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Fear and the Quaker Process

Amy Outlaw writes that there is only Love or Fear.  I agree that Fear is an impediment to Love.  A strong one.  It's also an impediment to the Quaker Process that relies on access to the divine to find what action a community or meeting is to take.  There is a fear that if we actually sought with all our heart to determine what the Divine was calling us to do it might require us to do something we intellectually will not accept.  At stake is our Identity.  Everyone has an Identity.  It's…

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Added by James C Schultz on 1st mo. 26, 2015 at 10:06am — No Comments

THE TIDE OF YOUR LIFE AND DEATH

Has The One who calmed the water handed this over to us and our "Science"? 

Why does the Lady of The Lake not arise?

Are there no modern metaphors to buoy us?

http://threesimplequestions.blogspot.com/2015/01/the-tide-of-your-life-and-your-death.html

Added by Jean Yeager on 1st mo. 24, 2015 at 5:53am — No Comments

The March for Life and the Limits of Religious Choice

I was on the subway yesterday on my way to an appointment. As I approached the platform, about to board the train, I noticed that at least four cars, maybe more, were completely full. Their contents were high school students, girls exclusively. By means of identification, they wore the same knit caps in purple and…

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Added by Kevin Camp on 1st mo. 23, 2015 at 9:30am — 27 Comments

They will tell you they have answers

They'll tell you they have the answer.

When your up against the concrete

on the diagonal beneath life and death.

Floating under the bridge in between the space were cold becomes warm,

and death is life.

They will come to you with their answers and promises.

Though their promises don't inspire, because they are expired.

When your soul aches,

In the solitude of heart break,

Peace is creased in the fold of the expressed; in the space where hate…

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Added by Keith Saylor on 1st mo. 20, 2015 at 5:47pm — 1 Comment

The Spirit begins in the conscience.

So that the true church government being in the Spirit, and over the conscience as in the sight of God, the great care must be to keep it within its bounds, that nothing else govern but the Spirit, and that the government be extended only unto that which is to be governed.

First, Care must be had that nothing govern in the church of Christ, but the spirit of Christ: that nothing else teach; nothing else exhort; nothing else admonish and reprove ; nothing else cut off and…

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Added by Keith Saylor on 1st mo. 18, 2015 at 3:00am — 10 Comments

THE WIND FROM THE FUTURE

THE WIND FROM THE FUTURE RAGES

The wind From The Future

Added by Jean Yeager on 1st mo. 17, 2015 at 8:04am — 3 Comments

Love conquors all

When I was younger it was quite common to hear "Love conquers all".  Not so much now.  Maybe Divorce has beaten it down.  I don't know.  But I suggest that it's true:  Love does conquer all!.  I think if Adam had just admitted to God that he ate the forbidden fruit out of love of Eve and fear of losing her mankind's story might be entirely different.  But instead Adam threw Eve under the Bus and we have had to spend all these years learning that Love not only conquers all but LOVE IS…

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Added by James C Schultz on 1st mo. 15, 2015 at 9:07pm — 1 Comment

All About That "Base"

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My worshiping community, the Live Oak Friends Meeting, has a new floor. And it's a big…

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Added by MaryBeth Smith on 1st mo. 14, 2015 at 11:30pm — 1 Comment

Talk About Race

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Added by Andrew Swartley Cohen on 1st mo. 14, 2015 at 8:00pm — No Comments

INNOCENCE SLAIN BY POWER

A RE-TELLING OF THE STORY OF THE THREE MAGI AND KING HEROD. The slaughter of the Innocents.

http://threesimplequestions.blogspot.com/2015/01/innocense-slain-by-power-three-wise-men.html

Added by Jean Yeager on 1st mo. 12, 2015 at 7:04am — No Comments

To Become a White Ally

The sun was setting on the August night my husband and I tuned our television to an empty courtroom in Ferguson, Missouri. Along with thousands of other Americans, we awaited the verdict of the grand jury’s review of police officer Darren Wilson’s actions in the death of Michael Brown. Finally, Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch read for several minutes from a statement that acquitted Officer Wilson.

I found the jury’s decision hard to believe, despite McCulloch’s detailed account…

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Added by Iris Graville on 1st mo. 10, 2015 at 3:06pm — No Comments

THE GIVER ARISES

Who is worthy to receive the totally amazing, shocking and surprising gift? YOU are!

http://threesimplequestions.blogspot.com/2015/01/the-giver-arises.html

Added by Jean Yeager on 1st mo. 10, 2015 at 12:28pm — No Comments

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Added by Jean Yeager on 1st mo. 10, 2015 at 12:26pm — No Comments

The Hungry Quaker

Once upon a time there was a hungry Quaker.  He consumed & collected everything he thought would make him what he truly felt inside he was meant to be.  He knew he was meant to rise above everyone else and be special and so he consumed & collected the nicest things he could afford and in some cases things he had to borrow to get;  he traveled places he thought would allow him to soar above everyone he knew; he consumed things not only for himself but his family as well.  Finally he…

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Added by James C Schultz on 1st mo. 9, 2015 at 10:19pm — 4 Comments

Transparency and the Quaker Meeting





I was gently eldered (disciplined) earlier in the week for the content of some of my writings, here and in other venues. As I was told, many Friends see Meeting for Worship as a safe, confidential space. From time to time, I've incorporated the goings on and individual vocal ministry of Worship into writing material. Real…

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Added by Kevin Camp on 1st mo. 9, 2015 at 10:00am — 13 Comments

BREAKING PAST

ARE we caught in the mental cage of our past?

http://threesimplequestions.blogspot.com/2015/01/breaking-past.html

Added by Jean Yeager on 1st mo. 9, 2015 at 6:46am — No Comments

Today's Quote: Lord Byron

“Her great merit is finding out mine – there is nothing so amiable as discernment.” — Lord Byron via BrainyQuote.com

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Added by MaryBeth Smith on 1st mo. 8, 2015 at 2:30pm — No Comments

PILGRIMAGE IN MYSTICAL SHOES - What are you walking In?

http://threesimplequestions.blogspot.com/2015/01/pilgrimage-in-mystical-shoes.html

I started this blog just over a year ago to make a Pilgrimage - to consciously walk in Mystical Shoes. What's that? I set out wearing Mystical Shoes down a long timeline and attempted to write things that are imaginative, spinal and essential. Your feet – and your shoes – are where…

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Added by Jean Yeager on 1st mo. 4, 2015 at 7:58am — No Comments

Three Words for 2015

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When I read Robin Mohr's post about her choice of three words to shape 2015, it got me thinking and writing. Drawing upon a meme referenced by Chris Brogan, the idea is to reflect and then choose three juicy words that…

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Added by MaryBeth Smith on 1st mo. 3, 2015 at 10:16pm — No Comments

The Activity of God

We know various meanings -- perhaps none of them sounding quite right to us -- for phrases like "The Kingdom of God" or "The World of God."

Could people find a better sense, at this point, in a phrase like 'The Activity of God'?

[I'd tried to start a discussion on this, found that for some reason new discussions don't seem to get posted in 'Latest Activity'. Is this a new dysfunctional default on…

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Added by Forrest Curo on 1st mo. 3, 2015 at 7:42pm — No Comments

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