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Rambling: Quaker or Anabaptist? A matter of class?

As I say sometimes, I am "not literal enough to be a Mennonite" and "not liberal enough to be a Quaker".

I suppose that this is partly a matter of class consciousness. I have grown up in a small village where most men were industrial workers (with some additional farming) and even if  I am lazy by nature I have internalized the small people work ethics.

Now, Anabaptism is historically a religion of (and for) farmers and craftsmen. The good side of that: They have still some…

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Added by Chaplain Stogumber on 1st mo. 13, 2018 at 8:42am — 3 Comments

Pete Moss and Random Hazard meet the missionary.

It was very hot and humid with no breeze. Pete Moss and Random Hazard were in a very small hut which a local villager had transformed into a bar like establishment. Pete and Random were excited over the day’s events. Early in the morning they had climbed into a giant Bullet Tree, near the Central American village, that grew along a lagoon.



They were interested in the mini eco-systems anchored by the epiphytes that grew on the huge branches of the Bullet Tree. Specifically,…

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Added by Keith Saylor on 1st mo. 12, 2018 at 4:42am — No Comments

Abiding Quaker new essay: Moses and the Burning Bush



The following excerpt is from the essay "Moses and the Burning Bush," which can be found at https://patradallmann.wordpress.com/ The essay is based upon ministry given on 12/31/17 at Germantown Meeting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

To Moses, who saw his limitation and confessed his need for…

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Added by Patricia Dallmann on 1st mo. 10, 2018 at 9:52am — No Comments

The Life itself in itself guides relationships and interactions

About ten years ago it was discovered to me through the immanent impulse of eternal Presence in my conscious and conscience that the very act of setting aside specific times and places in pursuit of spiritual nurture was a hinderance or impairment relative to spiritual being and sustenance. Even was discovered to me even 25 years ago and is discovered to me even today. There is a relationship, interaction, and unity with immanent Presence that is consummated in the laying down of all…

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Added by Keith Saylor on 1st mo. 10, 2018 at 9:50am — 8 Comments

Micah 6:8

Mic 6:8 He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?

When I taught law I took great pains to make the point that as great as our legal system is, you can't count on it to "do justly" or dispense justice, the best you can hope for is to be treated fairly and unfortunately that doesn't happen often enough. Unlike Sharia law it does have room for Mercy and we can probably thank Micah…

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Added by James C Schultz on 1st mo. 9, 2018 at 11:04am — 6 Comments

The Angel Of Presence

Monday, January 8, 2018



The Angel of Presence



The circumstance of life has found me in Central America and the Caribbean for a couple weeks. The coming out of a life guided and informed by outward perceptions, sensations, thoughts, feelings, and desires and into a life guided by the immanent Presence has discovered to me a ministry wherein the very act of holding in immanent divine Presence itself in itself while interacting with others is, in itself, ministration…

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Added by Keith Saylor on 1st mo. 8, 2018 at 6:13am — No Comments

Time for Gratitude

When someone asks you the time do you glance at your wrist or reach for your pocket? For all of my adult life I have worn a watch. Mostly it has been the same watch, a 1982 Accutron Quartz. In the 1960’s Bulova began making Accutron watches. They contained a small tuning fork that created a fixed frequency that regulated the time. They were the most accurate watches on the planet… and in space, the astronauts wore them to the moon. Then came the quartz movement revolution,…

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Added by Roger Vincent Jasaitis on 12th mo. 31, 2017 at 9:09am — No Comments

A Quaker Caroler

Added by Roger Vincent Jasaitis on 12th mo. 25, 2017 at 9:54am — 1 Comment

The Ancient Simplicity, as it was once Witnessed unto by Geroge Fox.

Research Notes, George Fox, John Perrot, Ancient Simplicity



The Ancient Simplicity, as it was once Witnessed unto By George Fox.



While researching texts published on Early English Books Online, I came across this small piece of text wherein a person shares a letter written by George Fox which is used to suggest that George Fox, in his response to, and attacks against, John Perrot had come out of the Ancient Simplicity of minding the…

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Added by Keith Saylor on 12th mo. 24, 2017 at 3:09am — No Comments

Thankful for the Spirit’s leading out of political and relgious forms.

Thankful for the Spirit’s leading out of political and religious forms.

