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An Abolitionist President

Although US president Barack Obama is not a direct descendant of the Anglo-American slave trade, his abolitionist stance versus nuclear weapons is consistent with abolitionist values championed by a few Quakers in Underground Railroad times. 

You may be thinking "a few Quakers" is an understatement given Friends had disowned all slave-owning by around the early 1800s, pre Civil War.  Good point, however the US Government took the position that slavery was legal at the time, and indeed…

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Added by Kirby Urner on 5th mo. 27, 2016 at 11:30am — No Comments

When has the Light urged you to speak out or stand up for something?

Chapter 25 of Minding the Light: Our Collective Journal is now available online and attached as a PDF file, below. For this chapter, we invited Friends to respond to the query, "When has the Light urged you to speak out or stand up for something?"  In response, we received six stories, one from a 9-year old Friend.

What stories rise for you as you sit this query? We invite you to read these stories and consider sharing your response on QuakerQuaker, either as a…

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Added by Sally Gillette on 5th mo. 26, 2016 at 11:00pm — No Comments

I would seem to be returning to blogging...

I have been actively absent from the blogosphere for some time now. Back in the ancient of days I had a quite sustained blog presence. I have from time to time returned to blogging but each time I have faltered and left again.

I think a big part of this is my awareness of how very public the space is with a very narrow audience. Blogs take a while to take off and most do not cultivate a massive following. Meanwhile what you say and do here is publicly accessible. My attempts to do a…

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Added by David McKay on 5th mo. 21, 2016 at 9:00am — No Comments

Religion, In a Nutshell, by Winston Davis - Excerpts from a new QUF article

Friends,

Quaker Universalist Fellowship has just posted Winston Davis’ extended article, “Religion, In a Nutshell,” on its Publications page.

The following blog post offers some excerpts from the new work and invites Friends to…

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Added by Mike Shell on 5th mo. 16, 2016 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Should Meetings Accept Bitcoin and/or Other Crypto Currencies?

I'm asking an open-ended query, accepting in advance that some Friends may have made up their minds on this question (see title), whereas many more will have never posed such a query to themselves. 



We might as well give it some time to season, invite feedback. 



As Clerk of IT Committee for NPYM, it's a part of my designated role to invite open forum on such questions, debate if you will, worship-sharing, worship-discussion.



For more context: …

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Added by Kirby Urner on 5th mo. 14, 2016 at 6:30pm — 2 Comments

Living and sustaining in the Source itself.

The circumstances of my life at this moment is that I spend a much time in the natural world and with many people. In these meetings and greetings with individuals and the various forms in the natural world, there is an ever-present and abiding grace. There was a time when the visible things of the natural world…

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Added by Keith Saylor on 5th mo. 7, 2016 at 12:50pm — 3 Comments

New Post in the North American Liberation series

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As always, please post comments on the blog instead of here, so all the readers will benefit from your remarks.

Added by Bruce R. Arnold on 4th mo. 30, 2016 at 12:17pm — No Comments

Outreach

Added by Ed Lesnick on 4th mo. 30, 2016 at 11:54am — No Comments

Being Good Is Not Enough

My partner’s mother hails from conservative small town Texas. Now pushing seventy, I’ve heard her tell the same story on numerous occasions. It must have left quite a lasting impression, as I hear it every time I’m visiting family during the holidays. The latest retelling is…

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Added by Kevin Camp on 4th mo. 25, 2016 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

Convergent Model of Renewal

I have been reading an e-book called "Convergent Model of Renewal".

As I understand it thus far, the future of Quakerism is a kind of hybrid of Episcopalian, liberation theologian and furry cosplayer.

Mind you, this is probably the most hopeful suggestion I have heard in years...

Added by David McKay on 4th mo. 24, 2016 at 9:28pm — 2 Comments

A meditation toward imminent awareness (the Holy Spirit or the inshining Light).

There are many of us who are witnessing (living in) an existence wherein our conscious, conscience, meaning, purpose, and identity is established in imminent awareness itself in itself without regard to outward ideas, institutions, scriptures, persons, in political, religious, or economic contexts.  To testify to this way of existence is not in itself an act of judgementalism against an existence anchored in outward forms. It is merely sharing another way of existence.

