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The Case of Confused vs. Infused

Con: "With" the Court of Quaker Opinion, we hold to the innate capacity for human perfection.

In: You mean the human complexity for God-given perfection.

Con: Not if you have a Testimony of Simplicity.

In: You mean Plain-ness, which reflects the Original Poverty, as need rather than capacity, of humanity.

Con: It is Simplicity when you have moved from poverty.

In: You mean a move next to or across from it - like the flight to the ever-expanding…


Added by Clem Gerdelmann on 8th mo. 18, 2014 at 6:00am — 1 Comment

The Early Quaker Testimony in the Words of George Fox

A Testimony Many Quakers Past, Present, and Future will not abide. George Fox in his own words unfiltered by agenda testifying to Presence.

Now, reader, whosoever thou art that readest this following volume, if thy mind be sober, and thy heart right towards God, thou may come to a good understanding of the ground and cause of this great controversy, between the priests and the professorship of this nation, and us who are in scorn called Quakers, for it is not unknown to…


Added by Keith Saylor on 8th mo. 16, 2014 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

Looking for a Sign

One of the largest reasons I was first attracted to the Religious Society of Friends was the life and ministry of George Fox. I’ve told people before that if I ever strike it rich, I want to have a quality film made about Fox, Fell, Nayler, and Penn. It is a shame how poorly documented the English…


Added by Kevin Camp on 8th mo. 15, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Life in the Life

I am the eternal Presence that liberates consciousness from identity with outward ideals and institutions. I am a new and different idenitity. In me there is neither man nor woman, Quaker nor Pentecostal, rich nor poor. I am identity and meaning itself; lived  in immediacy. When the self-conscious ego releases attachment with all outward things ... the inward light shines ... I am.

In gratitude and thankfulness for life in the Life.

Added by Keith Saylor on 8th mo. 15, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments


WE ARE ALL ON THE BORDER -  We are all  changing, growing and moving. But crossing borders is about confrontation as there are GUARDIANS whose job it is to test us.

Added by Jean Yeager on 8th mo. 14, 2014 at 1:59pm — No Comments

In my presence is freedom from the abstract intellect.

Abstract intellectual discussions and theoretical interpretations are the incantations of the reflective consciousness that bewtiches and enchants the natural mind into a lack of faith in the direct immediacy of my presence. This consciousness holds firm to outward institutional, ideological constructs, and practices as a basis for spirituality. It does not know or speak another way. It must rest in outward thoughts, feelings, and desires about me rather than rest in me directly. 



Added by Keith Saylor on 8th mo. 12, 2014 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Religious Skepticism

A few hundred years ago, many legitimate critiques could be made of religion. It was often punitive, restrictive, bloodthirsty, hypocritical, and two-faced. Heretics were tortured or burned at the stake, convicted in show trials that would be the envy of Stalin. Some of the more metaphorical and symbolic beliefs of Christianity were…


Added by Kevin Camp on 8th mo. 11, 2014 at 4:54pm — 2 Comments

A Reflection on Intermountain Yearly Meeting 2014 Annual Gathering

ESR student Tracy Davis shares her thoughts about Intermountain YM's 2014 Annual Gathering as a poem:…


Added by Earlham School of Religion on 8th mo. 11, 2014 at 9:09am — No Comments

Humanity's 4-H Club

Hearth and home have been replaced by microwave and house; "help me, please" and "that hurts" replaced by drama and endurance training.

Result: Heads in the sand, hearts on the sleeve, hands on the wheel AND phone, and health on drugs.

The very first volume of American poetry(published in England), like the youth programs sponsored by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, hit upon the formula for complementarity: Four Elements, Seasons, Ages of Man and Freedoms(illustrated by Norman…


Added by Clem Gerdelmann on 8th mo. 11, 2014 at 6:30am — 1 Comment

My Father Is a Right Winger

Dear Friends,

I hope you will allow me to cross-post an article that I did not write myself. It has made a quick an impression on me. The original source is here.


Hi Andrew,

I'm writing because I just can't deal with my father anymore. He's a 65-year-old super right-wing conservative. I'm more or less a liberal democrat with…

Added by Kevin Camp on 8th mo. 9, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments

Speak Me, not about me.

