8th mo. 2010 Blog Posts (67)

Kevin C didn't have a good time at yearly meeting

Kevin C didn't have a good time at yearly meeting. I saw this at Yearly Meeting and my impressions were confirmed by other Friends I spoke with privately. Several threw their hands up in the air, stating that this had been the way things always had been ever since they'd been attending. It is from these conversations that I understood the dysfunction was systemic and totally… Continue

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Ashley W on a summer spent released for ministry

Ashley W on a summer spent released for ministry. I had to figure out what a life of ministry looked like on a day-to-day basis. Frequently, it involved waking up, going for a run, having breakfast, spending time in prayer, and catching up on emails and phone calls. I planned events and workshops, spent time reading and writing (though not as much as I expected!), and took a lot of naps. Some days my life… Continue

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Political Minds with Religious Implications

The first time I heard of George Lakoff's work, I didn't like it. From that second-hand account, I thought he was saying we shouldn't try reasoning with people about politics... which I've always considered a duty, so far as possible, since the alternatives seem to come down to: force, fear, or manipulation.



Lakoff is much more complex than that. First off, he's working from a well-established principle: that human thinking, about anything more complicated than primary concrete… Continue

Added by Forrest Curo on 8th mo. 10, 2010 at 5:47pm — 6 Comments

Kevin Camp Truth in Short Supply: Baltimore Yearly Meeting





My contribution to the Spirit Rising: Young Quaker Voices anthology was entitled, "Reviving the Slumbering Light". I was responding to a particularly unfortunate experience I experienced a couple years ago at a monthly meeting. The title could also easily apply to Baltimore Yearly Meeting's annual gathering. What I mean by this will soon be as clear as I can manage.



Before I begin, I want… Continue

Added by Kevin Camp on 8th mo. 10, 2010 at 11:00am — No Comments

Plainness is catching!

I noticed this when I first started reading about plainness and simplicity. It is by no means a solely Quaker phenomenon. I have encountered Plain Catholics, Pagans, Anglicans, and Unaffiliated Christians. I felt that perhaps this might be one benefit of our current recession - it has reminded many of us of what is important and what is not, what must be maintained and what must be cut away. There was a great article in the New York Times to that end today. "But Will It Make You Happy?"… Continue

Added by Paula Roberts on 8th mo. 9, 2010 at 4:40pm — No Comments

Kevin Camp Spreading the Lessons Learned inside the Liberal Buble





Earlier this past week while at Yearly Meeting, I had the opportunity to speak informally at length with several college-aged Young Adult Friends. Most were at least a decade or

so younger than me, and it was interesting to compare how a younger

generation's perspective was both different and similar to that of my

own. We covered a wide variety of subjects in a relatively short period

of…
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Added by Kevin Camp on 8th mo. 8, 2010 at 1:55pm — No Comments

David Carl: Imagined Christ, Real Christ (Extended Worship at FGC)

David Carl: Imagined Christ, Real Christ (Extended Worship at FGC). We worshipped in stillness for two hours daily, and then opened for discussion for an hour. I was astounded to learn that the second hour of worship was not merely a continuation of the first. It was qualitatively different, as if God were saying, "oh, so you've decided to stick around? Now I'll show you something!"… Continue

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Imagined Christ, Real Christ (a report on extended worship at Gathering)

A long standing article of faith for me is that God cannot be captured by my imagination. The times when I have felt most uncertain about my faith in God were those times when I found myself imagining a God who seemed improbable, or who didn't act in the ways I thought God should. Or when I thought God's existence should be something readily demonstrable to everyone's satisfaction (particularly mine) and that simply did not seem to be the case.



But God does not need to meet any of the… Continue

Added by David Carl on 8th mo. 7, 2010 at 6:38pm — 4 Comments

How do Friends Know What They Know?

Charles E. Jackson: How do Friends Know What They Know?. The supremacy of experience is at the very core of what it means to be a Quaker. A Quaker does not reject authority, but all authority-based belief, whether it is gleaned from a book or from the pronouncements of a human being granted authority, cannot equal the validity of belief that arises from our direct, personal experience. This is the seminal message of… Continue

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Suzanne's Musings described a "sabbatical" from worship

Suzanne's Musings described a "sabbatical" from worship. I’m back, and not because anything dramatic happened within me or my Meeting. And I must confess that I am still strongly skeptical of the notion of being released from communal worship. However, I can see that my time away had the effect of giving me the chance to choose Quakerism again. It feels a bit like a “renewal of vows” and commitment to… Continue

Added by QuakerQuaker on 8th mo. 7, 2010 at 2:00pm — No Comments

You Say You Want a Revolution?

