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We are the Church

Have you ever wondered why we don't call our Friends Meeting a Church? George Fox, one of the founders of The Society of Friends (Quakers), used to call the Churches in England steeple houses. His idea, radical at the time, was that the Church is the people.

There is a Zen Buddhist proverb that says; The Zen that is at the top of a mountain, is…

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Added by Roger Vincent Jasaitis on 4th mo. 16, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments

"The Universality of Christ" (Excerpts)

Friends,

Wayne Ferguson has shared with Quaker Universalist Conversations several posts from Getting to Know Jesus in the 21st Century. In his introduction to the blog, he writes:…

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Added by Mike Shell on 4th mo. 15, 2015 at 2:36pm — No Comments

SELECTING OMENS



We modern people know that we are in total control of stock markets, employee relationships, the healthiness of our product / service, the weather, climate, earthquakes, disease, childhood illness, love for one another and war and that we have no need of omens. That's old superstitious bunkum that has no place in today's corporate world.  Omens? C'mon.!?…

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Added by Jean Yeager on 4th mo. 11, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments

SELECTING OMENS

We modern people know that we are in total control of stock markets, our Meeting for Business, employee relationships, the healthiness of our product / service, the weather, climate, earthquakes, disease, childhood illness, love for one another and war and our Meeting's relationship with world events that we have no need of omens. That's old superstitious bunkum that has no place in today's corporate world.  Omens? C'mon.!?…

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Added by Jean Yeager on 4th mo. 11, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments

First Day Reflections on "The Bread of Life"

I saw this message on a plaque recently; Grace isn’t a little prayer you say before a meal. It’s a way to live. Do you give thanks or say Grace before “breaking bread”? Where does this custom come from? This painting Saying Grace from Norman Rockwell speaks to the way that a lot of…

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Added by Roger Vincent Jasaitis on 4th mo. 10, 2015 at 11:13am — 2 Comments

Bell Hooks, Courtney Hoffman, and Memories Pizza

Some thoughts on feminism, Quakerism, and voluntaryism

In the 2004 book The Will to Change: Men, Masculinity, and Love, bell hooks seeks to build a bridge between…

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Added by Matt on 4th mo. 8, 2015 at 2:02pm — 2 Comments

Fortuna, Intuited Being or Presence

Spent the evening in Fortuna, CA. This morning, there is an overwhelming Grace that fills the spaces between activities; there is a contiguous (ever Present) Being anchoring conscious in itself and conscience embraces various renderings through intuitive momentum. The wheel of fortune ever tumbling is overridden by the eternal nature of a life in Presence itself ... unpredicated by the tumblings of Fortuna's outward wheel. 

Oh, what a blessing to know a life unpredicated; a…

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Added by Keith Saylor on 4th mo. 7, 2015 at 11:13am — No Comments

When There is No There There in a House of Worship



This past Easter Sunday I decided to skip Quaker Meeting and attend a high church Episcopal service instead. My religious past was low church Protestant, as is true for most of the American South. I was raised in a very humble Methodist church with a few ornate trappings here and there, most of which…

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Added by Kevin Camp on 4th mo. 7, 2015 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

Let's Have Tea

This is an article in the form of a brief Memoir that I have written in respects to my Mother Nora Ruth Roberts who is a direct descendant of Henry James and William James.

I am open to any comments, this maybe my own soul searching on how the life of a writer can be painful, and is far from perfect. I am interested in your experience, strength and hope being that my Mother is now living in a nursing home.

Let’s…

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Added by Robben Wainer on 4th mo. 6, 2015 at 3:29am — No Comments

Bread of Life

I have a tradition of baking Polish Easter bread (babka) for Easter Sunday that I share with family and neighbors. This custom is carried on throughout Ukraine, Poland and Belorussia to celebrate the rising of…

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Added by Roger Vincent Jasaitis on 4th mo. 3, 2015 at 12:08pm — No Comments

SLOW BLIND

http://threesimplequestions.blogspot.com/2015/04/slow-blind.html

Slowness is like the sunset and the darkness emerging. If you stand on the edge of a lake watching for the sunset, you look for the moment at which darkness overtakes the light. Even if you do not get distracted, you will  sometimes miss the moment because your consciousness flips from one to the other. We don’t…

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Added by Jean Yeager on 4th mo. 3, 2015 at 6:53am — No Comments

"Unnatural Phenomenon," by Kathleen Stocking

Called a "rural seer" by the New York Times in 1991, Kathleen Stocking left Michigan's Leelanau Peninsula, took her powers of perception on the road, taught in the prisons and homeless shelters of California, taught in a scary private school in El Salvador, managed two tours in the Peace Corps, traveled, discovered a world increasingly without borders due to the Internet, and finally came home…

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Added by Mike Shell on 4th mo. 1, 2015 at 10:00pm — No Comments

MORALIC ACID

MORALIC ACID is burning many of us but there is a moral anecdote which you may create.

http://threesimplequestions.blogspot.com/2015/04/moralic-acid_1.html

Added by Jean Yeager on 4th mo. 1, 2015 at 3:26pm — No Comments

10 Years of QuakerQuaker--and Passing the Hat!

It's hard to believe, but this summer will mark the 10 year anniversary of QuakerQuaker. Isolated Friends had started blogging a few years earlier but the scene was exploding. It seemed as if some fascinating new blog started every week. And the aggregate was growing into something more--a conversation, a community. We were finding ways to talk about spirituality out loud with Friends from across the Quaker spectrum, growing in our own faith as we grew past stereotypes and built… Continue

Added by QuakerQuaker on 3rd mo. 31, 2015 at 8:01pm — No Comments

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 — 1 Comment

“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 — 12 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

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