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All is Grace: Book Review

All Is Grace: A Ragamuffin Memoir All Is Grace: A Ragamuffin Memoir by Brennan Manning

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



This book is nothing short of moving. It is in fact more of a…

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Added by David Holdsworth (Plain Prayers) on 12th mo. 15, 2017 at 2:30pm — No Comments

George Fox and Liberty of Conscience

Research Notes, George Fox, Conscience

Many of the most eminent have had potent Impulses, to give forth solid, and sound Arguments for Liberty of Conscience, and have pleaded strongly for the same, yet George Fox was heard to say in a selected great Assembly thus, “Though many Friends have writ for Liberty of Conscience, I never lik’d the word, it is not a good word. No Liberty to the Presbyterians, no Liberty to the Papists, no Liberty to the…

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Added by Keith Saylor on 12th mo. 14, 2017 at 2:30pm — No Comments

My Soul Magnifies the Lord

Isaiah 52.7-10

How beautiful upon the mountains

are the feet of the messenger who announces peace,

who brings good news,

who announces salvation,

who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.”

Listen! Your sentinels lift up their voices,

together they sing for joy;

for in plain sight they see

the return of the Lord to Zion.

Break forth together into singing,

you ruins of Jerusalem;

for the Lord has comforted his people,

he has…
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Added by David Holdsworth (Plain Prayers) on 12th mo. 14, 2017 at 2:00am — No Comments

Latest edition of The Call - Primitive Quaker Journal

A few things of note. The first matter is that I have a short article in this edition called "What's in a name? - God of Wonders" should anyone wish to read it. The second thing of note is that the editor is looking for contributions. And finally the third thing is that this is a free journal should any wish to subscribe by email.

Here is your free copy - http://freepdfhosting.com/48ec149bcd.pdf…

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Added by David Holdsworth (Plain Prayers) on 12th mo. 13, 2017 at 4:57pm — No Comments

Emmanuel - With Us!

"Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us." - Matthew 1:23

God be with us!

God be with us in the valley of the shadow of death.

God be with us on the…

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Added by David Holdsworth (Plain Prayers) on 12th mo. 13, 2017 at 2:00pm — No Comments

30 Seconds with the Mayor

Project Definition

Our city needs ways of managing storm water that come from the residential areas. The Rain Garden project is a key milestone to an eco-city. The rain gardens are made up of native flowers and shrubs, which temporary hold and soak rain water from roofs, driveways, street, and lawns, while removing off chemicals and nutrients before releasing it into drainage. The gardens are designed to slow down the speed of storm water allowing more time for…

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Added by Lindsey Woods on 12th mo. 13, 2017 at 8:59am — No Comments

Be Ye Holy

Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy (I Peter 1:16).
Holiness becomes the house of God...so all God's people, His children, His Saints must be holy, as He is holy; and therefore do that which is holy and just in all your lives and conversations. And whatsoever ye do, let it be done to the praise and…
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Added by David Holdsworth (Plain Prayers) on 12th mo. 12, 2017 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Those Early Quakers who Scrupled against The Government of Quakers Excercised by George Fox

Research Notes, Spirit of the Hat, William Penn, George Fox, Religious Politic, Sufficiency, Inshining Light, John Perrot, James Naylor, Leo Damrosch



Those Early Quakers who Scrupled against The Government of Quakers Exercised by George Fox



In 1673 a tract was published anonymously and entitled “The Spirit of the Hat or the Government of the Quakers Among Themselves, As it hath been Exercised of late years by George Fox, and other Leading Men, in…

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Added by Keith Saylor on 12th mo. 10, 2017 at 12:47pm — 16 Comments

Jerusalem: World Capital

As one respectful and grateful to science, and yet a believer in continuing revelation, to me it's clear what a Chosen People we are, as hominid inhabitants of this "Global U" or "universe city" called Earth.  Likewise I see our Promised Land is a spherical body, with a relatively large moon, situated amongst other such spherical bodies, none so much an Eden nor genesis zone.

The theatrics of nation-states, on the other hand, seem increasingly phony to me, nothing serious enough on…

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Added by Kirby Urner on 12th mo. 6, 2017 at 11:30pm — 1 Comment

A response to Samuel Barnett-Cormack and the process of being guided by outward ideological constructs.

