9th mo. 2009 Blog Posts (18)

Quarterly meeting musings

Just returned from the quarterly meeting for the Pacific NW quarter of North Pacific yearly meeting (there's a mouthful!) At home we just call it Lazy F, because that is the retreat center where it's held.

I felt my daughter's absence quite intensely but I did find spiritual recharge as well. God bless my fellow worshippers. One of them shared a jewel that still glistens (reflecting Light)-- His Four Powers 1) the great mystery 2) the incredible power of connectedness 3) the power of… Continue

Added by Madeleine Cadbury Brown on 9th mo. 28, 2009 at 4:56pm — No Comments

QuakerQuaker This Week, 9/27/09

It's been a busy week: eighteen featured articles from across the web! Where else can you get this quality and diversity of fresh Quaker writing?

Join the "Quaker10 Club": The most helpful donation for QQ's future would be regular (us)$10/month donations from a core group of readers. A predictable income would give us the ability to add new exciting new features that have monthly bills attached to them. As an added… Continue

Added by QuakerQuaker on 9th mo. 27, 2009 at 11:30am — No Comments

Quaker "Fasting": Simplicity in Food

Hello Friends,

I have searched for answers to this question, but have found yet no one really discussing this very much. The topic: Simplicity in Food. I suppose this could be a discussion topic in the Plainness and Simplicity group, but I don't know if it would be welcome there, and so, I hesitate to clutter that page unnecessarily. I will say that I feel a commonality between what seems to be a call to me to eat simply and Quaker Jane's description of why she went… Continue

Added by Michael on 9th mo. 25, 2009 at 7:16pm — 13 Comments

Dipping my toes in the pools of spirituality

I have been looking forward to quarterly meeting with spiritual hunger. Without a meeting community or the gift of regular monthly meetings, the gatherings I attend have great importance to me.

This will be my first quarterly meeting without my daughter. As she has matured she has needed less and less of me. In the last few meetings I had but a few glimpses of her, as we had parallel experiences at the quarterly meeting. This time I won't even have the glimpses. But I will probably… Continue

Added by Madeleine Cadbury Brown on 9th mo. 25, 2009 at 5:34pm — 2 Comments

"Prepare for God's arrival"

We started a Friendly Bible Study at my local Meeting this morning. It’s designed as a series of six sessions but people who want to join in are very welcome. The next one will be 2009-10-04, and there is also a weekday evening group for folks who find that easier to fit in. We started about ten past nine due to an amount of shuffling around as we had too many people to fit into one group and had to decide how to… Continue

Added by Alice Yaxley on 9th mo. 21, 2009 at 12:30am — 1 Comment

What Kind of Revolution?

(Note: I know this is somewhat tangential to Quakerism, but I haven't posted a thing here for several days.)

A local Marxist organization hosted a panel discussion on Marxism vs. Anarchism. As someone with sympathies with both philosophies, I wanted to see if I would learn anything new by listening to what each side had to say. The panelists were all younger folks than myself, so I thought… Continue

Added by Charley Earp on 9th mo. 20, 2009 at 6:35am — No Comments

QuakerQuaker This Week, 9/19/09


Eileen Flanagan: Leadings and confronting our own failings

Recently, however, there has been an uncomfortable sense that God is calling us to make and advocate for changes more difficult and radical than adding solar panels or a green roof.... The willingness to confront both our own failings and the ways of the prevailing culture are among the qualities that have enabled Quakers to influence history… Continue

Added by QuakerQuaker on 9th mo. 19, 2009 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Online learning - two courses in October

What is a nice little Quaker organization like us doing with online learning? Well, someone asked us to start it up. And someone came to us with an idea for a course. And we tried it. And we liked it!

Quaker Studies is a small adult religious education program in the area around Boston Massachusetts. It's a joint effort of Beacon Hill Friends House in Boston and the local quarterly meeting, Salem Quarter. We've been doing local courses and workshops since 1993. Now we're… Continue

Added by Sarah Spencer on 9th mo. 18, 2009 at 12:48pm — No Comments


I want to share my reflections on the comments to my original post on Unity. I think Friend Raye nailed it. The key to Unity with God is Holiness. If we all concentrate on becoming Holy as our Father in Heaven is Holy we will draw closer to Him and each other. We have to resist the strong temptation to get sidetracked by religious beliefs, dogma, theology or whatever you want to call our convictions about God. Our job is to love our neighbor and our God. If I do that and you do that, we will… Continue

