Primitive Christianity Revived, Again
Interpreting Our Past – Part 1
I have been reading ‘The Rich Heritage of Quakerism’ by Walter Williams. I find it an enjoyable read. It is a view of Quaker history from the perspective of an evangelical Quaker and since most Quakers are in this stream, the book likely presents a view of Quaker history that is widely held.
Here I would like to make a few comments on Chapter 12, ‘The Age of Quietism’ which begins on page 119. These are impressionistic comments, not a…Continue
Yesterday was Memorial Day. Pacifist religious groups like my own are more inclined to celebrate the acts of those who sought to circumvent war and warlike behavior, instead of their bravery in armed conflict. Ironically enough, I am a…Continue
Added by Kevin Camp on 5th mo. 27, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments
For a Quaker, what’s the right approach to Memorial Day? Is it a day to celebrate? A day to witness against? A day not even to notice? Every Memorial Day, from morning to evening, I wonder about this.
Here in Topsham/Brunswick, Maine we have an iconic Memorial Day celebration. There’s a ceremony in Topsham at the town hall/fire station to mark the occasion, then a very locally-flavored parade that marches down Main Street (Topsham), crosses the Androscoggin River, then continues…Continue
Rust: Like Calvinists of old and the modern rationalist-philosopher Thomas Hobbes, we warn the Court of Quaker Opinion of the inherent selfishness of human nature.
Abrasive: Whether the "amicable collision" of Shaftesbury's England or the pranksters on the American frontier, basic human incivility is a natural abrasive.
Rust: Without a social contract, mayhem rules as anarchy.
Abrasive: Without the usurping power structure, people are forced to get along and encouraged…Continue
Added by Clem Gerdelmann on 5th mo. 26, 2014 at 7:30am — No Comments
This blog post queries the following:
Much of our culture defines people by their gifts and talents – what you’re “good” at. But, what about the things we’re not good at, or the list a list of the things I am not: not gifted in, have no desire to do, or have no interest in whatsoever.
Why are we NOT interested in those…Continue
Added by Jean Yeager on 5th mo. 25, 2014 at 9:20am — No Comments
WHO I AM NOT?
I am who I am not: I am the one who does not speak French, or German or Arabic – or a host of other languages. I am not afraid to try to learn, but I wouldn’t place a large…
Added by Jean Yeager on 5th mo. 25, 2014 at 9:16am — No Comments
"If you wanna know something and he won't tell you, cut off one of [the manager’s] fingers. The little one. Then tell him his thumb's next. After that he'll tell you if he wears ladies' underwear."- Reservoir Dogs
The passage above is from director Quentin Tarantino’s critically acclaimed first film, Reservoir…Continue
Added by Kevin Camp on 5th mo. 22, 2014 at 6:00pm — No Comments
So the jars that Paul and Parker are talking about are different from the jars in your kitchen, that are meant to hold stuff. What is held in our…Continue
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Does nature mirror God or does God mirror nature? Even before the saving cross, there was the killing tree. Even before the muck and mire of human existence, there was the dense forest. Even before the sugar daddy or supermom to exploit, there was the giant sequoia trees.
In order to survive, some plants, as humans, cling to a supporting host. Mere survival soon gives way to the need to flourish. No longer satisfied to be hidden in the shadows of obscurity, these young upstarts climb…Continue
Added by Clem Gerdelmann on 5th mo. 19, 2014 at 6:30am — No Comments
The Calendar of Virtues is a year-round listing of “Virtues in Transformation” which is linked with a calendar of the natural year.
The working hypothesis is that while outer nature is going through its transformations, our inner lives…
Added by Jean Yeager on 5th mo. 16, 2014 at 6:57pm — No Comments
ESR graduate Anna Woofenden offered an inspirational and moving welcome message during the 2014 ESR & Earlham commencement service. If you weren't able to hear it in person or virtually, the following is the text:Continue
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Mat 13:8 But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold.
Our Hydroponic pepper plants here at South Dr. are looking good. No good soil, just monitored water fed just enough nutrients to replace that which the good soil would have provided. Some of the tomato plants in my little grow bags are also doing well so I guess my home made potting soil is good enough…Continue
This is a rather random thing to post, but I'm hoping to bring some Icelandic seekers to quakerquaker.org and I wanted them to be able to find some info in Icelandic. I wrote it on an electronic typewriter then superimposed pretty things onto it in paint.net :-D It was fun!…Continue
Added by Keith Saylor on 5th mo. 12, 2014 at 2:28pm — No Comments
But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.
Without solid facts to support a case, we can only concede that we’ll know it when we see it. Each of us has experienced times where God seems distant. I’ve always been skeptical of believers who claim that…
Added by Kevin Camp on 5th mo. 12, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments
Foundation: Need we point out to the Court of Quaker Opinion the essential foundation of Quakerism?
Skylight: Would that be faith and practice, reason or the Bible?
Foundation: All of the above.
Skylight: Nolo contendere - all known by, and with, the Church's one foundation, who is above your foundation(s).
Foundation: So what's the purpose of the skylight?
Skylight: To allow the Light of immediate revelation for what Oliver Wendell Holmes called the…Continue
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