10th mo. 2016 Blog Posts (11)

Radical Relationship and Revelation

The following is an adaptation of a message delivered during worship at Richmond First Friends on October 23, 2016.





John 15: 9-17



As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have…

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Added by Matt on 10th mo. 30, 2016 at 1:00pm — No Comments

MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE

I am sending this digital "message in a bottle" post to all of us who feel we are castaways adrift on this digital ocean as a reminder. Join with me and connect with those around you who help you reconnect with an authentic life - as above, so below.

It is your community which is far stronger than the forces arrayed against us. Farmers, gardeners, babysitters, barbers, crafts people of all sorts, mechanics, cafes, even the homeless - they are a parallel polis in which you…

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Added by Jean Yeager on 10th mo. 28, 2016 at 5:14am — 10 Comments

Mystics



I've been revisiting the literature assembled in the wake of Russian mystics Gurdjieff and Ouspensky, having purchased in soft cover four of the published six volumes by Maurice Nicoll, which are psychological commentaries on the thinking thereof.  A book sale at the meetinghouse.



Some may dispute this label "mystics" correctly applies, as if to them,…
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Added by Kirby Urner on 10th mo. 23, 2016 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Kevin Camp Grief Counseling for In-Laws

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.-Isaiah 41:10

The above verse is enclosed more for my partner and her family than myself. My regular readers have recognized I've taken an extended break from writing. This is due to a death in…

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Added by Kevin Camp on 10th mo. 17, 2016 at 12:11pm — No Comments

Radical Spirituality - the early history of the Quakers

Are there any here who are participating in this online course moderated by Ben Pink Dandelion? We are moving into the third week but anyone can join. It is worth the time and effort.

Link to info:

https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/quakers

Added by Keith Saylor on 10th mo. 15, 2016 at 5:58pm — 1 Comment

Rediscovering the Teaching of George Fox: The Place of George Fox in Christian History

 Lewis Benson began his lecture series Rediscovering the Teaching of George Fox at Moorestown Meeting in New Jersey in the fall of 1982. The first lecture in this series is titled "The Place of George Fox in Christian History." It is now available for reading on the New Foundation Fellowship website, and can be accessed through Ellis Hein's introduction: …

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Added by Patricia Dallmann on 10th mo. 15, 2016 at 11:08am — 5 Comments

On Being a Muslim Quaker

As an Ancient Briton with a deep interest in spirituality, sometime in the late 1980s I wrote an article for the little Quaker Universalist journal on why, as  Muslim, I became a Quaker.  

Since then I have grown even more ancient, and write little  - and due to a year in which I've already had three major surgical operations I am still in recovery mode.  And, unable now to drive, I cannot get to my local Quaker Meeting in Fremantle, Western Australia. But I still feel part of it, and…

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Added by Salamah Siti Pope on 10th mo. 15, 2016 at 12:18am — 2 Comments

"The Universal Mechanism for Ministry to Seniors," by Larry Spears

Originally published on Quaker Universalist Conversations

The Description, Checklist and Comments portions of this blog post are all available as a downloadable PDF file:…

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Added by Mike Shell on 10th mo. 10, 2016 at 5:00pm — 5 Comments

Reflections on Worship

Carol, my mom, shared one of two spoken ministries in Meeting for Worship last First Day. 

I found out about it second hand, as my job, as her chauffeur, was to obtain new triple-A batteries for her hearing device (she's 87) and pack her lunch, so she could eat a bit during Peace & Social Concerns, leaving early to make a concert downtown. I did this during worship.

Anyway, I gather she shared about the threat of WW3 breaking out, which you'll see all over Youtube as a hot,…

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Added by Kirby Urner on 10th mo. 10, 2016 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments

Third Haven Friends ... Easton, Maryland

I attended Third Haven Friends Meeting in Easton, Maryland yesterday. One hour of silent meeting goes by too quickly. The sense of history anchors the experience of place.

Added by Keith Saylor on 10th mo. 3, 2016 at 5:28am — 1 Comment

Doing Our Part

A year and a half ago I wrote an essay titled “The Only Antidote,” in which I argued for the need to think critically: to use natural powers of reason and conscience to honor, discern, and communicate the truth. Referring to Hannah Arendt’s understanding of the cause behind the rise of Fascism and also referring to a Bible story of John the Baptist’s execution by Herod, I pointed to the crucial and perennial role of critical thought in containing the spread of evil.

Although critical…

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Added by Patricia Dallmann on 10th mo. 2, 2016 at 8:50am — 5 Comments

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