Kevin Camp: Organized Religion is not a Social Club
. It seems to me that the moment the focus ceases to be on growing the faith and welcoming newcomers, then petty factionalism, rivalry, and cliques enter. What is so distasteful about staying relevant and spreading our message through the world? How did we get here, after all? I find much comfort in the stories of Friends from the 18th Century… Continue
Added by QuakerQuaker on 8th mo. 19, 2010 at 7:06pm —
Max Carter: No better place for mosque than near Ground Zero
. What better place for a mosque than near a place where some misguided followers of the faith corrupted its teachings and committed unspeakable acts? It can be a place where the true principles of the faith can be taught - with a powerful object lesson a short distance away of what may happen when the… Continue
Added by QuakerQuaker on 8th mo. 19, 2010 at 4:22pm —
Wess Daniels: A New Framework for Evangelism and Mission
. Because of our theology and practice the Quaker perspective on mission has always been an alternative response to the more general “winning souls mentality” it is far more holistic and operates out of a conviction that God is already at work in our world, it is our job as the church not to bring God to the… Continue
Added by QuakerQuaker on 8th mo. 19, 2010 at 1:00pm —
Elijah went before the people and said, "How long will you waver between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow him; but if Baal is God, follow him." But the people said nothing.
Friends say that they find hierarchy abhorrent, and yet they build it within themselves. We say that are against ritual, and yet we build unconventional ritual. For once and for all, we must decide where our allegiance lies. Are… Continue
Added by Kevin Camp on 8th mo. 19, 2010 at 11:00am —
Those currently in opposition to the construction of a mosque near Ground Zero don't seem to want to understand the whole picture. They will not even entertain anything other than views stepped in prejudice and fear, seeing an enemy in the face of every person of Middle Eastern descent. While in stuck in this merry-go-round that passes for substantive discourse, they are trusted supporters of a system that sees the sum of its parts as more… Continue
Added by Kevin Camp on 8th mo. 18, 2010 at 9:00am —
In loving memory of the… Continue
Added by Juan on 8th mo. 18, 2010 at 12:45am —
New England YM: Minute of Sending Forth/Commission
. We refute the lies of the present situation: the lie that causes movements for transformation to see each other as competitors; the lie that says that social action is spiritually shallow and spirituality is socially passive; the lie that says that war and destruction are inevitable and efforts for change are hopeless; the lie that says we can’t change the world until… Continue
Added by QuakerQuaker on 8th mo. 17, 2010 at 12:59pm —
John Edminster: The basic gospel message is love
. But love is not primarily a feeling, but a decision of the will: I will not hurt you back if you hurt me. I will not cheat you, tell you lies, or manipulate you for my own advantage. I will lay down my life for you if that will save yours. That’s what the Gospel asks me to do, and I will do it, and I pray that God will give me the strength to… Continue
Added by QuakerQuaker on 8th mo. 16, 2010 at 7:30pm —
Jessica Belt: Waiting for God in Silence (at New England YM)
. Some Quakers would say it’s not possible to explain what happens in the silent worship we share. Often, silence was interrupted by sounds of fidgeting and shifting, but every so often, this white noise would cease as the silence grew palpably thick. …
Added by QuakerQuaker on 8th mo. 16, 2010 at 2:30pm —
Mark W: relying on the word "Quaker"
. What if you were no longer allowed to call yourself Quaker, while still maintaining the same level of membership in your faith community? What would you feel you had lost?
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Added by QuakerQuaker on 8th mo. 16, 2010 at 9:29am —
Judy Goldberger: On Sacred Ground
. 'As the mother tenderly helped her daughter out of the stroller, my eye fell for the first time on the handwritten cardboard sign that the girl had been carrying. “I miss my dad,” it read. “He was deported.”'
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Added by QuakerQuaker on 8th mo. 16, 2010 at 9:24am —
I was having a conversation with an old friend the other day about organized religion when an analogy popped into my mind. It was this. Life is like jumping out of an airplane while it is cruising along above the earth. Everyone of us has a parachute on. Some of us know we have a parachute on and some of us don't, but everyone has one. Naturally those who don't know they have a parachute on are much more stressed out as they come closer and closer to the earth than those who know they have a… Continue
Added by James C Schultz on 8th mo. 15, 2010 at 7:14pm —
To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everybody else, Jesus told this parable: "Two men went to the Temple to pray. One was a Pharisee, and the other was a despised tax collector. The Pharisee stood up and prayed about himself: 'God, I thank you that I am not like other men--robbers, evildoers, adulterers--or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week, and I give a tenth of my entire… Continue
Added by Kevin Camp on 8th mo. 14, 2010 at 1:30pm —
Gem: towards financial equality amongst Friends?
As we begin to talk about fiscal equality and the sharing of resources we need to learn to be open with one another about what our fiscal resources are and where the need lies.
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Added by QuakerQuaker on 8th mo. 14, 2010 at 3:07am —
Quaker Youth Pilgrimage 2010 Epistle
. Perhaps the most significant factor to set QYP apart from any other experience, Quaker or otherwise, is the sense of immersion which comes from living in a close-knit and, in many respects, isolated community for as long as we have. Our use of music as well as our introduction to compassionate listening added strength to the foundation of… Continue
Added by QuakerQuaker on 8th mo. 13, 2010 at 6:00pm —
Liz Opp: Qualities of a Quaker worship community
... when a Friend is in crisis, our meetings rally around the person to help her or him over the hump, providing careful listening and regular support--be it financial, medical, familial, vocational. On the other hand, how regularly do we ask questions of one another about God or the Loving Principle in our lives, or how… Continue
Added by QuakerQuaker on 8th mo. 13, 2010 at 4:22pm —
Over at The Good Raised Up, Liz Opp wrote about her yearly meeting and noted this:
"One Friend commented with some disgust that he had once seen a sign at a Liberal Friends' event saying, "You can believe whatever you want." The Friend went on to testify that being a Quaker isn't about believing what you want. It's about living your life by following the leadings of the Spirit. "
As a seeker this interests me for a couple of reasons.
One reason is that I'm trying to… Continue
Added by Leslie Rodgers on 8th mo. 11, 2010 at 12:28pm —
Wess Daniels: The Quaker Youth Pilgrimage visits Camas Friends Church
. I am really proud of our meeting because it is open to doing “convergent” activities like this even though it may stretch us at times (or maybe because of it). And quite frankly, this was just a lot of fun. I don’t know a lot of programmed meetings who are willing to open their doors like this and so I feel really… Continue
Added by QuakerQuaker on 8th mo. 11, 2010 at 10:00am —
Tony Lowe: Taking up residency where God's love flows freely
. It’s not an easy place to be. People on both sides are often disappointed or angry or no longer even consider you a friend because they perceive you are not in total agreement with them, or don’t understand why you have to look at issues from more than one side. It’s not an easy place to be because it demands that you act and… Continue
Added by QuakerQuaker on 8th mo. 11, 2010 at 9:28am —
QuakerDave on Anne Rice's quitting Christianity
. I honestly don’t understand how someone 'quits' being a Christian and still claims having a commitment to Christ. I’m always sad when I hear that someone feels compelled to leave her/his faith community. It tells me that that person’s spiritual needs are not being met there, that that community has probably failed that person. That’s… Continue
Added by QuakerQuaker on 8th mo. 10, 2010 at 6:30pm —