8th mo. 2010 Blog Posts (67)

John Punshon reviews The Naked Anabaptist

John Punshon reviews The Naked Anabaptist. '...There are many contemporary Christians (not about to leave their home churches) who are looking for something different, radical, challenging, and that will provide insights and inspiration. ... Stuart Murray calls such folks neo- and hyphenated- Anabaptists. It struck me that as a Friend, I found no difficulty in slipping into… Continue

Added by QuakerQuaker on 8th mo. 31, 2010 at 2:17pm — No Comments

Will T: The Rest Stop is Over

Will T: The Rest Stop is Over. I have had some false starts where I thought that new life was emerging and I was ready to resume my writing and other forms of ministry. These turned out to be premature. Now it appears that my rest stop is over and that it is time to get back on the bus, resume my writing and to be open to what new opportunities may arise for me.…



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Timothy Travis: Going up the Mountain

Timothy Travis: Going up the Mountain. No one can go up the mountain for me, no one can bring down that lightening in a bottle--safe and smooth, warm and comfortable--that can change me and save me. I have to go up there, myself. I need to feel the shaking, smell the smoke, endure the heat, and get what I need for myself (which is freely given to all who seek it), directly from the Source.… Continue

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David Johns: Seminary education & postmodernity

David Johns: Seminary education & postmodernity. Much of our formation is oriented toward helping keep alive institutions and organizations (movements, denominations, et al.) that have largely run their course. (Some of these, perhaps many, are structured appropriately for the 1940′s or 50′s and are speaking to cultural realities and religious sensibilities of such eras–and if our… Continue

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Song: NEYM Pie, words by Jim Grace

Song: NEYM Pie, words by Jim Grace. A long, long time ago / Friends can still remember how the Spirit came to these here shores. / Young George Fox heard a voice within him, saying there is one to speak to his condition. / And then his heart did leap for joy.



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Added by QuakerQuaker on 8th mo. 25, 2010 at 9:00pm — 1 Comment

Global Peace Day

Dear All,



Greetings. I have known qaukers to be a peace loving and building community. This is why I am inviting anyone interested to share ideas for the international peace day 2010 on 21st September 2010. For details on what we will be doing as Africa Youth Ministries, kindly visit us at:-…

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Added by Albert KUNIHIRA on 8th mo. 25, 2010 at 4:37pm — No Comments

Liz Opp answers why she's a Quaker

Liz Opp answers why she's a Quaker. I am a Quaker because I place myself in Quaker contexts--not exclusively, but primarily: be it with other Quakers for socialization; or reviewing Quaker writings for inspiration and guidance; or engaging in corporate worship, even on a sometimes irregular basis. But as I read over what I've already offered, I find myself returning to this: I am Quaker because… Continue

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Rick Jordan: I’ve never been so quiet, so long, with so many people

Rick Jordan: I’ve never been so quiet, so long, with so many people. It was strange on our first try at this. Most everyone sits with their eyes closed. I did, too. But every once in a while, I’d look around. There is something beautiful in seeing the faces of several dozen praying souls. Sometimes, I’d see someone else looking around, our eyes would connect, then both of us would quickly close… Continue

Added by QuakerQuaker on 8th mo. 25, 2010 at 1:53pm — No Comments

Beginning here

Hello, Friends. This is my first post. I'm not a blogger, not even much of a communicator, so today I'm just trying to say that I'm here and willing to enter into dialog. I'm learning, though not as fast as I'd like to. I have a life-long set of habits of argumentation, which I'm trying to leave behind; they seem too much to fuel ego, the desire to be right, the desire to be righter-than-thou. Now I try to hear what people are saying, not only in their words but in their heart (Chomsky's…

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Tony Lowe: A Year of Peace

Tony Lowe: A Year of Peace. Maybe the time has come for us all to follow the example of convergent Friends and focus on those things around which we can find unity rather than those which divide us. One thing that unites us is that we all still believe there is a great work in the world to be done by Friends. But can we not accomplish more working together than any one group of us can on… Continue

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Tom Smith on the concept of The Light