When I was young, even when I was older, I yearned to know how God was to use me to help save the world. COuld I work for Amnesty International? COuld I work for Oxfam, or some fair trade organization? What about Greenpeace.



Then I became a foster parent. Not too much different from any other parent except you have to fight for economic justice as hard as any NGO in existence.



You have to consistently convince governments that children's rights include gender equality, a… Continue

Added by Javaughn Fernanders on 8th mo. 6, 2010 at 8:16am — No Comments

George Fox's Message Via His Scripture Quotations

George Fox's Message Via His Scripture Quotations. I compiled a list using only those verses appearing in Fox’s epistles, reasoning that the epistles were more pastoral in nature and I wanted the verses that Fox would quote when writing to other Friends. From this set of verses, and looking at the way Fox used them, I pieced together a description of Fox’s message that, while… Continue

Added by QuakerQuaker on 8th mo. 5, 2010 at 10:38pm — No Comments

Brent Bill's Indiana cult (aka the worship group at his farm)

Brent Bill's Indiana cult (aka the worship group at his farm). The group has been meeting for a few years now. It started (and continues to be) based on Spirit-led Quaker worship. No agenda except that which arises from God's moving within those who gather. We have agreed on a principle of theological hospitality, too -- which means that all are welcome regardless of their theological… Continue

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Kevin Camp: Marginalizing Ourselves While Trying To Not Marginalize Others

Marginalizing Ourselves While Trying To Not Marginalize Others. As a Quaker, I am called to seek the Divine within every person, and no distinction ought to be drawn between any person for any reason. This is often referred to as a spiritual discipline for a reason. Discipline implies continual exertion and constant effort. Much like with any other difficult endeavor, some have worked longer… Continue

Added by QuakerQuaker on 8th mo. 5, 2010 at 7:39pm — No Comments

Sheffield's Laura Kerr: Water-Based Metaphors for Quaker Meeting

Sheffield's Laura Kerr: Water-Based Metaphors for Quaker Meeting. At our last Sunday meeting for worship we heard ministry from a Friend who had been on a sailing trip, and recently returned. For her, still feeling the motion of the waves, and the unsteadiness of the room (rocking up and down!) set off thoughts of how we each sit there, bringing our own peculiar and immediate… Continue

Added by QuakerQuaker on 8th mo. 5, 2010 at 7:30pm — 1 Comment

Kevin Camp Marginalizing Ourselves While Trying to Not Marginalize Others

Equality does not imply a society without diversity. But to accept the

world as inherently unequal to any degree, and one which will never

change---this perpetuates the same problems. It is easy to make

assumptions based on privilege, but I understand enough with listening

and self-reflection to know that I do not understand those different

from me in totality. I never will. Still, points of commonality

between us do exist.



As a Quaker, I am called to… Continue

Added by Kevin Camp on 8th mo. 5, 2010 at 10:30am — No Comments

Danny Coleman: Leonard Ravenhill on George Fox

Danny Coleman: Leonard Ravenhill on George Fox. "George Fox alone has, without human learning, done more than any other reformer in Protestant Christendom towards the restoration of real, primitive, unadulterated Christianity..." Posted by Alice M Yaxley



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Added by QuakerQuaker on 8th mo. 4, 2010 at 10:31am — No Comments

Kevin Camp The Woman with the Water Jug





Today in Bible study I encountered a particular passage. Sometimes one receives precisely the message one needs at the time. The topic centered around the idea of salvation, in all its many incarnations. I have recently become frustrated with people who believe that any movement, system of belief, or gathering is only for them when it benefits them personally. In all of the things I do, I have experienced periods of emotional, intellectual,… Continue

Added by Kevin Camp on 8th mo. 4, 2010 at 10:30am — No Comments

Max Carter: "Christianity" not necessary when you have Christ

Max Carter: "Christianity" not necessary when you have Christ. If this Real Presence is, indeed, available here and now... then no further "notions" are necessary; the very author of the script of what it means to be a faithful follower is on the stage! In that sense, then, "Christianity" is not necessary - we have Christ. "Religion" is not necessary, we have… Continue

Added by QuakerQuaker on 8th mo. 4, 2010 at 12:00am — No Comments

Liz Opp is back from 2010 Iowa YM Conservative

Liz Opp is back from 2010 Iowa YM Conservative. He spoke to us of how astonished they were by the possibility that worship doesn't have to be a "performance" packaged in liturgy, hymn singing, and preaching, but that rather that worship "can come out of nothing and out of Presence." Ken joked about how eager these colleagues were to learn about the Quaker way of waiting worship: "Can… Continue

Added by QuakerQuaker on 8th mo. 2, 2010 at 2:26pm — No Comments

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