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Journaling a Departure

The Religious Society of Friends group on Facebook is very quiet on the subject of impending war with Iran. That's a kind of silence I don't want to be around.  I left the group.  Not enough authentic Quakerism for my taste.

Added by Kirby Urner on 6th mo. 16, 2019 at 6:53am — 4 Comments

Years ago a fire destroyed my collection of books, videos and documents, some rare, and some historical, and all centered on the theme of Intentional Community.  Since then I have been rebuilding tha…

Years ago a fire destroyed my collection of books, videos and documents, some rare, and some historical, and all centered on the theme of Intentional Community.  Since then I have been rebuilding that library and my Religious Society of Friends library.  Of course, many artifacts regarding Intentional Community are safely in the care of The Communal Studies Association and various museums.  And there is no worry about the vast collections of Quaker material,  safely guarded in the libraries…

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Added by Laura Scattergood on 6th mo. 12, 2019 at 10:57am — No Comments

All Shadows, Types, and Figures

Let him to whom an Idol is nothing, to whom all shadows, Types and Figures, are come to an end, let him exercise his freedom; yet with all tender love and forbearance to those that see not the same liberty ...

Robert Rich "Hidden Things Brought to Light"

Added by Keith Saylor on 5th mo. 16, 2019 at 2:30pm — No Comments

On Recording One's Affiliation with Friends

As a clerk of IT (information technology) for our Yearly Meeting, I studied the work of our indigenous members, who were busy building our multi-meeting database. That baton has since been passed, and the work continues.  We haven't outsourced (yet) to a non-Quaker commercial firm.  We use PHP with MySQL.

In my day, we kept track of meeting…

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Added by Kirby Urner on 4th mo. 27, 2019 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

A Campus Curriculum



I'm reaching out to Friends in higher education with my recent Youtubes, which I'm free to distribute outside of Alphabet (Google) just as well.  A lot of my viewers don't ever watch Youtubes.

Scouting developed as a result of some folks wanting to abstract the fun part of military campaigning. Lets not…

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Added by Kirby Urner on 4th mo. 13, 2019 at 8:00pm — 1 Comment

Definitions

Iconography: The process of guiding and informing human relationships and interactions through outward political, religious, and social ideological and pictorial representations or symbolic forms.

Christonomy: Human relationships and interactions guided and informed solely through the direct intuitive experience of immanent or inherent Presence of the spirit of Christ itself in itself ... a coming out of representational forms and into the thing itself which outward forms…

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Added by Keith Saylor on 4th mo. 10, 2019 at 1:33pm — No Comments

New essay at Abiding Quaker: "A Colony of Heaven"

The following excerpt is from a new post titled "A Colony of Heaven" which can be found at…

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Added by Patricia Dallmann on 4th mo. 6, 2019 at 8:16am — No Comments

Virtue out of the Shadows

Research Notes.

I am ever thankful for those early Quakers who, through the inshining Spirit, were come out of the process of idenitification with and participation in outward forms to guide and informs their relationships, laid down their testimonies in writing. For by so doing, they make it possible for those of us today who share the same spiritual experience to expose to our contemporaries that the Spirit was ministering in such a way even from the very beginnings of the…

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Added by Keith Saylor on 3rd mo. 26, 2019 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Hidden Things Revealed

Research Note:

Robert Rich published a pamphlet in 1678 titled Hidden Things brought to Light or the Discord of the Grand Quakers Among Themselves. Discovered: In some Letters, Papers, and Passages written to and from George Fox, James Nayler, and John Perrott; Wherein may be seen the Cause and Ground of their Differences, and falling out: And what manner of Spirit moved and acted Each of Them.

I am currently scribing (as opposed to keyboarding) this…

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Added by Keith Saylor on 3rd mo. 21, 2019 at 4:00pm — No Comments

New Essay at Abiding Quaker: The Best Gift of Life

The following excerpt is from an essay titled "The Best Gift of Life." The full essay can be found at Abiding Quaker.

