw…


Added by Craig Dove on 12th mo. 9, 2014 at 8:49pm — No Comments

A Query from the Diabelli Variations

The Wall Street Journal recently ran a piece by Stuart Isacoff on Beethoven's…


Added by Matt on 12th mo. 8, 2014 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Quakers Are Mystics

ESR MA student Tracy Davis completed this essay for her Quaker Mysticism course with Carole Spencer.

Quakers are mystics. Friends testify to a communicative Creator who is both transcendent and immanent, present among us, even…


Added by Earlham School of Religion on 12th mo. 5, 2014 at 8:30am — 25 Comments



I am the Keeper of the Loom.

Hand me the light of your thinking and the dark of your passions and I will weave them into the living colors flowing from your heart on the loom of your life.

How will this turn out?

Added by Jean Yeager on 12th mo. 4, 2014 at 7:14pm — No Comments

Recovering the Quaker Apocalyptic Tradition

Friends United Meeting recently announced that it will soon be publishing a 2nd Edition of Douglas Gwyn's …


Added by Matt on 12th mo. 4, 2014 at 12:26am — No Comments

Two feet on the other shore.

Standing with two feet on the other shore, the old place fades in the cooling mist. The past things, on the other side of the canyon, are shadowings that no longer overcast and enchant Being. Presence shines inward and fills the space of the old place. I am parallel to the old place, seeing the misty dark forms engulf Being in their outward cast and ruling and guiding Being in their various manifestations and professions. When those casted speak, puffs of mist drift from their mouths…


Added by Keith Saylor on 12th mo. 3, 2014 at 2:30pm — No Comments

The missing discussion

The gospel of John ends with the writer noting that there weren't enough books in the world to record all that Jesus did during his ministry (John 21:35)  I believe that among those unrecorded acts was the following discussion between Jesus and one of the Apostles who because of the personal nature of the conversation will go unnamed:

Anonymous Disciple/Apostle: I don’t understand why Peter loves his wife so…


Added by James C Schultz on 11th mo. 28, 2014 at 12:55pm — No Comments


We will need to fish deeply in our depths for the deep running, gigantic parts of ourselves which we fear. We need the power of the unseen leviathans we have thought were only nice literary devices. We have lived our lives hoping never to meet these fierce, wild parts of our ourselves and pretending they is not there.…


Added by Jean Yeager on 11th mo. 24, 2014 at 10:49am — No Comments

Prophetic faith or philosophical idealism

The writing that follows was initially intended to be posted on Keith Saylor's comment wall but ended up too long for that, and so it's going up as a blog post instead. Readers  may want to trace down Keith's full comment (I quote only part of it in this post), which also contains  the original statement that prompted his response. Sorry for the round-about way this thread is presented, but I thought that the Benson ideas that I've quoted in this post are highly relevant not only for this…


Added by Patricia Dallmann on 11th mo. 23, 2014 at 1:04pm — 33 Comments

Thanksgiving Cheer

I originally wrote this post as an open letter to my Meeting, Friends Meeting of Washington, DC. In it, I reflect upon the romantic notion of a perfect Thanksgiving and the way it often turns out instead. 


Dear Friends,

Thanksgiving means warm thoughts of…


Added by Kevin Camp on 11th mo. 21, 2014 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

Veterans Day

As a pacifist, I don’t know what to do about Veterans Day. On this year’s November 11, I drove down the main street of a town that is home to a naval air station. Five days earlier I’d travelled that same route the opposite direction on my way to a writing workshop. That morning, winds had gusted at 35-45 miles per hour and whipped the American flags that lined the street in a wild dance.



Added by Iris Graville on 11th mo. 19, 2014 at 1:15pm — No Comments

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