12th mo. 2014 Blog Posts (24)

What happened to our "tender spirit"?

As this is my first post on QuakerQuaker, and as it might be relevant to understanding my perspective on this matter, I'll briefly introduce myself.

I'm Frederic Bayer, 19 years of age, a convinced and enthusiastic Friend living in the United Kingdom but born and brought up in Germany. I regard myself as a Christian Quaker. I was a "spiritual but not religious" atheist before I became a Quaker – the Quaker Way "reconciled" me with Christianity.

Within the Liberal Quaker…


Added by Frederic Sebastian Bayer on 12th mo. 30, 2014 at 4:21pm — 18 Comments

Today's Quote: Saint Francis de Sales

[Also published on SimplicityProcess.com http://wp.me/p4NMHw-K]

"Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset."  -- Saint Francis de Sales via …


Added by MaryBeth Smith on 12th mo. 28, 2014 at 9:15pm — No Comments



Darwin's concept of Adaptation was right - unfortunately many of us are adapted to life - we can't imagine existence any other way. We are "slow blind" to our aging and eventual death.  I have two things which I do to work towards changing this.

Added by Jean Yeager on 12th mo. 28, 2014 at 7:46pm — No Comments

The Christmas Elephants (in the room)

New blog post today on simplicityprocess.com

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Added by MaryBeth Smith on 12th mo. 24, 2014 at 11:38am — 15 Comments

The Christmas Elephants (in the room)

New blog post today on simplicityprocess, Inspired by Krista Tippet's new post on the "On Being" website. Lots of resonance here for Quakers.


Added by MaryBeth Smith on 12th mo. 24, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments

Yuletide Greetings

Yuletide Greetings,

Do you have a Christmas tree in your home? If so, then you are celebrating an ancient ritual called Yule or Jul, dating back to prehistoric Germanic and Celtic pagans. You are honoring  the Spirit in the trees. Isn't it fascinating how Christianity absorbs and incorporates…


Added by Roger Vincent Jasaitis on 12th mo. 23, 2014 at 9:11pm — 2 Comments



Told in a crudely-shepherd style the conclusion includes the Shepherds encounter with the Angel, the visit to the Stable, giving gifts, being touched by The Child and wondering what the meaning of all this is. -- Why born in such poor fashion?

Added by Jean Yeager on 12th mo. 21, 2014 at 7:08am — No Comments

When the time called Christmas came


This year, 2014, marks my first “time called Christmas” among the Quakers.

I’m a Baby Quaker, a Proto-Quaker. I first started visiting a Quaker Meeting about nine months ago, so I have been…


Added by MaryBeth Smith on 12th mo. 20, 2014 at 5:16pm — No Comments



PART THREE - A RE-TELLING OF THE OLD, OLD STORY. It is a dark, cold stable into which Mary and Joseph have descended at the moment of the birth of the Light.

Added by Jean Yeager on 12th mo. 20, 2014 at 5:35am — No Comments



The surly, greedy Innkeeper tells his part of the old story told medieval style.

Added by Jean Yeager on 12th mo. 18, 2014 at 6:11am — No Comments

Was World War II a Good War?

One of the difficulties with maintaining a commitment to the Peace Testimony is the elevation of W.W. II to the status of a ‘Good War’.  The idea is that W.W. II is an exception; other wars may be awful, unnecessary, or even evil, but W.W. II is considered to be an example of a necessary and even a virtuous war.  The impact of this view is that the same kind of logic is carried over to contemporary conflicts so that the U.S. attack on Iraq under Bush II was done for righteous and ‘moral’…


Added by Jim Wilson on 12th mo. 17, 2014 at 10:18am — 12 Comments



A shepherdly-crude retelling of the old story by some crude men.  Part 1.

Added by Jean Yeager on 12th mo. 17, 2014 at 5:20am — No Comments

How do you use QuakerQuaker?

Hi Friends

It's that time of the quarter again: QuakerQuaker's Paypal account has run dry and it's time for a special appeal. A couple of internet bills are coming due over the next few weeks and we need a bit of extra help.

Please consider giving what you can as a one-time gift or (if you can) learn how to sign up for monthly…


Added by QuakerQuaker on 12th mo. 16, 2014 at 7:17pm — 7 Comments

Grieving, part 2

The is the second part of a series that was previously published in a local paper. I've lightly edited it for this platform; again, although it reflects my Quaker approach to chaplaincy, this isn't explicitly "Quaker." Any thoughts or feedback would be welcome.

Job was a righteous man who lost almost everything: his children, his flocks, and his health. And he was angry about it. He wasn't angry at any particular person, not the bandits who made off with his flocks, not with his…


Added by Craig Dove on 12th mo. 16, 2014 at 7:00pm — No Comments

A Garden Grows: A timely recovery of essential Quaker history

A Garden Grows: Quakerism in Nazi Germany by Mary Mills, available as an e-book from Amazon or Smashwords through the QUF Bookstore, translates five essays by Hans Albrecht, Clerk of German Yearly Meeting from 1927 to 1947, along with the illustrated album written by children of…

Added by Mike Shell on 12th mo. 15, 2014 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Kevin Camp Suffer Unto Us

But Jesus called them unto him, and said, "Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God."

The majesty and eloquence of the King James Bible does this passage well.…


Added by Kevin Camp on 12th mo. 14, 2014 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Grieving, part 1

The following is something I published in the local paper; as such, it's not explicitly Quaker, but reflects my Quaker perspective. There's more to come, feedback is welcome.  

Everyone experiences loss at some point in their lives. Death is the largest loss: whether facing our own mortality, or dealing with the passing of a loved one, it is a life-altering experience. But we face many kinds of losses in all parts of our lives, such as the loss of a job, or of a relationship.…


Added by Craig Dove on 12th mo. 10, 2014 at 9:58pm — No Comments

Steve Angell answers a Quaker Questionnaire

College student Samantha Siebert reached out to ESR's Leatherock Professor of Quaker Studies Stephen Angell to complete a questionnaire on Quakerism for a project in her religion class. Below are her questions and his responses. Do you think he got all of the answers right?…


Added by Earlham School of Religion on 12th mo. 10, 2014 at 9:46am — 1 Comment

The Work of the Chaplain

The chaplain is not here to tell you that everything will be okay. 

In the long run, maybe. But we get to that "long run" faster when we're willing to be in the moment, even when it's unpleasant. 

I still think the best Biblical advice for helping people cope with loss is found in the book of Job, chapter two, verse thirteen: "They sat with him on the ground for seven days and seven nights, and no one spoke a word to him, for they saw…


Added by Craig Dove on 12th mo. 9, 2014 at 8:49pm — No Comments

A Query from the Diabelli Variations

The Wall Street Journal recently ran a piece by Stuart Isacoff on Beethoven's…


Added by Matt on 12th mo. 8, 2014 at 11:00pm — No Comments

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