11th mo. 2009 Blog Posts (19)

Friends That Thirst

Many people of faith speak about dry or dark times. Even Mother Theresa was found to refer to what was called the "dark night of the soul." I often wonder about these times as Friends where there seems no vocal ministry to be found, no leadings and difficulty discerning abounds. They are the times where we find ourselves waiting and hoping to hear any voice from God.

About three years ago or so now, I found myself desperately seeking any potential sparks of light. I’ve come to… Continue

Added by Jan Lyn Lewis on 11th mo. 30, 2009 at 4:44pm — 3 Comments


It's easy to forget to be thankful every day, and having a special day to say thanks - even if it isn't my own country's tradition - seems such a wonderful idea.

This year I am thankful for my faith, which permeates my whole life, even when I am feeling as though I am not being 'Quakerly'.

I am thankful for the new friends I have made, and for the old ones I have kept.

I am thankful, as always, for the roof over my head, the food on my table, the plumbing in my… Continue

Added by Heather Cawte on 11th mo. 30, 2009 at 10:32am — No Comments

Have a Proactive and Enduring Day of Thanksgiving.

To Friends, every day is a day of worship and a day of thanksgiving. Once a year we, Americans, come together as a country and try to see some way to be thankful for our state of life. Not everyone in this country sees this the same way. Some can relate to a universal ultimate, some find their own state of consciousness about as fleetingly ultimate as they can imagine. We all try to express our gratefulness, if not to a spiritual personage, at least to one another. Then there is the rest of the… Continue

Added by C. Morningbear Cullimore Mercer on 11th mo. 26, 2009 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Continuing Revelation - will it ever be perfectly complete? If you would like a free glance into my head, this is what's on MY mind and heart today ...

I just finished reading a post on "Is God a Recovering Practitioner of Violence" (http://zoecarnate.wordpress.com/2009/11/21/is-god-a-recovering-practitioner-of-violence/) and the many passionate responses, some very angry and judgmental.

While I am quite a newcomer to Quakerism, I began pondering this Light Within me, and how my own personal concept of God has grown and continues… Continue

Added by James Coop on 11th mo. 24, 2009 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Simple Living?

This article was brought to my attention a couple of days ago. Journalist Liz Jones, of the UK Daily Mail, attempted a week on unemployment benefits:


I was delighted that she seemed to get so much from the experiment, but astonished by her lifestyle prior to it. I can't imagine having that much debt on top of a mortgage.

If the economic problems help people realise how much they are spending on… Continue

Added by Heather Cawte on 11th mo. 23, 2009 at 9:27am — No Comments


Create a public work of art to highlight the right of women not

to be subject to domestic violence. Like Antony Gormley's work

the 'Angel of the North',which has fostered Northern pride,

this could be a reference point to highlight the plight of

women subject to hidden abuse.

When women come accross the statue or a reference to it they will

be reminded that there is a way out of their situation. Currently the

average woman experiences 35 attacksbefore she… Continue

Added by Rosemary Rimmer-Clay on 11th mo. 22, 2009 at 7:48pm — No Comments

Response to some explanations about Quakers, speaking during worship, and leadership

On another site, a Friend has posted a thoughtful and seemingly thorough response to an inquiry from someone asking about orthodoxy, the Bible, and leadership among Quakers especially as it relates to worship and spoken ministry.

I wanted to gently point out that what has been written applies to a segment of the unprogrammed Quaker world (in which waiting, or silent worship is practiced), but not to all of it.

As it turns out, I was unable to successfully post a comment at… Continue

Added by Raye on 11th mo. 18, 2009 at 10:30pm — 2 Comments

Ready to shout about it?

Recently came across Brian McLaren's three emergencies in a blog post of his.

" 1. The Crisis of the Planet: How can we reorient our economy around sustainability and regeneration rather than consumption and environmental degradation?

2. The Crisis of Poverty: How can we address the growing economic gap between a powerful rich minority and the marginalized poor majority of our world’s…

Added by Alice Yaxley on 11th mo. 16, 2009 at 5:47pm — 4 Comments

on being a fourth plinther...

The Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square,

Was always an iconic Meeting place.

It has now become a famously empty space.

Where once, for one hundred days

2,400 people enacted thousands of one- hour plays.

When merely sitting brooding in a chair,

Revealed an unacknowledged truth about our national mood,

Identified with the lonely figure, set up there,

Staring down into the thronging square.

