2nd mo. 2016 Blog Posts (12)

On Membership

Lets do an experiment.  Pick a Meeting, any Meeting.  Find a Monthly Meeting that dares to list its recorded members as a matter of public record, with or without other contact information.  Have you found one yet?  Take your time.

Time was, being public about one's membership was an act of courage.  You might go to prison for it.  The English church considered Quakers too subversive to be allowed to spread.  Many left for the New World as a result of these persecutions, although it…

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Added by Kirby Urner on 2nd mo. 29, 2016 at 1:30pm — 15 Comments

Are Computer Games Violent?

In one sense, of course many computer games are extremely violent, with blood and guts flying everywhere, lovingly rendered.  We may say the same of fairy tales too -- pretty grim.  The mind is a violent place, just read the Bible if you don't believe me -- and a lot of that stuff actually happened!  Earth, the planet, is surely violent.  As humans aiming to be humane, we're concerned with making it no more violent than it needs to be.  Gratuitous violence, like unnecessary suffering, are…

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Added by Kirby Urner on 2nd mo. 29, 2016 at 12:00pm — No Comments

On Racism

One of the more bogus locutions out there stems from identifying with some goofy fiction like the "white race" (really?) and then thinking to "speak for" that fictional grouping.  "Speaking as a white person for a moment..."  Yeah, right.  Funny.

Even if there were a "white race" I wouldn't consider anyone I know, including myself, authorized to speak for it.  But yes, I consider "races" to be entirely fictional, a-scientific inventions.  There's no genetics behind the concept, only a…

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Added by Kirby Urner on 2nd mo. 29, 2016 at 11:00am — No Comments

Kevin Camp Community: or Why You Should Quit Your Day Job

10 I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought. 11 My brothers and sisters, some from Chloe’s household have informed me that there are…

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Added by Kevin Camp on 2nd mo. 24, 2016 at 11:30am — No Comments

​“Preacher, tell them that Satan is real, too”: Connecting Rothbard’s Conceptual Realism and Quaker Notions

Recently in reading through Murray Rothbard’s Man, Economy, and State, I came across an interesting concept with possible relevance for religious practice. In critiquing the economic thought of some others, he explains that…

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Added by Matt on 2nd mo. 23, 2016 at 10:30pm — 22 Comments

Is Marilynne Robinson a Quaker?

On the Quaker Universalist Fellowship blog, Larry Spears writes about Marilynne Robinson's new book, The Givenness of Things (2015).

Marilynne Robinson is the author of Gilead: A Novel (2004), which was awarded the 2005 Pulitzer…

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Added by Mike Shell on 2nd mo. 21, 2016 at 6:30pm — No Comments

The Divine Gift of Counterwill

What Early Friends shared with their Puritan antagonists was a theology in which natural human will was an evil to be overcome. Our own will was innately in rebellion against God -- was capricious, heedless, insatiable -- downright wilful -- and the bulk of George Fox's contemporaries agreed that it could only lead to trouble.

In Puritan systems, not even Jesus could make that will good, but merely achieve posthumous forgiveness for the inevitable lapses.

Quakers objected that…

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Added by Forrest Curo on 2nd mo. 17, 2016 at 1:38am — No Comments

February Friends Journal Article on Zen Buddhism & Quakerism

The latest Friends Journal, February 2016 (page 32), has a thoughtful article by Peter Taylor about the relationship between Zen Buddhism and Quakerism.  The article appealed to me because I have a similar background.  I studied Buddhism of the Zen variety in Korea and Japan and was dedicated to this type of practice for a long time.  At one point I took vows as a Zen monastic.  Because I was raised in a secular household Zen was the first religious tradition that I had experience with. …

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Added by Jim Wilson on 2nd mo. 15, 2016 at 8:02pm — 1 Comment

How do you make God laugh?

“How do you make God laugh?

Tell him your plans.”  ~ …

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Added by Bill Hendricks on 2nd mo. 15, 2016 at 9:38am — No Comments

Art—An opportunity for collaboration with God

“Art is a collaboration between God and the artist, and the less the artist does the better.” ~ Andre Gide 

 I have always considered myself unfortunate because I don’t read as fast as some and not as smart as most but I thank God for the ability to see and interact with the world through my art.…

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Added by Bill Hendricks on 2nd mo. 8, 2016 at 7:18am — 1 Comment

Active Duty Friends

I was listening to another episode of NPR, government funded, actively recruiting women into the military, celebrating combat as glorious service for the Homeland. 

Drop everything, including your children if need be, when you hear the call.  Your country needs you.  Yours is not to reason why, yours is but to do or die.  These values start to disseminate as early as elementary school.…



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Added by Kirby Urner on 2nd mo. 5, 2016 at 11:30am — No Comments

Summer Cushman: Remembering the Light Within

"I had the opportunity to travel to Whittier Friends Church outside of LA this past weekend. I was invited by the dean of my seminary (Earlham School of Religion or ESR) to come and speak about entrepreneurial ministry, which is a name being applied to ministers working outside of traditional church settings. It’s a growing reality and one…

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Added by Earlham School of Religion on 2nd mo. 5, 2016 at 9:00am — No Comments

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