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North Carolina Yearly Meeting: An ESR Visitor’s Standpoint

ESR's Steve Angell attended this summer's annual sessions of North Carolina Yearly Meeting (FUM), and shares his reflection on the gathering:
In separate conversations, two…

Added by Earlham School of Religion on 8th mo. 25, 2016 at 8:30am — No Comments

Offering Refuge to the World's Weary

A "refugee" is "someone seeking refuge" which quickly expands to us all in meditation or prayer. 

Whole communities came to the New World on those dangerous watercraft, seeking liberty, freedom from persecution, the right to be left alone.  Relationships were continued, at a village level.

Thinking of refugee camps as full of solitary individuals, each needing a desk job and a bus pass, a separate singleton existence, is of course unrealistic. 

Extended families often do…


Added by Kirby Urner on 8th mo. 21, 2016 at 5:00pm — No Comments

What's A Liberal?

I realized somewhat acutely, in some recent discussions here on Q2, that we're sometimes miles apart in our use of terms, without even realizing it sometimes.

In looking over archival copies of what dad and his team put together, for Libya, looking ahead some twenty or more years, I'm impressed by a confidant 1960s, a time of going to the moon. 

Urban planning was something to get a degree in, a new discipline in the US. I was born while dad was finishing up his PhD studies at…


Added by Kirby Urner on 8th mo. 20, 2016 at 7:30pm — 10 Comments

early Quaker grammar

I find myself working with a George Fox tract, "To All That Would Know the Way to the Kingdom" (p 15 GF Works, volume 4).

Parked in the very first paragraph we find three (3) direct citations of scripture:  John 3:3-8, Revelation 1:9 & Colossians 1:13. Here's something that jumps out at me: he introduces the gospel passage with "Christ saith" but Revelation with "John the divine said" and Colossians with "the apostle said". "Said" is universal past tense of "to say" but "saith"…


Added by David McKay on 8th mo. 14, 2016 at 9:00am — 6 Comments

Crossing Over Tomorrow

I was driving on Highway 10 southeast of Stevens Point, Wisconsin heading towards Minocqua for a family reunion when a sign said we were crossing the river named Tomorrow. Because the river is old and serpentine, we crossed the Tomorrow three times in the course of just a few miles.   I couldn’t ignore the metaphor or thought: I kissed the future and crossed the river named Tomorrow, three times today.

 It did…


Added by Michael Soika on 8th mo. 12, 2016 at 1:27pm — No Comments

Disarm Day in PDX (autobiographical)

I don't know about other cities, but Portland-based Oregonians have a penchant for referring to their own fair city, by its three-letter international airport code: PDX. 

You'll see that everywhere, as a part of the branding, right up there with Portlandia -- the statue, not the TV show, though why not share that word, make it more multi-media?…


Added by Kirby Urner on 8th mo. 10, 2016 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Facts and Lies

If you want someone to believe you, don’t confuse them with the facts.  Instead, help them to feel good about themselves and tell them a short but impactful story.  That’s what Christopher Graves said in an article he wrote in the…


Added by Michael Soika on 8th mo. 8, 2016 at 3:34pm — No Comments

New Abiding Quaker post: "Partaking of the Sufferings"

Man at his coming into the world hath a light from Christ, him by whom the world was made, which is more than conscience; but he that hates the light abides in darkness, and so is not like to receive the spirit, but is reproved with it (The Great Mystery, p.342).

Though everyone who comes into the world has a light from Christ, not all love it, because loving it entails suffering, a dying to the self, the inward crucifixion. Not loving the light has tragic consequences, both…


Added by Patricia Dallmann on 8th mo. 8, 2016 at 1:32pm — 2 Comments

Sweet Home Costa Rica: How Far Would You Go For Peace?

by Jody Jenkins

How far would you go for your beliefs?

It’s a question more pertinent than ever in today’s globalized world brimming with moral issues easily accessible with the swipe of a fingertip on any smartphone. In a virtual age where tapping a “donate” button equates to activism, how do we decide which causes are really worth risking everything for?

That’s the underlying challenge of …


Added by Jody Jenkins on 8th mo. 5, 2016 at 3:06pm — No Comments

Is Donald Trump the Anti-Christ? (No, really)

Donald Trump is many things to many people, most of them rotten to the core. Thinking people rightly see him as a threat to Democracy and basic decency. But you don't have to go to college or be highly educated to see the threat present in his ascent. I see an electorate that…


Added by Kevin Camp on 8th mo. 5, 2016 at 12:49pm — 5 Comments

The Four Structures of Unprogrammed Quaker Meetings

There are four distinct structural arrangements utilized by unprogrammed Quaker meetings.  Meetings tend to gravitate to one of these, or may use a hybrid structure taken from one or more of these. Here’s my assessment of them.  Which structure does your meeting use, and how does it work for your community of Friends?