Tom Smith on the concept of The Light. It is difficult for me to use language other than New Testament and Friends language since this is the language of my father who was my spiritual guide and mentor even though he really never acted or talked in any other way than a father to me. I don’t remember hugs in our family but I do remember smiles and looks that carried a humble… Continue

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The Testing of Abraham: To Follow Where We Are Led, a Bible Post

Imagine this: you and your wife have tried and tried for years to have a baby. After so many failed attempts, you and your wife have finally given up all hope. Your wife no longer has her periods; you both have entered into old age. Then, God comes to you and says:

“I will surely return to you about this time next year, and [your wife] will then have a son.”

Your reaction, of course, is to burst out laughing. And when you tell your wife, she does the…

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Kevin Camp Daughters of Light: A Review





In the spring of this year I met up with several young women who were actively involved in Washington, DC, print media circles. Arriving early for the gathering, as I often do, I took my seat at a table and began to converse with a person sitting next to me. During the course of our talk, I mentioned that I was a Quaker.



Surprised, she exclaimed “I’ve never met a Quaker before!” Overhearing our conversation, a middle-aged…

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Added by Kevin Camp on 8th mo. 23, 2010 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Joanna Hoyt: Gifts and grunt work

Joanna Hoyt: Gifts and grunt work. “We’re here trying to do important spiritual work, and you want to take people’s time and attention to talk about scraping plates?” ... I believe that the real important work, living into the kingdom of God, requires us to pay attention to the messes we make and the people who get stuck cleaning them up.…



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Added by QuakerQuaker on 8th mo. 23, 2010 at 8:30am — No Comments

Tania: The Need for older and younger Friends in meeting

Tania: The Need for older and younger Friends in meeting. It came to my mind that a Meeting functions best when there’s a strong segment of older Friends and a strong segment of younger Friends as well. Meetings are like a body of water: we need the depth of older Friends to keep us grounded in Spirit and the current of younger Friends to prevent stagnancy.…



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Added by QuakerQuaker on 8th mo. 22, 2010 at 10:14am — 1 Comment

Friends Invite Westfield Indiana to Celebrate

Friends Invite Westfield Indiana to Celebrate. 'A 175th-anniversary celebration this weekend brings a greater awareness to the early years of Westfield, a town laid out by Quakers in 1834.



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Added by QuakerQuaker on 8th mo. 22, 2010 at 10:08am — No Comments

Seth Hinshaw - Detraction

Seth Hinshaw - Detraction. Whenever we discuss a person who is not present, we need to be aware of the danger of detraction. As Children of the Light, we should bear in mind that God does not expect us to repeat everything we know. Even when we are sure that what we are saying is true, it may be detraction to say it.



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Added by QuakerQuaker on 8th mo. 22, 2010 at 10:00am — 3 Comments

Jeanne B: A Modern Plea, on Friends Schools

Jeanne B: A Modern Plea, on Friends Schools. In my reflection I thought about the people I got to interview at fifteen schools before I had to stop the research. I found hard-working people with good intentions, people who crave excellence and equality. They reiterated some of what I already understood about Friends education: Quaker college preparatory schools supply a good education to students whose… Continue

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LizOpp: When Meetings become Root Bound

LizOpp: When Meetings become Root Bound. Our meetings can get root bound, can't they? ...Like when we fall into spiritual ruts of faith and practice, never seeking new opportunities to listen for God's call, or letting those new opportunities slide by, or failing to take a stand publicly for an important social-justice issue because it's too much work to organize and step out into public. …



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Added by QuakerQuaker on 8th mo. 19, 2010 at 11:44pm — No Comments

Will T: Wandering in the Wilderness

Will T: Wandering in the Wilderness. In fact, it seems to me that for New England Yearly Meeting, and perhaps unprogrammed Friends in general, wandering in the wilderness falls pretty close to the center of our comfort zone. Actually entering the Promised Land scares the bejeebus out of us.



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Added by QuakerQuaker on 8th mo. 19, 2010 at 11:23pm — 1 Comment

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