4th mo. 2012 Blog Posts (68)

Kevin Camp Occupy Workshops And My Concerns

Before I write another word, I feel like a disclaimer is in order. I knew many Friends who participated in the Occupy movement, back in its heyday. While I came to eventually lose patience with the movement, even to disagree openly with its stated priorities, I still maintain a respect for those who put their full weight behind the cause. I feel that these heavily committed Friends never left Occupy behind, but that extenuating circumstances beyond anyone's control eventually dissolved the…


Added by Kevin Camp on 4th mo. 4, 2012 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Daily Bible Reading: Baruch 3 and Mark 2

Baruch 3 – “[T]he soul in anguish and the wearied spirit cry out to you” (3:1). “Learn where there is wisdom, where there is strength, where there is understanding, so that you may at the same time discern where there is length of days and life, where there is light for the eyes and peace” (3:14). This begins to sound a lot like the wisdom literature. There is even a touch of environmentalism here as in the following:


Where are…


Added by Irene Lape on 4th mo. 4, 2012 at 7:48am — 3 Comments

God, food and me - my journey with communion

I am convinced that at the heart of a community is a shared meal. When I consider my local Quaker Meeting, we eat together only once a month, and it is always precursor to something else, never existing for its own sake. More and more I am convinced that a stranger who attends meeting for worship and leaves after tea and a biscuit has witnessed only half of the Quaker experience. Meeting for worship is not complete until the community has broken bread together, and by that I mean shared a…


Added by Mark Russ on 4th mo. 3, 2012 at 3:21pm — 3 Comments

Daily Bible Reading: Baruch 2 and Mark 1:29-45

Baruch 2 – The Lord is true to his threats as he is to his promises—both of which are the legacy of Moses to his people (the blessings and the curses). An interesting passage seems to ask the Lord to save his people because only the living can offer God the glory and praise appropriate to God. “Incline your ear, O Lord, and hear; open your eyes, O Lord, and see, for the dead who are in Hades, whose spirit has been taken from their bodies, will not ascribe glory or justice to…


Added by Irene Lape on 4th mo. 3, 2012 at 8:32am — No Comments

Daily Bible Reading: Baruch 1 and Mark 1:1-28

Baruch Background: This deutero-canonical book that comes Lamentation and Ezekiel is not in the Hebrew Bible.  In the Greek Bible, it appears between Jeremiah and Lamentations; in the Vulgate it comes after Lamentations.  It says it was written in Babylon by Baruch, Jeremiah’s scribe, and sent to Jerusalem to be read at liturgical gatherings.  It gives us valuable information on how the religious life of those in exile was maintained. Lawrence Boadt, author of Reading the Old…


Added by Irene Lape on 4th mo. 2, 2012 at 7:53am — 1 Comment

What does the gospel look like?

I started writing this as a comment on Micah Bales’ blog post about Occupy & Quakers, and it grew until it needs its own post. I have a vision of what living the gospel looks like in this age, which I am working towards the best I can, but I don't know if others will see it the same way. Maybe it's too obvious, or too crazy, but I have to try to write what I can…


Added by Alice Yaxley on 4th mo. 1, 2012 at 12:30pm — 12 Comments

The Kingdom Begins Within: Reflections with Rufus M. Jones

This is re-posted on QuakerQuaker from my blog The Liberal Quaker.

I have a tendency to make friends with underdogs and critics—those who for one reason or another put themselves (or who are put) in opposition to a greater community.  When I lived at Pendle Hill, I worked in the community garden.  The young woman in charge, when considering the possible death of a plant, would often say, “Well,…


Added by Zachary Dutton on 4th mo. 1, 2012 at 11:00am — 3 Comments

Wrongness, Toleration and Community

QuakerQuaker This Week, 4/1/2012

On the Quaker blogs this week, there's a must-read post from Johan Maurer on the dangers of religious zealotry in the political realm, Being Wrong is Not the Same as Being Evil. For meetings trying to navigate the balance between group identity Stephen Davison has useful reflections in …


Added by QuakerQuaker on 4th mo. 1, 2012 at 9:00am — No Comments

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