A response to this piece published here: https://quakeropenings.blogspot.co.uk/2017/12/religious-privilege-and-british-quakers.html



Hello Sam,



Thank you for this piece. Reading it has…

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Added by Keith Saylor on 12th mo. 2, 2017 at 4:22pm — No Comments

James Naylor and the kingdom of God in the conscience.

Research Notes, James Naylor, Conscience, Kingdom of God



In 1660 James Nayler co-authored a pamphlet with, Richard Hubberthorn, entitled An Account From the Children of light, (to them that askes) in several particulars, why we have been kept from joyning to, or worshipping in, those formes at Law,…

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Added by Keith Saylor on 12th mo. 1, 2017 at 7:18pm — 1 Comment

"It is Well with My Soul”: A Journey of Grief and Faith

Everything about that phone call felt wrong, even before I answered. It had started as an ordinary evening in April. I was in an empty classroom preparing for an English as a Second Language class that I was subbing for, when my phone rang, with an unknown number showing up on the caller ID. It was my son’s stepmother, and she quickly put my son’s father on. He said starkly, without any preliminaries, “Your son is dead.” My son? Not our son? When had he…

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Added by Anne Hutchinson on 11th mo. 29, 2017 at 9:07pm — No Comments

James Nayler and set and established places of worship.

Research Notes, James Naylor, Outward Forms, Church Buildings, Meeting Houses, Inshining Light, Sufficiency



In 1655 James Nayler published a pamphlet entitled To Thee Oliver Cromwell, into whose hands God hath committed the sword of justice …



That there be no forcing any to…

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Added by Keith Saylor on 11th mo. 29, 2017 at 12:00pm — No Comments

"A Quaker’s Response to Christian Fundamentalism" - Sallie King’s 2009 QUF Pamphlet

Sallie B. King, Professor of Philosophy and Religion at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, is the author of many books and articles on Buddhism, Quakerism, interfaith dialogue, and the cross-cultural philosophy of religion.…

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Added by Mike Shell on 11th mo. 25, 2017 at 5:36pm — No Comments

This week on QuakerQuaker, 11/25/17

Quaker discussions this week:

  • Becoming the church we dreamed of. "My fondest wish – that Northwest Yearly Meeting would remain united – did not come true. It was tempting to grieve that rupture indefinitely … and, to be honest, the grief is not going away soon. However, it is a wonderful comfort to realize that nothing so far is blocking my existing friendships and actual collaborations…"
  • New discussion started by Kirby Urner: Quakerism and Charter…
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Added by QuakerQuaker on 11th mo. 25, 2017 at 4:23pm — No Comments

Founding Quakerism: “Their chief design... to reduce Religion to Allegory?”

Research Notes, George Fox, Enthusiasm, Outward Rule, Sufficiency of Light, Scripture not Sufficient, aversion of outward ecclesiastical forms.



In 1776, Daniel Neal published “The History of the Puritans or Protestant Non-Conformists.” In the fourth volume of his history on pages 32-36, he writes these two paragraphs about the Quakers:

“It can’t be expected that such an unsettled People should have an uniform System of rational Principles. Their first and…

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Added by Keith Saylor on 11th mo. 18, 2017 at 11:00pm — 14 Comments

The Presence of God

There is a difference between prayer and being in God’s presence.  While the fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much, healing takes place in his presence.  Many of the people healed by Jesus had prayed for healing before they came into His presence where healing took place.  There are exceptions to every thing but when it comes to healing, being in His presence is the best place to start.

There are many ways to come into God’s presence.  Taking time out to sit quietly with the…

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Added by James C Schultz on 11th mo. 17, 2017 at 1:05pm — 2 Comments

Twelve Years On: Primitive Christianity Revived, Again—And Still Going!

Can you believe it: the QuakerQuaker.org domain name was registered twelve years ago next month. Who would have thought that an all-volunteer side project with the quirky tagline would be continuing along? Thank you all for all the support and use over the years. Primitive Christianity Revived, Again, and Still Going?

Site update

It’s been awhile since the last update about the QuakerQuaker website. I’ve come to the conclusion that moving the main QuakerQuaker.org site over…

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Added by QuakerQuaker on 11th mo. 14, 2017 at 10:00pm — No Comments

The Pope and the Primacy of the Conscience

Source: https://www.yahoo.com/news/pope-reaffirms-conscience-heresy-debate-divides-church-160315741.html



VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Saturday reaffirmed the “primacy” of using one’s…

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Added by Keith Saylor on 11th mo. 12, 2017 at 1:30pm — 3 Comments

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