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A rightwing Quaker is hard to find.

"Conservative" Quaker means normally that you are a traditionalist in all matters of religion and personal conduct, but not politically. To their honor, a lot of Quakers have been "Libertarians" when this kind of political ideology was fashionable, but where have they gone?

So let's speak about the Left and the Right. These are the names of conflict parties, not of general concepts, and conflict parties can change their…

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Added by Rainer Möller on 3rd mo. 16, 2019 at 8:30am — No Comments

Grokking Quakers

[ originally posted on Medium ]

Do you know the etymology of “grok”? To the best of my knowledge, it comes from Stranger in a Strange Land, by Robert Heinlein.

You’d think I’d have talked a lot more about…

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Added by Kirby Urner on 3rd mo. 12, 2019 at 5:35pm — 1 Comment

Global Meeting for Worship – Live online Quaker worship

Please join Quaker Universalist Fellowship

in our new experiment with live online Quaker worship.

Global Meeting for Worship

via Zoom web conferencing

Beginning Wednesday, March 6, 2019

and each Wednesday thereafter.…

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Added by Mike Shell on 2nd mo. 21, 2019 at 11:00am — No Comments

New Essay at Abiding Quaker: Introduction to "The Gospel and Self-Knowledge"

The following paragraph is an excerpt from a new essay of mine at…

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Added by Patricia Dallmann on 2nd mo. 16, 2019 at 2:51pm — No Comments

A walk through time out of Time. Manifesting those Quakers out of all Appearances.

A walk through time out of Time. Manifesting those Quakers out of all Appearances.

Thirty years ago, I had an experience of seeing a different way of being, conscience and consciousness. It was a glimpse of a glimpse that held fast and true in the far periphery of Life; kissing consciousness. In that moment, I became Quaker. However, Quaker of a different sort.

For twenty years I have attended Quaker Assemblies of various sorts. There was a time I almost sought membership in…

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Added by Keith Saylor on 12th mo. 3, 2018 at 8:14pm — 3 Comments

Curing and healing

Originally published on The Empty Path: Nonaligned faith and practice in the present


American culture has been fixated from the start on two principles inherited from the 17th century English society that established the colonies: the mandate to cure physical, social, and moral ills, and the primacy of ownership.

Whether Puritan, Catholic, or…

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Added by Mike Shell on 12th mo. 3, 2018 at 12:30pm — No Comments

New essay at Abiding Quaker: "Opening the Scriptures: Parable of the Wheat and the Tares"

The following paragraph is an excerpt from a new post titled "Opening the…

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Added by Patricia Dallmann on 12th mo. 1, 2018 at 1:10pm — No Comments

We cannot live outside of history," by Mary Klein, editor of Western Friend

Republished on Quaker Universalist Conversations

by permission of Mary Klein, editor of Western Friend…


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Added by Mike Shell on 11th mo. 30, 2018 at 9:41am — No Comments

BYO"E" — Bring Your Own Experience to Way of the Spirit

BYO"E" Bring Your Own Experience

What makes the Way of the Spirit program so profound for participants? In part, it's the experiential approach I describe in post linked above. 2019 retreat cycle begins February 15-18 in Mt. Angel, OR. Details: …

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Added by Christine Betz Hall on 11th mo. 28, 2018 at 3:42pm — No Comments

Ignore the news cycle. Cooperation is hardwired.

Republished from The Empty Path: Nonaligned faith and practice in the present.


There ain’t no good guys, there ain’t no bad guys.

There’s only you and me and we just disagree. — Dave Mason

What is it we all fear? We fear what our culture—or, rather, whatever part of our culture we pay attention to—tells us…

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Added by Mike Shell on 11th mo. 4, 2018 at 4:00pm — No Comments

New essay at Abiding Quaker: His Seed Remaineth

The following is an excerpt from a new post at Abiding Quaker , titled "His Seed Remaineth."…

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Added by Patricia Dallmann on 11th mo. 3, 2018 at 9:00am — No Comments

Help finding a specific word for a specific behavior.

Hello,

Imagine this happened to you:

You are reading a book on a park bench and someone walks up to you and punches your arm then yells at you saying, “Hey you hit me.” 

Can anyone come up with a word for this behavior? I’m struggling to find a word that is right on target. Hypocrisy doesn’t seem to fit.

