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Without regard to outward Persons, Communities, etc., there is Heaven.

Where there is no outward tradition, Where there is no outward Family, Where is no outward creed or doctrine, Where there is no outward institution, Where is no outward community, Where there is no outward nation, Where this is no outward government, Where there is no outward practice, Where there is no outward religion; enter that empty space and patiently wait for the re-cognition of eternal human being independent of outward forms and professors of form. In patient waiting, without regard…

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Added by Keith Saylor on 7th mo. 4, 2015 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Melancholia, ego and compassionate life

As Richard Beck wrote in “Kenosis,”

I’m tired. Of myself.

Not sad. Not depressed. Not suicidal. Not dark.

Just tired.

Tired of being an ego. Having an ego.

I’m tired of filtering…

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Added by Mike Shell on 7th mo. 3, 2015 at 10:53am — 5 Comments

What God leads out of, he rarely leads into again.

Around 26 years after a spiritual impulse, that changed the very nature of their conscious and conscience, manifested within a group of individuals (who called themselves Children of Light) in England a disunity happened among them over whether there was a role for the establishment of outward doctrine, tradition, and institutional structure. Some in the gathering affirmed a role and others in the gathering did not.

It is compelling that for at least around 30 years there existed a…

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Added by Keith Saylor on 7th mo. 3, 2015 at 12:30am — 3 Comments

Barbarous Ancestors

Which President said this?? Obama? Reagan? Lincoln? Guess again!

“Some men look at constitutions with sanctimonious reverence and deem them like the arc of the covenant, too sacred to be touched. They ascribe to the men of the preceding age a wisdom more than human, and suppose what they did to be beyond amendment. I knew that age well; I belonged to it, and labored with it. It deserved well of its country. It was very like the present, but without the experience of the present; and…

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Added by Roger Vincent Jasaitis on 7th mo. 2, 2015 at 10:25am — No Comments

Healthcare Rights


Added by Roger Vincent Jasaitis on 6th mo. 30, 2015 at 11:16am — No Comments

"My ‘Tis of Thee Country – What It Means to Be an American," by Kathleen Stocking

Peter M. Leschak wrote the following in a review of Kathleen Stocking’s 1991 book, Letters from the Leelanau: Essays of People and Place: “All of us are watchers, but few are observers. Missing are the village elders and seers, the astute perceivers who interpreted life and effort through nature and the primal cycles. Kathleen Stocking is one of those seers, and she’s…

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Added by Mike Shell on 6th mo. 26, 2015 at 4:11pm — No Comments

QUF Blog July-August Topic: Quaker universalism and intimate relationships

Friends,

The Quaker Universalist Fellowship blog has adjusted its July-September schedule of topics in order to allow more time for contributions from readers. We’ve also added a topic for September.

Please share the information below with anyone you know

who might like to write for Quaker Universalist Fellowship
.

July- August 2015 — Quaker universalism and…

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Added by Mike Shell on 6th mo. 26, 2015 at 11:26am — No Comments

Transgender Mom, Cisgender Bullying

In a recent workshop on the Patriarchy at the Quaker resource center Pendle Hill, I met Chloe Schwenke, a woman I had come in contact with a year or so earlier at a queer Quaker conference. At first, I have to say that she fooled me. I believed her to be a cisgender woman, but was in fact a transwoman. That was merely a clueless…

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Added by Kevin Camp on 6th mo. 22, 2015 at 7:21am — No Comments

RECOGNIZING OUR LITTLENESS

A struggle between the "Big I" and the "little i".

http://threesimplequestions.blogspot.com/2015/06/recognizing-our-littleness.html

Added by Jean Yeager on 6th mo. 18, 2015 at 6:59am — No Comments

RECOGNIZING OUR LITTLENESS

http://threesimplequestions.blogspot.com/2015/06/recognizing-our-littleness.html

A struggle between our "Bi I" and "little i"

Added by Jean Yeager on 6th mo. 18, 2015 at 6:58am — No Comments

RECOGNIZING OUR LITLENESS

http://threesimplequestions.blogspot.com/2015/06/recognizing-our-littleness.html

WE HAVE TWIN SELVES - It is a struggle between my "Big I" and my "little i".  One likes to cast a black shadow during the Day and the other likes to cast a white shadow at Night.