Some danced in spangles, or made themselves… Continue

Added by Rosemary Rimmer-Clay on 11th mo. 16, 2009 at 12:31pm — No Comments

Explaining God

I re-post this blog on three other websites, and from last week's entry I have had a number of responses, all asking me to clarify what I meant in my description of how I see God. I still don't have the mental energy for replying to each one individually, so I am putting my reply into this blog post, and I hope it will explain what I mean.

Firstly, I have for a long time been a kind of Unitarian. The way I understand the Trinity is that, just as I am simultaneously mother, daughter… Continue

Added by Heather Cawte on 11th mo. 16, 2009 at 8:56am — 2 Comments

still waiting after twenty-one months, for the truth to emerge...

The Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square

Is now, as ever, the centre of somewhere...

But as well as being the iconic meeting place

It has now become a famously empty space.

Where once, for one hundred days

2,400 people enacted thousands of one- hour plays.

When merely sitting brooding in a chair,

Became a kind of truth to share,

With the lonely figure, set up there,

Staring down into the thronging… Continue

Added by Rosemary Rimmer-Clay on 11th mo. 14, 2009 at 8:14am — No Comments


On entering this site I noticed the word 'officially' used about gossip. Who are these 'officials'? Are we all not equals or do some like officialdom to hold sway? All we have are equals who are the servants of Meeting. If they take themselves to be official should they consider themselves not appropriate to that role?

Added by Peter Lawless on 11th mo. 9, 2009 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

Quaker Quest: Quaker Worship

I thought it might be interesting for people to see what I said at Quaker Quest about Quaker Worship.

We three speakers had to speak twice during the evening, once on Faith and once on Practice - broadly, what we believe and what we do.

In the Faith section, I started by saying I love Quaker worship because it is unique. I came to Quakers because of the worship - I used to be an Anglican, and then a Methodist, and in both… Continue

Added by Heather Cawte on 11th mo. 9, 2009 at 10:48am — No Comments

Collective discipleship - challenge for Friends?

Some reflections which have been on my mind following a recent conference I was at. It was very encouraging in some ways - lots of bright enthusiastic folks - but it seemed to me that maybe we need to massively step up our Quaker education processes to get Meetings functioning enough to support their members to answer God's call to act on this and other issues! Lots of people seemed to have a disappointment and a lack of hope and energy for the collective dimension of Quaker life. That concerns… Continue

Added by Alice Yaxley on 11th mo. 4, 2009 at 5:04pm — 1 Comment

To all who love

let them love.
To those who can't fully understand let them wait until the light shines through.
In Life

Added by Peter Lawless on 11th mo. 3, 2009 at 2:32pm — No Comments

Jesus Loves You! Not to be used as a flotation device

In an on-going series of Jesus Loves You Twitter/Facebook status updates, I thought it was time to compile the most recent offerings. I average about five of these per week, and get plenty of suggestions from folks. In this most current batch I drew on hymns and praise songs for some of my inspiration. You will also find me playing with various warnings and disclaimers and hear… Continue

Added by Peterson Toscano on 11th mo. 3, 2009 at 2:03am — 4 Comments

I have voted NO on Maine's Question One

I have voted NO on Maine's Question One. Here's why:

* This question is fundamentally about equality;

* All tax paying, law abiding citizens should have the full, unadulterated benefits of citizenship;

* All citizens should be able to direct and receive inheritance, decide who visits in the hospital, and how their end of life transacts;

* No citizen should be forced to take on considerable financial expense to obtain legal contracts that, essentially, finesse the… Continue

Added by Elizabeth Sprague on 11th mo. 2, 2009 at 6:51pm — No Comments

Practice of Faith

Marcus Borg speaks of faith coming from three attitudes: fear, acceptance and dynamics. From what I understand fear says your faith outlook is rather paranoid that everything is bad until it is magically fixed by God, but you still spend most of your life looking over your shoulder and preparing for the worst. Acceptance is the "Que sera, sera" attitude, "what will be, will be." Like God created the universe and left, for the most part. This idea came out of the Newtonian physics idea of a… Continue

Added by C. Morningbear Cullimore Mercer on 11th mo. 1, 2009 at 8:32pm — No Comments

Get an English historian of the period...

...to look at the opening paragraph of Quakerism 101 and not explode at the poor quality of the understanding shown. By analogy the mid 17th century was nothing like the 60's in America but if that's where you are coming from it's easy to understand where confusion lies.

Added by Peter Lawless on 11th mo. 1, 2009 at 6:00pm — No Comments

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