My heart is full of thankfulness for the appearance of the inshining Spirit upon my consciousness and conscience. Through this inward manifestation, it is discovered to me that I am come out of a conscience being guided and informed by outward political and religious ideologies, contrivances, and institutions. Through the hand and image of immanent Presence, it is discovered to me that I am come…

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Added by Keith Saylor on 12th mo. 21, 2017 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Idealism vs. Love

Idealism is not the same as love.  Idealism flows from our minds while love flows from our hearts.  I can ramble on about my perception of the difference between the two and many would disagree or simply fall asleep from boredom.  Such a discourse would do nothing but put good people on the defensive in protecting the role of Idealism in our lives which is not my goal.  My goal is to help those who have seen or are in the process of seeing the energy of youthful idealism seemingly soaked up…

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Added by James C Schultz on 12th mo. 18, 2017 at 12:34pm — 7 Comments

George Fox and Liberty of Conscience

Research Notes, George Fox, Conscience

Many of the most eminent have had potent Impulses, to give forth solid, and sound Arguments for Liberty of Conscience, and have pleaded strongly for the same, yet George Fox was heard to say in a selected great Assembly thus, “Though many Friends have writ for Liberty of Conscience, I never lik’d the word, it is not a good word. No Liberty to the Presbyterians, no Liberty to the Papists, no Liberty to the…

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Added by Keith Saylor on 12th mo. 14, 2017 at 2:30pm — No Comments

30 Seconds with the Mayor

Project Definition

Our city needs ways of managing storm water that come from the residential areas. The Rain Garden project is a key milestone to an eco-city. The rain gardens are made up of native flowers and shrubs, which temporary hold and soak rain water from roofs, driveways, street, and lawns, while removing off chemicals and nutrients before releasing it into drainage. The gardens are designed to slow down the speed of storm water allowing more time for…

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Added by Lindsey Woods on 12th mo. 13, 2017 at 8:59am — No Comments

Those Early Quakers who Scrupled against The Government of Quakers Excercised by George Fox

Research Notes, Spirit of the Hat, William Penn, George Fox, Religious Politic, Sufficiency, Inshining Light, John Perrot, James Naylor, Leo Damrosch



Those Early Quakers who Scrupled against The Government of Quakers Exercised by George Fox



In 1673 a tract was published anonymously and entitled “The Spirit of the Hat or the Government of the Quakers Among Themselves, As it hath been Exercised of late years by George Fox, and other Leading Men, in…

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Added by Keith Saylor on 12th mo. 10, 2017 at 12:47pm — 16 Comments

Jerusalem: World Capital

As one respectful and grateful to science, and yet a believer in continuing revelation, to me it's clear what a Chosen People we are, as hominid inhabitants of this "Global U" or "universe city" called Earth.  Likewise I see our Promised Land is a spherical body, with a relatively large moon, situated amongst other such spherical bodies, none so much an Eden nor genesis zone.

The theatrics of nation-states, on the other hand, seem increasingly phony to me, nothing serious enough on…

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Added by Kirby Urner on 12th mo. 6, 2017 at 11:30pm — 1 Comment

A response to Samuel Barnett-Cormack and the process of being guided by outward ideological constructs.

A response to this piece published here: https://quakeropenings.blogspot.co.uk/2017/12/religious-privilege-and-british-quakers.html



Hello Sam,



Thank you for this piece. Reading it has…

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Added by Keith Saylor on 12th mo. 2, 2017 at 4:22pm — No Comments

James Naylor and the kingdom of God in the conscience.

Research Notes, James Naylor, Conscience, Kingdom of God



In 1660 James Nayler co-authored a pamphlet with, Richard Hubberthorn, entitled An Account From the Children of light, (to them that askes) in several particulars, why we have been kept from joyning to, or worshipping in, those formes at Law,…

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Added by Keith Saylor on 12th mo. 1, 2017 at 7:18pm — 1 Comment

"It is Well with My Soul”: A Journey of Grief and Faith

Everything about that phone call felt wrong, even before I answered. It had started as an ordinary evening in April. I was in an empty classroom preparing for an English as a Second Language class that I was subbing for, when my phone rang, with an unknown number showing up on the caller ID. It was my son’s stepmother, and she quickly put my son’s father on. He said starkly, without any preliminaries, “Your son is dead.” My son? Not our son? When had he…

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Added by Anne Marie Hutchinson on 11th mo. 29, 2017 at 9:07pm — No Comments

James Nayler and set and established places of worship.

Research Notes, James Naylor, Outward Forms, Church Buildings, Meeting Houses, Inshining Light, Sufficiency



In 1655 James Nayler published a pamphlet entitled To Thee Oliver Cromwell, into whose hands God hath committed the sword of justice …



That there be no forcing any to…

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Added by Keith Saylor on 11th mo. 29, 2017 at 12:00pm — No Comments

"A Quaker’s Response to Christian Fundamentalism" - Sallie King’s 2009 QUF Pamphlet

Sallie B. King, Professor of Philosophy and Religion at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, is the author of many books and articles on Buddhism, Quakerism, interfaith dialogue, and the cross-cultural philosophy of religion.…

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Added by Mike Shell on 11th mo. 25, 2017 at 5:36pm — No Comments

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