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What We Cannot Do Alone

 What follows are field notes from my experience serving at the intersection of institutional leadership and renewal in the Quaker movement. I hope this reflection might offer encouragement to your work of exploration and discovery in your own context: your local meeting, yearly meeting, other Friends institution, or in some new garden where you find yourself called to labor.

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Added by QuakerQuaker on 6th mo. 24, 2017 at 2:54pm — No Comments

Israel-Palestine From Both Sides of the Mirror

Includes views from Joyce Ajlouny, director of the Ramallah Friends School, and incoming general secretary of American Friends Service Committee.

Added by QuakerQuaker on 6th mo. 24, 2017 at 2:53pm — No Comments

A Conversation About Delay

“Quaker time” is not a thing. We’ve made it a thing. Discernment is not about doing things in “Quaker time,” it’s about doing things in God’s time, which is sometimes much slower than earthly time and other times faster. I don’t think early Friends, the Publishers of Truth, often wrote a pamphlet and then sat on it for six months because they weren’t completely sure about the placement of a comma.…

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Added by QuakerQuaker on 6th mo. 24, 2017 at 2:53pm — No Comments

The journal "Quaker Studies" to become open access

Professor 'Ben' Pink Dandelion, Editor of Quaker Studies, said “This is a very exciting moment for the journal and for Quaker studies as a whole. The new arrangement will be of great benefit to scholars worldwide, in Quaker studies and in the wider humanities.

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Added by QuakerQuaker on 6th mo. 24, 2017 at 2:52pm — No Comments

Nakedness and prophecy on climate

Those who walk on the climate pilgrimage are walking naked, stripped this time not of their clothes, but of propriety, of the armor of policy, and the pretenses of technique.

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Added by QuakerQuaker on 6th mo. 24, 2017 at 2:51pm — No Comments

How do we articulate the difference between the ideal and where we are?

But there’s another way to solve the gap between what is and what could be, and that’s to simply change what could be. This is so much easier than changing what is, because after all, what could be is a theoretical (or in the case of Friends, a spiritual) thing. All we have to do is change the way we think about it, and—poof!—we’ve changed it! 

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Added by QuakerQuaker on 6th mo. 24, 2017 at 2:50pm — No Comments

The Infallible Mark

The Infallible Mark



Studies from "The Christian Quaker ..." by William Rogers (1680).



Note: The spelling and sentence structure from the quoatations of Rogers behold has not been modernized.



"For though the Apostle saith, Gal. 5. 2. I Paul say unto you, if ye be Circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing, and Gal. 4. 9, 10, 11. But now after ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the Weak and…

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Added by Keith Saylor on 6th mo. 20, 2017 at 2:57pm — 1 Comment

From Blogging to a place to live

I am collecting my reflections for a book that I will release for free this fall in hopes that people will donate to a fund that helps low income folks pay for shares in cooperative housing developments. 

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Added by Glenn Morison on 6th mo. 16, 2017 at 12:20pm — No Comments

When one door closes, another door opens

While attributed to Alexander Graham Bell, Bob Marley and others, this phrase can be found in the Spanish Novella, The Life of Lazarillo de Tormes and of His Fortunes and Adversities,. The story was published anonymously, due to its heretical content Written originally in 1554, it was later…

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Added by Glenn Morison on 6th mo. 11, 2017 at 11:00am — No Comments

Cambridge Platonists

This is an open question to readers here who have a broader knowledge of Quaker history than I do.  I am wondering if the early Quakers had any relationships with the Cambridge Platonists.  I have only recently become aware of them.  Some of their doctrines seem similar to some Quaker perspectives (though admittedly I have at this time read very little).  I have not come across any mention of interaction between Quakers and Cambridge Platonists.  But the timing is right; the Cambridge…

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Added by Jim Wilson on 6th mo. 7, 2017 at 2:55pm — 16 Comments

Graveyards are full of indispensable people

This adage is similar to “a little piece of churchyard fits everyone.” It speaks to our common fate of death and a reminder that each one of us is neither irreplaceable nor indispensable. This is true even though we often believe ourselves to be. I attended my 30th high school reunion and stood next to a…

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Added by Glenn Morison on 6th mo. 7, 2017 at 11:30am — No Comments

Every day is a gift... that is why they call it the present.

