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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

T. Edmund Harvey

I am working with Ben Pink Dandelion doing a PhD on  the English Quaker politician of the first half of the twentieth century, T. Edmund Harvey (1875-1955)

Thomas Edmund Harvey was born in Leeds of a prominent Quaker family in 1875.  A leading figure of his time, he was a politician and social reformer as well as an author of fiction and of religious, biographical, historical and spiritual works.  He was educated at Bootham’s School and Oxford; he is said to have been the first Quaker…

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Added by Mark Frankel on 8th mo. 22, 2018 at 6:12am — No Comments

A New Foundation to Build On: Introduction to “The Power of the Gospel”

The Quaker’s revolution was a movement to recover the experience of the power of God through the recovery of that gospel of power which had been lost “since the Apostles’ days.” -- Lewis Benson…

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Added by Patricia Dallmann on 8th mo. 16, 2018 at 10:10am — No Comments

Scam on Quakerquaker

  Dear Friends

I was contacted recently on Quakerquaker by someone calling themselves 'Elizabeth Waves' who was due to receive an inheritance of £2 million and wanted me to act as 'trustee'. It is obviously a scam, but I felt it was worth mentioning as it seems they are able to contact individual members directly. I'm not sure who administers the site but could anyone reading this please ensure that he/she is made aware of this.

Many thanks

Derek…

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Added by Derek Guiton on 7th mo. 27, 2018 at 6:12am — 2 Comments

Portland-Shiraz Sister Cities Project

The Unitarians are more at the forefront than Friends on this initiative, however we had a number of Quakers at the Iran Forum where this proposal was floated, receiving much interest and applause. I'll give a link in the comments to my journal entry on our meeting.  Portland is already sister cities with a lot of others, like Chicago is, including Sapporo (Japan) and Ashkelon (Israel).

Given my connections to higher education, I'm especially keen to share Silicon Forest curriculum…

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Added by Kirby Urner on 7th mo. 7, 2018 at 11:30pm — 2 Comments

Rescuing Romans 13:1-7 – How do we answer authoritarian use of these words?

Originally published on the Quaker Universalist Fellowship blog (6/30/18)

Amid the wide global turmoil stirred by America’s current flexing of authoritarian nationalism, a deeper spiritual turmoil has been brought to light by the current administration’s use of the apostle Paul’s Letter to the Romans.

There is a willful…

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Added by Mike Shell on 7th mo. 1, 2018 at 7:16am — 10 Comments

Immanent Communion and forbearance

ResearchNotes, Code:DisFirWis, Naylor, Creature, forebearance, condescension



The second man is spiritually begotten by the Spirit of the immortal seed, is the express image of the Father; he knows the Father and is known of him, not by relation of the creature but by the in dwelling of God in him, and he in him, according to that measure of the light revealed in him. (A Disovery of the First Wisdom from Beneath and the Second Wisdom from Above. By James Naylor,…

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Added by Keith Saylor on 6th mo. 16, 2018 at 3:27pm — No Comments

To be owned in the presence of God and the own the presence of God

The inshining presence of God and the birth of awareness and morality that is come out of outward political and religious conceptual and institutional forms and into immanent Presence itself in itself.



I am come into the presence of God and this presence is discovered and is discovering to me way of being wherein that inshining presence itself is sufficient in itself to anchor awareness and to guide and inform moral and ethical sense non-conceptually. Through the…

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Added by Keith Saylor on 6th mo. 1, 2018 at 12:38pm — No Comments

New essay at Abiding Quaker: The Tongues Declare

Here's an excerpt from a new post at Abiding Quaker.…
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Added by Patricia Dallmann on 5th mo. 20, 2018 at 10:43am — 1 Comment

New essay at Abiding Quaker: The Lesson of the Fig Tree

The following paragraph is an excerpt from the essay that can be found at Abiding Quaker .

As with so many incidents that take place in Scripture, this story tells us something of ourselves, and in this story, we are being taught something about what is expected of us as…

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Added by Patricia Dallmann on 5th mo. 18, 2018 at 3:20pm — No Comments

Of Plain Speech & Post-nationalism

Stetson + C6XTY

I might bring this up informally with Oversight Committee, like I did with my "Gun Club" Stetson.  "Is this OK?"



By "this" I mean my tendency to refer to nations in the past tense, as a matter of plain…
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Added by Kirby Urner on 5th mo. 14, 2018 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

Geroge Fox and those early Quakers who denied “prescriptions without distinction.”

Research Notes: George Fox, Researchcode: geofoxjournalpt2pg3331709ed



In 1678 George Fox was moved to write a paper against those Quakers who opposed the Godily established order and disciple in the Quaker gathering. Fox says these Quakers who opposed the divinely given order of the Quakers “deny Prescriptions without distinction.”



To deny Prescriptions without distinction is to not differentiate between those outward prescriptions that are divinely given and those…

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Added by Keith Saylor on 5th mo. 13, 2018 at 7:21pm — No Comments

Siding with Iran

As my long time blog readers know, I don't believe the Persians are hellbent on getting nuclear weapons.  On the contrary, the political rhetoric coming from these religious leaders as that holding such WMDs is highly immoral and unethical.



The US Christians don't usually say that.  Evangelicals tend to be pro atom bomb, as an expression of God's love for them.



Protestants are especially bomb crazed and explosive ordnance, along…
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Added by Kirby Urner on 5th mo. 10, 2018 at 1:47pm — 3 Comments

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