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When has the Light come to you in a time of darkness?

Chapter 21 of Minding the Light: Our Collective Journal is now available online and attached below as a PDF file. For this chapter, we invited Friends to respond to the query, “When has the Light come to you in a time of darkness?" In response, we received 13 stories, two drawings, and a photo.  One of the stories was from a 7-year-old Friend.   

We invite you to read these stories for yourself. What stories rise for you as you sit with our latest…

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Added by Sally Gillette on 3rd mo. 29, 2015 at 8:48pm — No Comments

“New Rooms in the Interfaith Movement,” by Eboo Patel

Excerpts from the Winter/Spring 2015 Harvard Divinity Bulletin

(Originally published as a post on Quaker Universalist Conversations on 3/25/2015.)

Eboo Patel is the founder and…

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Added by Mike Shell on 3rd mo. 26, 2015 at 11:00pm — 8 Comments

Grieving, part 5

A very belated conclusion to the original series: 

We all experience loss at some point times in our lives, but life goes on whether we’re ready for it to or not. As I write, I’m sitting at the old desk of my friend Pat; beside me on the bookshelf are Jack’s books. Both of these men have died, and as mentors to me in my ministry I often wish they were here to give me advice or offer support when I’m not sure what to do next. They are not forgotten, and I carry their memories with me…

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Added by Craig Dove on 3rd mo. 25, 2015 at 10:13pm — No Comments

POURS INTO THE EYES

I battled my heart for an opportunity to practice equanimity. If I failed and become sympathetic, love would fill my eyes and I would weep for my son. That would do no one any good. If I failed in the other direction, and was too cold or antipathetic, I would weep for myself and my loss and become an all too human but pathetic middle-aged man.  My son's illness poured itself into my eyes.…

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Added by Jean Yeager on 3rd mo. 25, 2015 at 9:25pm — No Comments

Random Thoughts on the Wilkinson/Story separation

This moment in Quaker history has completely captured my attention. I am only beginning my research, however, I am completely compelled.

It is regrettable that the early Quakers who did not agree with Wilkinson seemingly destroyed much of the of the separatists writings. Because of that it seems I’m relegated to the characterizations of separatists by those who worked against them. I have little faith in such characterizations.…



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Added by Keith Saylor on 3rd mo. 18, 2015 at 2:30pm — 42 Comments

Looking ahead: QUF Blog Topics for May - July

Blog topics for May, June & July



In May through July, we hope our readers will be led to share their personal reflections on several topics.

May 2015 — Quaker universalism and…

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Added by Mike Shell on 3rd mo. 17, 2015 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Looking for and Living in the Wilkinson/Story separation ...

My study of the Wilkinson/Story separation, to date, is edifying. Just to know there was a time right at the very beginning (relatively speaking) wherein, those who gathered together in the Light (Quakers) experienced disagreement over whether  directly inspired Presence was sufficient in itself to rule over the individuals among…

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Added by Keith Saylor on 3rd mo. 17, 2015 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Part II - Toward Creating a Rose Cross Meditation

This post II out of IV and is about symbols and how they are powerful spiritual agents. The overall meditation is designed to help us eliminate lower actions, habits, and impurities in our lives.

http://threesimplequestions.blogspot.com/2015/03/rcii-gods-once-spoke-to-man-now-symbols.html

Added by Jean Yeager on 3rd mo. 16, 2015 at 4:46pm — No Comments

Ageing with Grace

The Dalai llama writes about ageing as an ability to forgive and to transcend sorrow so that it is useful to friends, family and the environment. Ageing Spiritually refers to the servitude and relevance that our lives have influenced the world and the souls we have touched who thought we could make a difference. We are not just born to our parents, but are lives of Heaven and Earth, as we observe the stillness and account for spiritual pathways, the essence of our channeling through the…

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Added by Robben Wainer on 3rd mo. 16, 2015 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Mary Mills - A Garden Grows: Quakerism in Nazi Germany

Get a $5.99 ebook of A Garden Grows: Quakerism in Nazi Germany, Mary Mills' translation of essay by Hans Albrecht, a driving force behind the efforts of German Quakers to assist those persecuted by the Nazi government and Clerk…

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Added by Mike Shell on 3rd mo. 15, 2015 at 5:30pm — No Comments