Added by James C Schultz on 9th mo. 16, 2009 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

Show us humanity

There have been several programmes on BBC Radio recently about Tennyson, as this year is the 200th anniversary of his birth. In one, a modern soldier read part of 'The Charge of the Light Brigade'. He explained how well Tennyson captured the confusion of battle, and how he emphasised the bravery of the soldiers and the stupidity of the generals. The young man seemed very touched that someone outside the battle had cared enough about the disaster of it to commemorate it in verse. Paradoxically,… Continue

Added by Heather Cawte on 9th mo. 14, 2009 at 9:13am — 1 Comment

The Enormity of Human Suffering, part 1: Starvation

(My intent here is to do a series of blogs on human suffering, each highlighting a specific sort of suffering. This may sound morbid and dreary, but I find that recognizing human suffering forms a core part of my sense of calling in the world.)

Starvation is a terrible way to die. I have been terribly ill, with my stomach in knots, feverish and sweating, dry mouth, and throbbing headache. Starvation is much, much… Continue

Added by Charley Earp on 9th mo. 12, 2009 at 2:36am — No Comments

Transgender on the Radio

About an hour ago I stepped out of the studios of WNPR, the Hartford local public radio stations, where I appeared on the Where We Live program to talk about transgender Bible characters as they appear in my play Transfigurations--Transgressing Gender in the Bible. Also on the show performance artist Scott Turner… Continue

Added by Peterson Toscano on 9th mo. 11, 2009 at 11:26am — No Comments

Suffering, Truth, and Struggle (was The Trouble With Realism)

"Existence is Suffering." Buddha's First Noble Truth

If everything suffers, is all suffering?

No, I find joy in existence as well.

Then, our life is a quest for joy amidst suffering, a struggle against suffering towards joy.

Is suffering private? I see suffering in others, suffering is shared. The struggle against suffering towards joy is also shared.

The starting-point for an ethically engaged search for the truth is to recognize that we… Continue

Added by Charley Earp on 9th mo. 9, 2009 at 11:00pm — No Comments

The Trouble With Realism: Why David Boulton is not Anti-Quaker

This is in response to Simon Heywood's blog on David Boulton's book The Trouble with God posted here.

As a nontheist Quaker, I will begin by saying that while I do not agree with everything that David Boulton writes in TTwG*, I do not consider him anti-Quaker. Far from it, I consider him a respectable Friend with whom I have co-clerked a workshop and more than a few… Continue

Added by Charley Earp on 9th mo. 8, 2009 at 4:00am — 7 Comments

are quakers really interested in silence

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Sunday, September 6, 2009

Are Quakers really interested in silence?

I thought I would go for the shock value here.

This from the newsletter of The School Of the Spirit-I am a graduate of the, On being a spiritual nurturer program-

Over the years the contemplative retreat has tended to incorporate more silence than indicated in the letter which was sent to Friends in advance. This posed a challenge… Continue

Added by Robyn Josephs on 9th mo. 6, 2009 at 5:57pm — 2 Comments

Corporate faith : “... our testimony ... ”

It struck me recently that maybe I’ve been misreading some stuff in Quaker sources where testimony is mentioned. I noticed it when I had a chance to read some of "Fit for freedom, not for friendship", in an extract quoted in that book from a minute made by a group of Friends early in the twentieth century. Perhaps I’m not the only one to have read Quaker stuff for several years without having understood this. Could a… Continue

Added by Alice Yaxley on 9th mo. 5, 2009 at 8:30pm — 7 Comments

New main page

Hey Y'all,

I have been posting twice a month to "The Monday Mike Chronicles" where I often touch on Quakerly concerns. As a result this particualr blog is basically dormant. Scoll down and click on the link below or just Google " Monday Mike Chronicles"

I hope to hear from you.

Peace, Mike

Added by Mike LaBelle on 9th mo. 4, 2009 at 11:36pm — No Comments

Unity is not an option

There are a lot of options in life, Unity joins forgiveness as not being one of them. From the 15th Chapter of the Gospel of John we read in verse 4(b): As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me; and again in verse 5(b):He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. Furthermore, Jesus prays for us, not the Apostles, in John Chapter 17, verses 20 and 21 as follows:… Continue

Added by James C Schultz on 9th mo. 1, 2009 at 3:47pm — 3 Comments

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