I am freedom from dependency on natural consciousness; needing the outward mirrors of thoughts, emotions, desires, philosophies, theologies, institutions, and objects in the world to be conscious. I am salvation from the fear of the loss of the body. Spellbound to the mirrored consciousness, there is nothing but oblivion in the death of the body. Imagine no body, no brain to mirror thought and emotion, no eyes to see outward objects, no ears to hear outward sounds, no tougue to taste, no…


Added by Keith Saylor on 8th mo. 7, 2014 at 10:31am — No Comments

When Someone Attacks Your Religious Beliefs

I want to thank readers of my blog for being tolerant and accepting of my posts about organized religion. It is a pleasure to write among fellow Quakers and fellow believers. You have shown a kind of intellectual maturity and tolerance I rarely experience. I have occasional rubbed a few people…


Added by Kevin Camp on 8th mo. 7, 2014 at 9:30am — 8 Comments

Less Politics, More Light: Part 1


As my experience of Quaker Faith and Practice has deepened I have become steadily more attracted to the period of Quietism; its teachings, its way of life.  At the same time I have become gradually more estranged by contemporary Quaker Faith and Practice both liberal and evangelical.  I plan to put up a few posts expressing why I think contemporary Quaker Faith and Practice has lost more than it has gained.  From a certain perspective, I view these posts as a kind of ‘Critique of…


Added by Jim Wilson on 8th mo. 4, 2014 at 4:33pm — 5 Comments

The Case of Old Rondelay vs. Old Bugbear

O.R.: Not to subject the Court of Quaker Opinion to a long song and dance, we strive for rhythm and rhyme in the individual experience of the sacred.

O.B.: Deaf, however, to the eruption and thunderclap of the sacred - that you are too busy justifying your experience of.

O.R.: God is heard in the soft breeze and in the silence.

O.B.: Yet, God is reverenced, OR not, in the cross-purposes of the individual life.

O.R.: Obviously, we are not playing with the same…


Added by Clem Gerdelmann on 8th mo. 4, 2014 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

Faith in the living Gospel; the direct and immediate experience of Presence.

I am the living liquid that flows in and through each moment in your life. I am both the chalice and the liquid itself. In all things turn your mind to my presence and it will be renewed and transformed by my light candling your conscious and conscience.I am the living Word that the abstracted mind rejects in favor of outward ideas, conceptual frameworks, and insitutions.

I am non-conceptual. I am not an object ... I am life eternal experienced directly. I am in the living present,…


Added by Keith Saylor on 8th mo. 3, 2014 at 10:19am — 2 Comments

Getting To The Heart Of The Matter: Crossing The Gender Divide With the Radfems and Trans Friends

“Let us begin where Quakers claim to be most comfortable when tackling difficult questions – with our own personal spiritual experience.  Quaker discussions traditionally start from this point, or are recalled to it if the discussion seems to be losing its way.”

–      Margaret Heathfield, Swarthmore Lecture 1994


When I think about the word discernment, I realize it is a shiny new word for me.  Previously, I might have…


Added by Glee Lumb on 8th mo. 2, 2014 at 10:49pm — No Comments

Let's Be Brutally Honest and Create A Moment of Reverence

If we are brutally honest with ourselves, we know that we are actually not very responsible for becoming who we have become. Most of our early forming was done at the hands of others - either positively or negatively.  Creating a sacred moment when we recall the gifts from others…


Added by Jean Yeager on 7th mo. 29, 2014 at 5:38am — No Comments

The unrefracted refracted light.

I am within and without. I am self-conscious ego in itself and in others and everything. I exist with you and without you ... in awakening or sleeping. I am timelessness and temporality ... shattering both in direct and sustained un-refracted light even while acknowledging and living refraction. I am monism and pluralism redeemed and resolved in a consciousness anchored in and a conscious informed by that which I am. I am neither separate Being no is everything me and I everything. I am the…


Added by Keith Saylor on 7th mo. 28, 2014 at 7:22pm — No Comments

The Oak Tree

My meeting has an old Oak Tree standing at the front of the meeting house.  How old I can't tell you.  but I can tell you someone wrote an article about this same "Old oak Tree" about one hundred and sixty years ago.  There's even a picture of the oak tree with the article (which we keep posted on our bulletin board) showing the "Old oak Tree" which shows a good healthy oak tree that you would think was a hundred years old.  Massive trunk.  Robust branches.

Today the "Old oak Tree"…


Added by James C Schultz on 7th mo. 28, 2014 at 9:48am — No Comments

The Prophet In The Midst

Like a thorn in your side is the prophet in the midst. It refuses to budge, like the splinter under your skin. A persistent irritation at least but, more likely, acute inflammation is the dreaded effect of this dis-ease.

No wonder religion has not been good to, let alone understanding of, the prophet in the midst. "He was too far ahead of his time" or "She just couldn't accept the way things are" is the historical/hysterical explanation for the impending backlash. And the unarmed…


Added by Clem Gerdelmann on 7th mo. 28, 2014 at 7:30am — 3 Comments

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