Added by Jean Yeager on 6th mo. 18, 2015 at 6:57am — No Comments

Silent Summer

What is wrong with this picture? I looked out at a field of blooming clover and was struck by what I did not see…bees. No honeybees, no bumblebees, no wild bees of any species. No buzzing…silence but for the songbirds in the nearby trees.

What is wrong with this picture? This from an NBC article: Honeybees don’t just make honey; they pollinate more than 90 of the tastiest…

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Added by Roger Vincent Jasaitis on 6th mo. 16, 2015 at 2:30pm — 10 Comments

Step Up, Step Back





I admit I didn’t hear the phrase “step up, step back” until I was twenty-four years old. It was used in the context of the Anti-Oppression/Anti-Racism training of a group of young people of which I was a member. Put simply, it is a knowledge that men and women ought to have equal weight in group discussions. This is…

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Added by Kevin Camp on 6th mo. 15, 2015 at 5:47pm — No Comments

Organizing and Mobilizing in Today's World

We had spent the whole day, the whole conference, really, attaching vocabulary words in permanent marker to self-adhesive poster boards. If you read them, you'd see complicated terms like "hegemony", "Patriarchy", "coded politics", and the ever-popular "capitalism." They demonstrated a…

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Added by Kevin Camp on 6th mo. 14, 2015 at 11:00am — 6 Comments

FAILURE

http://threesimplequestions.blogspot.com/2015/06/failure.html

Failure is a tool used in the world to manipulate us. But what is the mission of Genuine Failure?

Added by Jean Yeager on 6th mo. 14, 2015 at 8:49am — No Comments

FAILURE

http://threesimplequestions.blogspot.com/2015/06/failure.html

WHAT IS THE MISSION OF FAILURE?
 No, not that first thing that came to mind - the REAL reason we experience failure? What does it give us? Really.

Added by Jean Yeager on 6th mo. 14, 2015 at 8:46am — No Comments

The Cul-de-sac

If you think of your meeting as being on a cul-de-sac you would understand that you have three types of people driving in front of your door: those who live there, those who are visiting; and those who are looking for someplace else. You don’t get much through traffic on a cul de sac and few people actually pass by it by mistake. Especially today with GPS/webpage availability.

If you have a Healthy Meeting you probably are not on a cul-de-sac. A healthy meeting is located on a through…

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Added by James C Schultz on 6th mo. 13, 2015 at 10:30pm — 1 Comment

Passionate Integrity: Quaker Youth in Action

Originally published on Quaker Universalist Conversations on 6/7/2015.

Young people often have a passion for acts of integrity in support of core spiritual and social values. They are willing and able to look past the cautious pragmatism of adult activists into the living heart of need, of want, of sorrow and of joy.

It’s not…

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Added by Mike Shell on 6th mo. 8, 2015 at 4:50pm — No Comments

God is Calling His People Home



I have a history of ministers in my bloodline, but not as extensively as, say, Martin Luther King, Jr., who was a fourth-generation preacher. My great-great-great-grandfather John Jackson Camp was a Methodist minister. My great-grandfather J.C. Smallwood was a Pentecostal minister. One of my religious mentors has consistently asked me to consider seminary, to follow in their footsteps, but I do not feel myself ready to enter the ministry yet. It is an often lonely…

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Added by Kevin Camp on 6th mo. 3, 2015 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Meeklings

Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.

Beatitudes

I read in the Atlantic Monthly this week that someone thought that this was the worst prediction of all time. My first thought was; unless it is the end of history, how would you know if it’s true?

Of course, if you look around today you would…

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Added by Roger Vincent Jasaitis on 6th mo. 2, 2015 at 11:05am — No Comments

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