1st mo. 2009 Blog Posts (9)

Ice and power

This is our third day without electricity in Fayetteville, Arkansas, along with thousands of others in the region as the result of an ice storm. I'm at my office today (Saturday), as I came to work on my meeting's budget for this year. There hadn't been power at the office so I have been working from a coffeehouse at Hastings. I'm almost embarassed to admit how good it felt when I flipped the switch at work this morning, and the lights actually came on! I've been feeling a little depressed by… Continue

Added by David Carl on 1st mo. 31, 2009 at 1:49pm — 2 Comments

Quakers and Maps

My almost-eight-year-old niece showed me a picture she drew of the world. And Africa is very tiny, and when I told her that it's actually huge, that more than a few maps of the US could fit over the actual map of Africa, she didn't believe me.



So today I went searching for maps that would show her some persepective and found worldmapper.org. You can look at land mass based on all sorts of criteria like literacy, disaster, and religion. I had fun exploring and found this map of the… Continue

Added by N. Jeanne Burns on 1st mo. 30, 2009 at 12:58pm — 1 Comment

Matthew 18: This forgiveness thing is real

Over on the One Year Bible Quaker group, I've posted tomorrow's readings (1/29) with some early Quaker quotes courtesy of the wonderful Quaker Bible Index. It looks to be a good reading: Moses continues to tell the stubborn Pharaoh to "Let my people go," Jesus talks about the wisdom of children and gives his famous parable about camels going through eyes of needles.



But… Continue

Added by Martin Kelley on 1st mo. 28, 2009 at 10:00pm — 2 Comments

Hi!

I don't know if anyone will actually read this, but I'm going to write something & see if anyone responds! I'm a seeker, would like to attend meeting, but because of location, it's not going to happen soon; the nearest meeting, a very small one, is in a neighboring town and has no children. I have a 12 year old, and she loves the church youth group at the Methodist church that we've attended her whole life. Weighing everything, staying involved in that church is the best plan...for… Continue

Added by JJ on 1st mo. 28, 2009 at 8:05pm — 4 Comments

Rufus Jones

January 25th was Rufus Jones birthday. If he were alive today he would be 146 years old. If you have not searched out the writings of this great American Quaker and true "Spiritual Master" please do so ASAP. He is considered by many to be the greatest Quaker thinker this country has yet produced. I could argue even further that his writings have a spiritual depth that is unequalled in the whole of Quaker history.

Spread the word!

Added by Mike LaBelle on 1st mo. 28, 2009 at 2:11pm — No Comments

Presenting a Friends School message

This is from a presentation I gave for Quaker educators attending a "peer group" meeting for the Friends Council on Education. I didn't design it to be independent of the talk but I'll share it here in case anyone finds it interesting!



Presenting at a Friends School (Google Docs Presentation). I also later turned it into a Youtube… Continue

Added by Martin Kelley on 1st mo. 14, 2009 at 2:00pm — No Comments

The origins of the Nort Spews ...

By way of introduction, I started my blog, The Nort Spews News & Reviews, back in 2005. This was just before I became a member of the Miami Friends Meeting.



Though the blog was intended from the beginning to be about a wide range of subjects of interest to me personally, when looking back I see that the very first entry concerned a war protest in front of the meeting house.



(Read it… Continue

Added by Steve Donachie on 1st mo. 12, 2009 at 4:34pm — No Comments

The New Calvanism

I read this morning an interesting New York Times magazine article on the rise of a "New Calvanism" as embodied by one preacher and church in particular: Mark Driscoll and Mars Hill.

Thought folks here might be interested. And I wonder what Convergent folks think about it.

Here's the long article.

Added by N. Jeanne Burns on 1st mo. 11, 2009 at 1:17pm — 13 Comments

Witnessing For Peace In A Violent World: I

On New Year’s Eve, Clare and I saw the 2005 German film Sophie Scholl: Die Letzen Tage (The Last Days). The film tells the incredible true story of Hans and Sophie Scholl, a brother and sister who were students at the University of Munich in 1943 and who with several other brave young people formed the White Rose resistance movement against the Nazis. Hans, who had served on the Eastern Front, had witnessed with horror the execution of Jews by members of an Einsatzgruppen unit, and… Continue

Added by Michael Radigan on 1st mo. 2, 2009 at 4:00pm — 2 Comments

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