For more than half a century, clear-sighted Friends have been pointing to signs of spiritual distress in our Society. Many of them have been scholars, who have…

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Added by Patricia Dallmann on 3rd mo. 18, 2019 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

THE EMR Initiative - Bolshevism

Communism is the name of a Party. Socialism is a certain economical policy (which, in its more radical variants, may be naive and preposterous, but not immoral in itself). The real problem we have to speak about is Bolshevism.

Bolshevism – as different from Communism and Socialism - is a political strategy which is grounded in certain assumptions about reality. It is neither restrained to a…

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Added by Rainer Möller on 3rd mo. 17, 2019 at 4:48am — 1 Comment

Video Blogging: Quaker Journaling 3.0

Quaker Journaling 2.0 was ordinary blogging.

Added by Kirby Urner on 3rd mo. 16, 2019 at 5:28pm — No Comments

The E.Merrill Root Initiative

What's this?

A rightwing Quaker is hard to find.

"Conservative" Quaker means normally that you are a traditionalist in all matters of religion and personal conduct, but not politically. To their honor, a lot of Quakers have been "Libertarians" when this kind of political ideology was fashionable, but where have they gone?

So let's speak about the Left and the Right. These are the names of conflict parties, not of general concepts, and conflict parties can change their…

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Added by Rainer Möller on 3rd mo. 16, 2019 at 8:30am — No Comments

Grokking Quakers

[ originally posted on Medium ]

Do you know the etymology of “grok”? To the best of my knowledge, it comes from Stranger in a Strange Land, by Robert Heinlein.

You’d think I’d have talked a lot more about…

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Added by Kirby Urner on 3rd mo. 12, 2019 at 5:35pm — 1 Comment

Global Meeting for Worship – Live online Quaker worship

Please join Quaker Universalist Fellowship

in our new experiment with live online Quaker worship.

Global Meeting for Worship

via Zoom web conferencing

Beginning Wednesday, March 6, 2019

and each Wednesday thereafter.…

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Added by Mike Shell on 2nd mo. 21, 2019 at 11:00am — No Comments

New Essay at Abiding Quaker: Introduction to "The Gospel and Self-Knowledge"

The following paragraph is an excerpt from a new essay of mine at…

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Added by Patricia Dallmann on 2nd mo. 16, 2019 at 2:51pm — No Comments

A walk through time out of Time. Manifesting those Quakers out of all Appearances.

A walk through time out of Time. Manifesting those Quakers out of all Appearances.

Thirty years ago, I had an experience of seeing a different way of being, conscience and consciousness. It was a glimpse of a glimpse that held fast and true in the far periphery of Life; kissing consciousness. In that moment, I became Quaker. However, Quaker of a different sort.

For twenty years I have attended Quaker Assemblies of various sorts. There was a time I almost sought membership in…

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Added by Keith Saylor on 12th mo. 3, 2018 at 8:14pm — 3 Comments

Curing and healing

Originally published on The Empty Path: Nonaligned faith and practice in the present


American culture has been fixated from the start on two principles inherited from the 17th century English society that established the colonies: the mandate to cure physical, social, and moral ills, and the primacy of ownership.

Whether Puritan, Catholic, or…

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Added by Mike Shell on 12th mo. 3, 2018 at 12:30pm — No Comments

New essay at Abiding Quaker: "Opening the Scriptures: Parable of the Wheat and the Tares"

The following paragraph is an excerpt from a new post titled "Opening the…

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Added by Patricia Dallmann on 12th mo. 1, 2018 at 1:10pm — No Comments

We cannot live outside of history," by Mary Klein, editor of Western Friend

Republished on Quaker Universalist Conversations

by permission of Mary Klein, editor of Western Friend…


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Added by Mike Shell on 11th mo. 30, 2018 at 9:41am — No Comments

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