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I've long been aware of this branch in Jewish Orthodoxy and have wondered if the free-from-nations movement (FFNM) would be regarded as offensive to them. Paradox: FFNM encourages each self-respecting nation to fulfill plans for world domination virtually meaning: assume you've won, the world is your…

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Added by Kirby Urner on 2nd mo. 25, 2018 at 5:30pm — 3 Comments

The rule, government and authority of immanent Presence fractures the rule, government, and authority of algorithmically established engagement..

The rule, government and authority of immanent Presence fractures the rule, government, and authority of algorithmically established engagement.



In a recent post on Twitter Julian Assange wrote of the process of algorithmically preying on the people’s existing biases to increases engagement.



An algorithm is defined broadly as a step by step procedure or function for solving a problem or accomplishing an some end within a finite number…

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Added by Keith Saylor on 2nd mo. 21, 2018 at 1:21pm — No Comments

Thoughts upon my Return from Africa

I had never danced in church before. I knew, of course, that some Friends dance in worship.  I had participated in worship at the Friends World Committee for Consultation Plenary in Peru in 2016, during which some African Friends danced, but I didn’t feel comfortable joining them. I had arrived in Kigali very early on that Sunday morning and settled into my room at about two a.m. Exhausted from the journey, I had not planned on attending worship that day. However, as the sun rose higher in…

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Added by Anne Marie Hutchinson on 2nd mo. 19, 2018 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

In pursuit of peace through conflict ... there is another way.

A recent post on quakerquaker (http://www.quakerquaker.org/profiles/blogs/sa-ed-atshan-on-the-quaker-practice-of-embracing-conflict?xg_source=activity) shares a summary of an interview published in Friends Journal. In that interview these words are published.



In peace and conflict studies, we teach our students to…

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Added by Keith Saylor on 2nd mo. 12, 2018 at 4:43pm — No Comments

Sa’ed Atshan: On the Quaker practice of embracing conflict

Excerpts from the Friends Journal interview

Republished from the blog of Quaker Universalist Fellowship @…

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Added by Mike Shell on 2nd mo. 11, 2018 at 7:00am — 15 Comments

Peace is the prerogative of Immanent Presence working in the conscience.

Through the inshining witness of immanent Presence (God) upon the conscience it is discovered that the very act of engaging in and identifying with the outward political contrivance of peace, in itself, creates and nurtures the occasion for war. In the Power, peace is an experience that is come and that is coming in the conscience and consciousness. Immanent Presence itself in itself, living in the conscience, and the activity of living in the power in all things and circumstances in daily…

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Added by Keith Saylor on 2nd mo. 7, 2018 at 1:09pm — 5 Comments

A Review of Derek's Guiton's Book: A Man that Looks on Glass: Standing up for God

I have recently posted a review of Derek Guiton's book: "A Man that Looks on Glass: Standing up for God" on the New Foundation Fellowship web site

Derek's book charts the rise of non-theism in Britain Yearly Meeting, and predicts the possible terminal decline of it. His book will probably be the death knoll of British Quakerism.



Please feel free to respond to my review here on Quaker Quaker:…

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Added by Allistair Lomax on 2nd mo. 5, 2018 at 4:00pm — 7 Comments

Page 575 and the Quaker Bible: Reading The New Cambridge History of the Bible

A new post on Quaker Universalist Conversations by Larry D. Spears…


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Added by Mike Shell on 1st mo. 24, 2018 at 9:26pm — No Comments

HHS Announces New Conscience and Religious Freedom Division

Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is pleased to announce the formation of a new Conscience and Religious Freedom Division in the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR). The announcement will take place at an event at HHS headquarters from 10:30 a.m. to noon. It will be livestreamed here. Speakers will include Acting Secretary Eric D. Hargan, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Representative Vicky Hartzler, Senator James Lankford, OCR Director Roger Severino, and…

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Added by Keith Saylor on 1st mo. 19, 2018 at 1:03pm — No Comments

A Post from Madison Monthly Meeting News, with an excerpt from my post regarding FWCC Traveling Ministry Corps

Your Heart Knows What to Do



We have a traveling minister in our midst. Chuck Schobert, a member of the Traveling Ministry

Corps of Friends World Committee for Consultation (FWCC), recently visited West Richmond Monthly Meeting. An article about this visit written by Anne Hutchinson was distributed via the Madison Meeting Listserve. Here are excerpts from Anne’s article.



Chuck's message, entitled "Your Heart Knows What to Do," began with a reference to

Acts…

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Added by Anne Marie Hutchinson on 1st mo. 14, 2018 at 7:13am — No Comments

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

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