On Knowing

Last January, police in South Carolina released a sketch of a possible murder suspect, drawn by artificial intelligence, based on information from DNA found at the crime scene. No eyewitnesses and no cameras had observed the murderer’s face, yet the computer produced an approximation of it, and the authorities believe it might help them solve the crime. (Pollack, NYT, 2/24/2015)…

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Added by Mary Colleen Klein on 3rd mo. 10, 2015 at 8:11pm — 4 Comments

“But Who Do You Say That I Am?” – Quakers and Christ Today, by Douglas Gwyn

There has been a universalist dimension to Quaker-Christian faith from the beginning.  It is grounded in a paradox that cannot be resolved, only lived.

—Douglas Gwyn,

"But Who Do You Say That I Am?" – Quakers and Christ Today

(Pendle Hill Pamphlet 426, 2014, p. 21)

In February on Quaker…

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Added by Mike Shell on 3rd mo. 9, 2015 at 8:00am — No Comments

Friendship

Invitation.

Afternoon tea

for two.

A welcome.

The hospitality afforded

By a beautiful home

And space and Light Within.

Sharing experiences,

Points of connection.

Conversation, cozy by the fire,

Bright sparks of new friendship

Comforting contrast

To the dreary…

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Added by MaryBeth Smith on 3rd mo. 8, 2015 at 7:31pm — No Comments

Friendship

Invitation.
Afternoon tea
for two.
A welcome.
The hospitality afforded
By a beautiful home
And space and Light Within.
Sharing experiences,
Points of connection.
Conversation, cozy by the fire,
Bright sparks of new friendship
Comforting contrast
To the dreary day

[Read more at SimplicityProcess.com . http://wp.me/p4NMHw-1k]

Added by MaryBeth Smith on 3rd mo. 8, 2015 at 7:28pm — No Comments

New: Quaker Universalist Facebook Group

Friends, PLEASE JOIN our new QUF Facebook Group @ https://www.facebook.com/groups/QuakerUniversalists/.

This is a Public group, so members can post and can invite other people to become members. (Group administrators will approve those new memberships.)

We will continue to post here on the QUF page @…

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Added by Mike Shell on 3rd mo. 4, 2015 at 3:40am — No Comments

AN OLD FRONTIER OF THE HEART

http://threesimplequestions.blogspot.com

I found this old memory in my heart. A joy not used up. You and a photo and old longings set aside. Can there be an old frontier of the heart?

Added by Jean Yeager on 2nd mo. 27, 2015 at 6:04am — 1 Comment

Simplicity Ain't As Easy As It Looks

[Posted at http://simplicityprocess.com/2015/02/25/simplicity-aint-as-easy-as-it-looks/]

The alternate title considered for this post was, “What Was I Thinking?”

I was sort of on a roll for awhile, posting here several times a week, engaging with comments on the …

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Added by MaryBeth Smith on 2nd mo. 25, 2015 at 6:00pm — 2 Comments

Discarding the Similitudes or Masks.

Witnessing to Presence as air.

Generally speaking, we don't argue over breathing air. I mean, there are no groups advocating for a particular way of breathing air. There are no air intake traditions. There are no groups running around advocating for a particular philosophy or theology of breathing. Furthermore, there are no political groups or politicians advocating against people who do not breath the correct way or groups who would persecute others who do not breath the way they…

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Added by Keith Saylor on 2nd mo. 24, 2015 at 1:30pm — 8 Comments

Quakers & Christian Universalism: A Call for Blog Post Writers

Today, after centuries of Christendom’s affirmations that “Jesus is the answer,” he is free at last to be the question again. After centuries in which Christian adherence served as a conformist cloak of social respectability for many, whatever their misgivings, confusions, and hypocrisies, the unabashed Christian is now rather suspect in growing sectors of western society. Now it is getting interesting! After centuries in the gilded cage of officially sanctioned…
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Added by Mike Shell on 2nd mo. 24, 2015 at 8:03am — No Comments

Winning Friends and Ignoring the Rest





Earlier last week I wrote about a Quaker resource center in DC, William Penn House, under threat of closure. Since then, it has been established that the…

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Added by Kevin Camp on 2nd mo. 23, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

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