Laissez-faire Arrangement

This is where a spiritual core Presence is not a priority at the meeting.  Friends are there basically as individuals to…


Added by Howard Brod on 8th mo. 4, 2016 at 8:00pm — 13 Comments

Report on annual gathering of New Foundation Fellowship

New Foundation workers and supporters gathered at Ellis and Rebecca Hein's property near Casper, Wyoming, for an annual gathering in Seventh month, 7th through 10th. Seven people attended, two of them new to our gathering. Those attending were Kevin Anderson, Casper; Patricia Dallmann, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Rhonda Fuller, Lansing, Michigan; Ellis Hein, Casper; Rebecca Hein, Casper; Rae Lawrence, Milton-Freewater, Oregon; and Ron Sirkel, Lees Summit, Missouri. On the first evening of…


Added by Patricia Dallmann on 8th mo. 1, 2016 at 9:17am — No Comments

Be Tender With Your Soul

it is pretty easy to get caught up in the vitriol spewing from each political party during these back to back weeks of party conventions.  We heard how one candidate is a fear monger and the other can’t be trusted.  We are told that it is a dark night in America and conversely that America is the greatest country on earth.  It is the job of the political conventions to paint their candidate in the light most favorable while casting the opposition candidate as…


Added by Michael Soika on 7th mo. 28, 2016 at 1:16pm — No Comments

The Fog of Politics

A fog formed over the western shore of Lake Michigan on Saturday halting all marine activity.  Shortly after, there was thunder high up and off in the distance towards the southwestern sky.  The thunder was something I had never heard before.  It was incessant, roiling continuously for a full forty minutes.  It felt as if I was sitting nearby a giant roller-coaster with a never ending stream of cars rumbling past. 

 I recently…


Added by Michael Soika on 7th mo. 27, 2016 at 2:06pm — 3 Comments

The immediate power of life in itself in the thing itself.

From Isaac Penington

Take not up a rest in openings of things, though by the true key. Take heed of overvaluing that kind of knowledge; for that part which overvalues that knowledge will presently be puffed up with it: but there is a more excellent and safer kind of knowledge to be pressed after, which is a knowledge of things by receiving of them. There is a knowledge of things by the Spirit's opening the words which speak of them, or by inward, immediate prophecies from…


Added by Keith Saylor on 7th mo. 27, 2016 at 1:03am — 1 Comment

New NFF blog post

The words "faith" and "belief" are often used interchangeably. Though the two can be related, they aren't synonymous. From the vantage point of Friends, Ellis Hein examines the different meanings of these words in his new essay titled "Faith or Belief: What is the difference" now posted at the New Foundation Fellowship website. Please feel welcome to visit: …


Added by Patricia Dallmann on 7th mo. 26, 2016 at 9:05am — 2 Comments

Keeping the Faith When Dialogue Is Difficult

Some years back, the committee of which I was clerk decided to Elder a Friend for sharing vocal ministry too frequently. As long-term readers may recall, I aimed to deal as fairly with him as I could, but he took immediate offense and never returned to Meeting again. I wanted to open a…


Added by Kevin Camp on 7th mo. 25, 2016 at 9:00am — 45 Comments

New Blog Post: "Fascism and the New American Caesar"

New Blog Post: "Fascism and the New American Caesar"

Please post comments on the blog, not here, so all can see and benefit from them. Thanks.

Added by Bruce R. Arnold on 7th mo. 24, 2016 at 4:28pm — No Comments

The withdraw of affection for meaning, purpose, and identity anchored in outward political and religious forms and institutions.

Or founding Quaker Heterodoxy revealed in the words of an early disaffected Quaker, Francis Bugg

I have recently been reading the writings of Francis Bugg as part of my ongoing work to give context to William Rogers documentation (1680) of John Wilkinson's and John Story's disagreement with George Fox and the institutionalization of the early Quaker gathering.

Briefly, Francis Bugg was a member of the early Quaker gathering. He eventually left the Quakers and set about actively…


Added by Keith Saylor on 7th mo. 18, 2016 at 3:30pm — 39 Comments

On Racism

Earlier this morning I finally grabbed a copy of Ashley Montagu's Man's Most Dangerous Myth: The Fallacy of Race, Kindle Edition, for under $8.

I cite this book often in my copious writings on racism, but will now confess to not having accessed it directly (to the best of my recollection), only come across juicey quotes from it, in books by others.   I'd cut and paste such an example quote right now, but Kindle software hinders cutting and pasting so never mind. Amazon would…


Added by Kirby Urner on 7th mo. 13, 2016 at 4:00pm — 5 Comments

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