12th mo. 2009 Blog Posts (13)

The waiting is over, now what?

It was May when I last posted, "what to do while waiting." Well the waiting is over. We finally sold our home and moved to Oregon and our new life-episode has begun. So what else did I do while waiting? Not much. I went to work, got through all the moving activities, processed my goodbyes and grief, agonized over the changes and newness. Sometimes, "remaining" in God is enough workby itself along with the rest of what life is handing you.

I am not sorry to see 2009 fade into… Continue

Added by Deb Buerkle on 12th mo. 31, 2009 at 4:18pm — No Comments

I love new year's resolutions

Yeah, yeah, some folks love 'em, some folks hate 'em. I am in the first group. I feel the societal pressures, and we are now in the post-climax time, the interregnum between the huge hype of Christmas and the quiet resumption of day-to-day living, with new calendars, in the short dark days of January.



New calendars - literally, turning over a new leaf. So it resonates for me quite wonderfully to think about new goals and old, unfulfilled ones. I will rededicate myself to the old ones… Continue

Added by Madeleine Cadbury Brown on 12th mo. 29, 2009 at 6:26pm — No Comments

another new Quaker blog

After enjoying other Friends' blogs for a few years I decided to start one of my own at www.livingasifthetruthwastrue.blogspot.com

I'm working on what the blog title suggests, actually getting my life aligned with my convictions instead of just talking about them. (I find talking much easier.) I've been helped in this process by Friends and friends who had rather different convictions but shared the struggle for faithfulness.… Continue

Added by Joanna Hoyt on 12th mo. 27, 2009 at 2:27pm — No Comments

Christmas Morning Mass

Dazzled by gold ornaments

by trees swathed in white lights

and the winter sun piercing

stained glass

with its ice-pure rays



Body and soul vibrating

to the organ’s swell

I sang with the choir and congregation



Superlatives and absolutes

flowed from the liturgy

like wine

from a celestial cask



Gloria to God in the highest



Deum de Deo

Lumen de lumine

Deum verum de Deo vero



Wonderful… Continue

Added by Barbara Quintiliano on 12th mo. 25, 2009 at 3:00pm — No Comments

End of year thoughts...

Thank you for being around this year, which has been one of those ‘annus horribilis’, beginning with the death of Lilian, a much loved and eccentric mother. As the year has gone on I have been struggling with the guilt and sadness involved in her loss, the way she was deprived of care from a hospice, and the way the family did and didn’t cope with her death. We were all trying to cope with one of the the most difficult circumstance anyone ever has to face.



The highs of the year have… Continue

Added by Rosemary Rimmer-Clay on 12th mo. 21, 2009 at 1:49pm — No Comments

Going Crazy for the Baby Jesus

Marvin Bloom, regularly contributes on Trans-Ponder Podcast with his Moments with Marvin segments and also appears in my play Doin' Time the Homo No Mo Halfway House. Raised Jewish in Long Island, NY, Marvin is now a born-again Christian--A Jew for Jesus. In this video freaks out about Christmas and more importantly Christians Gone Wild at… Continue

Added by Peterson Toscano on 12th mo. 19, 2009 at 4:09pm — No Comments

"The Courageous Mr. Penn"

Now playing in the WBFF YouTube channel's Movie House Theater...

"The Courageous Mr. Penn"



1942 film in 8 parts

Starring Cliff Evans and Deborah Kerr



WBFF's Movie House Theater



"Penn of Pennsylvania" was the original British title of the economical biopic "The Courageous Mr. Penn". Clifford Evans… Continue

Added by Andrew Swartley Cohen on 12th mo. 19, 2009 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Notes on Religious Socialism - 01

My socialism arose originally from two biblical texts:



First: Matthew 25:31ff: "When the son of man starts his revolution with all his band around him, then he will assume authority. And all the nations will be assembled before him, and he will sort them out, like a farmer separating his cows from his hogs, penning the cows on the right and the hogs on the left. Then the Leader of the Movement will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you pride of my Father, share in the Movement that… Continue

Added by Charley Earp on 12th mo. 19, 2009 at 2:06am — No Comments

Twelve Days Left Till Christmas

So one more enemy leader is dead

killed by a drone

Rejoice! they said



Cacophonous carols assail the ear

and mountains of merchandise

stifle our fear



Isaiah wanders the glitzy streets

searching for signs

of the Prince of Peace



Wearied by Macy’s wonderland

he lies down with plush Leo

and soft Gucci lamb



And Mary, her soul extolling the Lord

looks for fulfillment

of his gracious word



Of haughty… Continue

Added by Barbara Quintiliano on 12th mo. 14, 2009 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Gay Bashed in Hartford--A Quaker Message

Today during worship at Hartford Friends Meeting, the story of the Good Samaritan came up and reverberated in subsequent messages. (At Quaker meetings anyone can share a message. We don't have a sermon or a pastor like they do in churches. Most messages are under five minutes) One of the key messages to emerge today was that in order to be a Good Samaritan, one often needs to see the humanity in people or as we say in Quaker circles "that of God… Continue

Added by Peterson Toscano on 12th mo. 13, 2009 at 10:03pm — 1 Comment

Primitive Christianity?

Primitive Christianity Revived Again with the use of ultramodern means of communication :-)

Added by Barbara Quintiliano on 12th mo. 12, 2009 at 8:24am — No Comments

Quaker Queries about Transgender Inclusion in GLb(t) Orgs

One of t the things I like about moving with the Quakers is the quality of questions we ask each other. We have a long history of asking questions that cause of to reflect inwardly and outwardly.



For three decades (more?) queer Quakers have been meeting in North America under a variety of names that have changed as the group has changed and grown. Currently the Friends for Lesbian, Gay,… Continue

Added by Peterson Toscano on 12th mo. 9, 2009 at 1:36pm — No Comments

Christmas Eternal

My heart is sick of being right.

Liars, fellow-cowards, fools caught

between God and Satan, listen!

Isn't it time for

honest yearning?

Haven't we had enough

of being too wise to trust?



I can take disappointment; I cannot

endure another year's prudence.

Roll back the sky, shatter

my face with a terror of angels

but make me yours, God!



Another stillborn Christmas

and another, and another?

Wake us! I've seen… Continue

Added by Forrest Curo on 12th mo. 5, 2009 at 5:54am — 1 Comment

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