6th mo. 2010 Blog Posts (45)

The Written Test

Lydia Caros: The Written Test (Friends Journal): Queries have been used since the time of the early Quakers as a way of keeping track of personal and community progress. The Queries ask us to examine our lives, our spiritual activities, our connections with others in our meetings, and in the rest of our daily lives. Taking a few minutes for introspective responses is a good way to check in on… Continue

Added by QuakerQuaker on 6th mo. 21, 2010 at 11:30am — No Comments

Of What Value is Theology?

Timothy Travis: Of What Value is Theology?: If you share the traditional Quaker experiential knowledge of direct and transforming guidance from Christ/Light/Spirit, what good is theology? (the study of God and God's relation to the world. What is the value of thinking about such things as the nature, character and purposes of God?…


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Added by QuakerQuaker on 6th mo. 20, 2010 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Work and Money

Eileen Flanagan: Work and Money: I have the sense that there is a balanced approach to this that I am still trying to figure out.


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Added by QuakerQuaker on 6th mo. 20, 2010 at 12:00pm — No Comments

My Quaker Meeting and Me

Su Penn: Still Thinking About My Quaker Meeting & Me: I thought that if it was really OK with my meeting to have a pamphlet published that equated "God" and "goodness," then I was definitely in the wrong place. And I also felt that I did not have it in me to be the lone voice of dissent; I really, in that moment, intended to let them go ahead and publish that pamphlet. And then, I thought,… Continue

Added by QuakerQuaker on 6th mo. 20, 2010 at 4:00am — No Comments

Some Questions on Communities & Societies

Linda Wilk with Some Questions on Communities & Societies: Some know that I am doing research on Quakers and community and reading journals of early Friends and the communities they established as they pushed out into the wilderness that was early America... So, keeping that in mind, please consider responding to a few simple queries: What was the… Continue

Added by QuakerQuaker on 6th mo. 19, 2010 at 6:30pm — No Comments

The Testimony on Truthfulness

Wess Daniels: the Testimony on Truthfulness: Irregardless of what we call it, listening to, learning, and living the truth are the central activities to the Quaker tradition of truth. These practices of the truth what we see in God’s own acts: when God speaks, God speaks truth, when God acts (as we see in the life of Jesus),… Continue

Added by QuakerQuaker on 6th mo. 19, 2010 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Walking the line between charity and safety

"James Naylor": Walking the line between charity and safety: So now what do I do if he comes to Meeting? And what do I do if I am in a situation where it is just he and I in Meeting? Do I assume that God has my back? How does one tread that line of Christian love and charity, finding that of God in others, and staying… Continue

Added by QuakerQuaker on 6th mo. 19, 2010 at 6:00pm — No Comments

An Argument for Comprehensive Religious Ed

Joyce Ketterer, in Quaker Theology: When, at age 19, as an already avowed Quaker, I finally learned that much of that information was outright false I felt deeply betrayed... Despite intensive Quaker experience at the monthly and yearly meeting levels as well as through Friends General Conference, I was failed by the Quaker adults in charge of my religious education. The word “failed” here seems… Continue

Added by QuakerQuaker on 6th mo. 19, 2010 at 6:00pm — 6 Comments

Kevin Camp The Liberal Gospel: Social Justice or Inward Purity?





Dear Friends,



Much of what I write is meant to reach as broad an audience as possible, so forgive the redundancies.




Thanks!






Kevin.






________________________



A Quaker minister recently spoke my mind and, as it turned out, the minds of many. The thrust of his message asserted that we who are people of faith (and… Continue

Added by Kevin Camp on 6th mo. 17, 2010 at 8:30am — No Comments

Lady Wisdom as Mid-Wife

Wess Daniels: Lady Wisdom as Mid-Wife: During one of our periods of open worship God reminded me of the role of a mid-wife. We all know what a mid-wife does and that maybe this is the language, and the image, that we in the church need to start considering. Because here we are in the middle of troubling times. I think we have a lot of rubble that is being created all around us, more rubble… Continue

Added by QuakerQuaker on 6th mo. 16, 2010 at 4:00am — No Comments

Communities vs Religious Societies

Martin Kelley - Communities vs Religious Societies: A "religious society" is not just a "community." As a religious society we are called to have a vision that is stronger and bolder than the language or understanding of individual members. We are not a perfect community, but we can be made more perfect if we return to God to the fullness we've been given. That is why we've come together into a… Continue

Added by QuakerQuaker on 6th mo. 15, 2010 at 4:00am — No Comments

Aprons

As part of my process of coming out to the World as plain(er), I use the apron confession to ease my friends into it. "I have an apron" I confess.