Here is a…

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Added by Keith Saylor on 4th mo. 23, 2016 at 11:42am — 11 Comments

THE QUAKER ACTIVIST -- Reducing the Gap between Rich and Poor

                    Announcing the opening of a new blog sponsored                    by the Santa Monica Religious Society of Friends

Last Sunday, March 3, SMFM’s new blog on inequality was unveiled at the Adult Education meeting, following Fellowship. The clerk of the subcommittee of Peace and Social Action formed to study Inequality, Tim Vreeland, made the presentation to a small but appreciative audience using the house television…

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Added by Thomas Reed (Tim) Vreeland on 4th mo. 22, 2016 at 8:34pm — No Comments

What's Wrong With "Christian Fiction"?

Walking the shelves of my local library, I was surprised to find a label on a book that said "Christian Fiction." It was just above the regular label that makes books findable in  the stacks.

christianfiction Topsham Public Library puts labels on fiction that say FIC, and then below that, again in caps, the first three initials of the author's last name: JAM for a book by Marlon James that I'm reading now. Across the river, Brunswick Public Library puts  labels on fiction that say FIC, then…

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Added by Doug Bennett on 4th mo. 14, 2016 at 9:30am — 4 Comments

To those whose living Witness is our testimony and who are being led out of outward forms.

There are many of us today whose way of existence or awareness on earth is inherently anchored. That is, our conscious or awareness is inherent in itself and our conscience is formed or informed inherently; our identity, meaning, and purpose is in direct and unmediated awareness itself in itself. This inherent existence is sufficient in itself to sustain awareness and to sustains our identity, meaning, and purpose in all things on this earth. We experience life on earth somewhat like…

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Added by Keith Saylor on 4th mo. 9, 2016 at 11:37am — 8 Comments

Are we answering that of God in everyone?

What do Quakers say about post-denominationalism?
 
It depends on what branch of the Quaker tree you ask, or who. It seems as if Quaker’s are only just beginning to discover the other branches of their own tree. I will speak out of the context of the liberal Quaker branch, which is left leaning politically, and with a good dose of universalism and secular…
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Added by Hoot Williams on 4th mo. 8, 2016 at 5:30pm — No Comments

A Spirited Defense of the Pastoral System

For the sake of full disclosure and complete transparency, let me state for the record my religious past. I was raised, baptized, and confirmed a United Methodist. At the age of seventeen, well into teenage rebellion, I became a heathen Unitarian Universalist. This lasted for…

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Added by Kevin Camp on 4th mo. 8, 2016 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

A Monks Garden

“Shield me against my selfishness and my indifference to God and to my neighbor.”

~from the Novena to Saint Benedict

Early spring at the Weston Priory, a Benedictine monastery in Vermont, the monks garden is spare. You will note the bricks in the foreground with the message to “pray”.…

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Added by Roger Vincent Jasaitis on 4th mo. 8, 2016 at 11:21am — 4 Comments

THE GIFT OF THE SCRIPTURES

Some years ago in a lecture series on the Bible given at Pendle Hill, a speaker urged Friends to take back the Bible from the fundamentalists.With more than a decade having passed since that time, Quakers, for the most part, continue to forfeit our responsibility to interpret Scriptures in our particular way, through waiting for guidance from the same Spirit that brought them forth. For too long we have discounted the Scriptures’ use as a reality…

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Added by Patricia Dallmann on 4th mo. 3, 2016 at 1:19pm — 14 Comments

Receive the Holy Spirit

I will be playing the hireling minister at our local United Church this morning. So for those who object to prepared sermons I apologize now. I'm posting the text in part because I think it speaks to the character of our religious experiences somewhat and so may be of interest to some.

Now our Bibles are whole libraries of stories stretching across thousands of years of storytelling and seasoned liberally with poems, and laws, regulations and promises. But in case you…

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Added by David McKay on 4th mo. 3, 2016 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

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