The last half of this quotation is one of many additions that follow the first half. These few words hold some common themes in this book and much spiritual writing. It speaks of the call to be present in the moment. It speaks of the centrality of gratitude. And the phrase ties these two concepts together with…

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Added by Glenn Morison on 6th mo. 4, 2017 at 2:51pm — No Comments

New essay at Abiding Quaker: That They All May Be One

Here's an excerpt from an essay titled "That They All May Be One," which can be found on my website Abiding Quaker . Please visit my site and read the essay. The excerpt follows:

The Quaker movement began with the discovery…

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Added by Patricia Dallmann on 6th mo. 3, 2017 at 10:27am — No Comments

Daddy's looking down at us

A common image that eulogists share at funerals is that once we die we sit in a comfy chair and smile as we look down at our loved ones as they go about their lives. This notion is not biblical but is, instead, a certain extrapolation of the Greek idea that we have an enduring soul or spirit. I…

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Added by Glenn Morison on 6th mo. 2, 2017 at 11:39am — 1 Comment

Getting the Words Right

“I am sitting with a philosopher in the garden; he says again and again 'I know that that’s a tree', pointing to a tree that is near us. Someone else arrives and hears this, and I tell him: 'This fellow isn’t insane. We are only doing philosophy.”

Ludwig Wittgenstein, On Certainty

Added by David McKay on 5th mo. 29, 2017 at 7:17pm — No Comments

I Deny Being a Quaker

I delivered the following message at Richmond First Friends on May 28, 2017. This post originally appeared on the Quaker Libertarians blog.

John 18: 15-18, 25-27

15 Simon Peter and another disciple followed Jesus. Since…
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Added by Matt on 5th mo. 29, 2017 at 3:30pm — 3 Comments

Job Available: Young Adult Field Secretary, New York Yearly Meeting

The Young Adult Field Secretary works with and supports the young adults in New York Yearly Meeting, serving as a locus for networking and disseminating information; assisting in multi-generational community development; doing mentoring, pastoral care, coordinating, and outreach; and helping young adult Friends to develop their gifts and to find a home in the Religious Society of Friends. In addition, the position will support young adult Friends' retreats and activities and opportunities…

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Added by Sarah Way on 5th mo. 25, 2017 at 2:47pm — No Comments

The Line You Shall Not Cross

There is a line set down by other people relative to a person’s relationship with and participation in immanent Presence. This line or wall is heavily guarded and fortified by the protectorate of outward forms. The outward weapons of this protectorate are religious and political ideology, theology, tradition, similitudes, practices, etc. The nuclear weapon of the protectorate is the abstracted “God” who speaks to them and tells them how to direct and lead others so that to not follow the… Continue

Added by Keith Saylor on 5th mo. 23, 2017 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

The Metaphor is the Meaning

You don't do the Bible, or any human being greater honor, or understand them better, by taking them literally.

To take something "metaphorically" doesn't mean that we treat it as just a fluffy literary decoration.

In mathematics there's a term for what a metaphor does: it's called "a mapping." A useful metaphor says that one thing has a similar structure to another thing; they behave alike in analogous circumstances. One of them can be taken as a useful hint toward…

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Added by Forrest Curo on 5th mo. 20, 2017 at 12:33am — No Comments

All good things must come to an end

This was first recorded in 1440 in the poem Partenope of Blois, Ye “wote wele of all thing must be an end.” Note that the word good is omitted. It is similar to “All things must pass”, “this too shall pass” and “here today, gone tomorrow” all of which imply that the transient nature of life applies to both…

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Added by Glenn Morison on 5th mo. 14, 2017 at 11:30am — No Comments

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