Primitive Christianity Revived, Again
In a recent post, Doug Bennett wrote:
“Stillness is a spiritual discipline (like Mass, like walking the labyrinth, like fasting, like praying, like hymn singing, etc.). Friends don’t see it as a tradition, but rather as an essential practice for their worship together. ”
I have been reading James…Continue
Added by Keith Saylor on 4th mo. 20, 2015 at 4:01pm — No Comments
My devotional reading today was from John’s gospel. Chapter four starts with Jesus meeting a woman at a well in a town in Samaria. I actually read the notes in my study Bible this time. They led me to this history of how the Jews came to disrespect Samaritans:
....every nation still made gods of its own and put them in the shrines of the high places that the people of Samaria had made .... They also worshiped the Lord and appointed from among t…
Added by Jay Thatcher on 4th mo. 17, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments
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…Continue
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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.!?…
Added by Jean Yeager on 4th mo. 11, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments
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.!?…Continue
Added by Jean Yeager on 4th mo. 11, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
Added by Keith Saylor on 4th mo. 7, 2015 at 11:13am — No Comments
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…
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.
Added by Robben Wainer on 4th mo. 6, 2015 at 3:00am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Roger Vincent Jasaitis on 4th mo. 3, 2015 at 12:08pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Jean Yeager on 4th mo. 3, 2015 at 6:53am — No Comments
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…
Added by Mike Shell on 4th mo. 1, 2015 at 10:00pm — No Comments
MORALIC ACID is burning many of us but there is a moral anecdote which you may create.
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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…Continue
(Originally published as a post on Quaker Universalist Conversations on 3/25/2015.)
Eboo Patel is the founder and…
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…Continue
Added by Craig Dove on 3rd mo. 25, 2015 at 10:13pm — No Comments