Thank you, Keith

Added by Keith Saylor on 10th mo. 17, 2018 at 1:15pm — 3 Comments

The Earliest Quakers and Liberal Quakerism

Many Quakers mistakenly assume that the modern liberal Quaker movement is not akin to the movement first began by the very earliest Quakers from the 1640’s into the 1670’s. Yet, three characteristics of these very earliest Quakers remain essential characteristics of liberal Quakers in modern times: Spiritual freedom, egalitarianism, and mysticism.

As with many spiritual movements at their beginning, Quakerism began as a free-flowing spiritual society. Highly influenced by Jesus’ own…

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Added by Howard Brod on 10th mo. 12, 2018 at 9:59pm — 4 Comments

Those Early Quakers who were come out of the process of participation in and identification with outward Ecclesiastical and Magisterial Forms, Practices, and Prescriptions.

In 1673 a letter from an anonymous Quaker was published. This letter expressed the writer’s concern that those who were establishing outward structure to guide and inform the gathering were usurping the prerogative of the inshining Spirit itself in itself to rule and guide the gathering in and through the conscience and consciousness of people by forcing people in the gathering to follow their rule. He accused those establishment forces, who were admonishing or contending for submission to…

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Added by Keith Saylor on 10th mo. 8, 2018 at 1:34pm — 3 Comments

Reintroducing "The Quaker Universalist Reader #1": The 1986 collection republished in eBook format

The Quaker Universalist Reader Number 1: A Collection of Essays, Addresses and Lectures, edited by Quaker Universalist Fellowship Editors (1986; republished in eBook Format, 2017).

NOTE: This is the first of three Quaker Universalist Readers now republished in eBook format. All three volumes are…

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Added by Mike Shell on 10th mo. 3, 2018 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Friendly Infrastructure: Two Exhibits

[ EXHIBIT 1: Recent posting to npym-it-discuss, a listserv for those in NPYM interesting in yakking about matters IT ]

09/05/2018 (17 days ago)



https://mail.python.org/pipermail/edu-sig/2018-August/012012.html



This is a link to a publicly archived listserv (intentional spelling, allusion to brand Listserv, which then became a generic, like…
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Added by Kirby Urner on 9th mo. 22, 2018 at 10:57pm — 3 Comments

The Christian Quaker by: William Rogers - Complete web and pdf versions.

In the year 1680, William Rogers published “The Christian Quaker Distinguished from the Apostate & Innovator, in Five Parts” as a response to what many Quakers at the time understood to be an introduction of a peremptory spirit into the gathering led by George Fox. This categorical process was manifested by George Fox’s establishment of outward institutional forms and prescriptions, the adherence to which, was enforced through ridicule and demonization and other activities over against…

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Added by Keith Saylor on 9th mo. 12, 2018 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Hear Ye Him: Some observations on Matthew 17

And when they were come to Capernaum, they that received tribute money came to Peter, and said, Doth not your master pay tribute? He saith, Yes. And when he was come into the house, Jesus prevented him, saying, What thinkest thou, Simon? Of whom do the kings of the earth take custom or tribute? Of their own children, or of strangers? Peter saith unto him, Of strangers. Jesus saith unto him, Then are the children free. Notwithstanding, lest we should offend them, go thou to the sea, and cast…

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Added by Patricia Dallmann on 9th mo. 2, 2018 at 8:00am — No Comments

Regarding the Gospel of Judas (a film documentary)

In case you don't have time to watch the movie, or can't get your hands on a copy, the National Geographic documentary about the Gospel of Judas is pretty interesting.



Yes, National Geographic was a sponsor of the project, as if it turned out this was an authentic document, then kudos would accrue to the documentary makers.  For sure this whole operation would need to be memorialized using state of the art film techniques.  One doesn't mess…
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Added by Kirby Urner on 8th mo. 27, 2018 at 5:07pm — No Comments

The "Presence" of God

Our experience of the presence of God is our entire experience, including all internal and external senses and our awareness of experiencing.

We can't say that some subset of our experience is the presence of God.

Some aspect of our experience may come to symbolize or represent or indicate the presence of God to a person, but that's an agreed 'codeword' between God and that person: "When I feel ___ then I know You are here & open for business." God is always here and open…

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Added by Forrest Curo on 8th mo. 26, 2018 at 7:01pm — No Comments

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