That conversation usually goes something like,

"You have an apron?"



"Yup?"



"Why?"



"How many things have you ruined by cooking or cleaning in them?" I ask.



I get a knowing nod.



"What you need," I suggest, "is an apron".



"Oh, I just wear the oldest rattiest clothes I can find to… Continue

Added by Paula Roberts on 6th mo. 14, 2010 at 11:00am — 9 Comments

Vision Statements

Colin Saxton on vision statements: A useful vision statement is sort of like a star to steer by. In the absence of a clearly illuminated path or an easy-to-read road map, a brightly lit star can keep us heading in the right direction. In ministry, when so many options are available to us and so many needs crying for attention, we need some sort of direction to help us stay focused on the work God called us to do.… Continue

Added by QuakerQuaker on 6th mo. 14, 2010 at 4:00am — No Comments

The Infinite Depths of Radical Love

Everyday a new horror arises to haunt one’s soul. Death, suffering, and powerlessness challenge even the strongest hearts. The struggle to hold on to hope, courage, and life itself must be won anew against each shocking sorrow.



It is no wonder that many turn from facing the depths of the abyss. Seeking for some relief from constant sadness, a once-sensitive person retreats into private pleasures. It is so tempting to let the truth drift away over the far-off horizon.



A… Continue

Added by Charley Earp on 6th mo. 12, 2010 at 12:05am — No Comments

Kevin Camp Query to the Faithful





Dear Readers,



This post was originally written for an Ecumenical Audience.



Thanks,



The Author




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Do pardon this brief post. I'd like to return once more to the recent Young Adult Friends gathering I attended in Kansas by sharing a particularly pertinent anecdote. While in a small group one day, a Friend, as was her wont, told a compelling story. I've mentioned… Continue

Added by Kevin Camp on 6th mo. 10, 2010 at 3:42pm — No Comments

Gosh I think I'm a Quitter! Looking for Clearness! Originally Posted 6-7-10

I am an adjunct university instructor for a number of institutions;

Mount St. Mary's University, University of Phoenix online, University

of Phoenix Harrisburg campus, and Frederick Community College. I had

also, some time ago, applied to Kaplan University and have been

accepted there. I am currently going through the training process with

Kaplan. Online schools make faculty undergo rigorous training before

they let you into the classroom (traditional schools kind… Continue

Added by Paula Roberts on 6th mo. 8, 2010 at 3:04pm — No Comments

Is Thee Plain Originally Posted 5-26-2010

Had an interesting thing happen at the park this morning. I take my dog

to the park in Chambersburg and on my way back from the doggy water

fountain I saw a woman and two small children coming my way. She wore a

long denim skirt (ankle), and a simple long-sleeved Henley type shirt.

She also wore a white bun cover. I recognized her right away! I mean, I

didn't know her of course, but you know what I mean.

"Is thee plain?" I asked in my excitement. I hope I wasn't… Continue

Added by Paula Roberts on 6th mo. 8, 2010 at 3:02pm — 9 Comments

Bought a cap and apron... Originally posted 5-24-2010

I went to Katie's Mercantile http://www.katiesmercantile.com/index.html

(thanks, http://quakerjane.com/) looking for a strong apron. Now that I

take the care of my hearth seriously I felt led to dress for it. Like I

said in earlier posts, I wake up, make my bed, wash my face, and dress

for the day from the skin out. Right now house/hearth keeping… Continue

Added by Paula Roberts on 6th mo. 8, 2010 at 3:01pm — No Comments

Slowing down is driving me crazy! But in a good way. (originally posted 5-14-2010)

My house is a mess. I've been a slob for all of my life save these past

few weeks when the mess has been distressing me to no end. Why the

change in perspective? I think it's as I said; as my mind finds order

my spaces must also follow suit. My sister-friend couldn't come today

to help me clean, but conversations with her, and with you all, have

inspired me to industry in a way that I barely recognize.



I've started in the kitchen. How did I live with this all… Continue

Added by Paula Roberts on 6th mo. 8, 2010 at 2:59pm — No Comments

Gosh I think I'm a Quitter! Looking for Clearness!

I am an adjunct university instructor for a number of institutions; Mount St. Mary's University, University of Phoenix online, University of Phoenix Harrisburg campus, and Frederick Community College. I had also, some time ago, applied to Kaplan University and have been accepted there. I am currently going through the training process with Kaplan. Online schools make faculty undergo rigorous training before they let you into the classroom (traditional schools kind of just turn you loose). I say… Continue

Added by Paula Roberts on 6th mo. 7, 2010 at 8:56am — 6 Comments

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