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The Christian Thing, Part Deux

I want to provide some context that may shed light on what I intended to say, but apparently failed to communicate to some.



In 2007, I became involved with the Christian and Interfaith Relations Committee of FGC. We are the caretakers of FGC's relationships to other religious bodies. One of the key relationships we have is with the World Council of Churches, an association of many of the largest Protestant and Orthodox Christian denominations. During a work meeting on an ecumenical… Continue

Added by Charley Earp on 8th mo. 2, 2009 at 12:11am — 1 Comment

More about my recent dream of NYYM

At the risk of over-analyzing it, I have written some more about my recent dream and the responses of Friends who read my original post about it. See my new post here.

Added by Rich Accetta-Evans on 7th mo. 31, 2009 at 4:20pm — No Comments

The Christian Thing (or Long Live the Christian Left!)

Though I am an ex-Christian nontheist Quaker, I am committed to accepting and promoting the Christian norms of liberal Quakerism. Some Quakers see a renewal of the Christian character of Quakerism as a survival necessity. Christians are the majority in our culture and if liberal Quakers are going to grow, they reason, the largest pool of potential new Quakers are Christians.



My own take on this is that in our majority Christian culture, there is an immense need for progressive… Continue

Added by Charley Earp on 7th mo. 31, 2009 at 1:15am — 2 Comments

Toby Jacobrown files suit against the Selective Service System

My cousin has just filed suit against the selective service system and it was written up in the Washington Post today. He does a good job of presenting his case in a video post on the site so I will let him do the talking. I hope that we in the online Quaker community can think of ways that we can make this issue more publicly recognized through Toby's action. Do you agree with how he's going about it? Not? Give him support or suggestion on his site below.



Dear friend,



I… Continue

Added by Evan on 7th mo. 30, 2009 at 1:33am — 2 Comments

Strangers in a strange land

I recently managed to find a copy of Jessamyn West's A Quaker Reader, a collection of all kinds of classic (and more unusual) Quaker texts by one of my favourite authors. I've been reading a lengthy extract from George Fox's Journal, and these few sentences struck me very forcibly:



...as I was walking upon the top of the bank there came…
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Added by Heather Cawte on 7th mo. 27, 2009 at 7:22pm — No Comments

My dream about Yearly Meeting

I recently posted an entry on my Brooklyn Quaker blog about a dream I had concerning New York Yearly Meeting. The URL is here:
http://brooklynquaker.blogspot.com/2009/07/my-dream-about-yearly-meeting.html
(Please ignore the grammatical typos).

Added by Rich Accetta-Evans on 7th mo. 27, 2009 at 4:00pm — No Comments

"Bridging ALERT"

One Minute for Peace BRIDGING ALERT!





The Bridge Film Festival and the American Friends Service Committee are excited to announce a new "Bridge" for this year's festival. In connection with the AFSC's One Minute for Peace Campaign, all PSA's submitted to this year's Bridge Film Festival that… Continue

Added by Andrew Swartley Cohen on 7th mo. 22, 2009 at 7:46am — No Comments

Obey Jesus Christ or the Government

Obey Jesus Christ or the Government

By Tony Soldo



All true Christians must disconnect themselves from all organized groups of men who's purpose is to control, judge, punish, interfere with, other men. This includes all governments, business corporations, and even religions.

The only form of government that true Christians submit themselves to is the Kingdom of Heaven, which true Christians are citizens of, and Jesus Christ is the only authority and King, and Jesus commands… Continue

Added by Tony Soldo on 7th mo. 22, 2009 at 1:03am — 3 Comments

Peacemaking & Trinitarian Communion

I should give credit to "Quaker Oats Live" blogger Cherice for inspiring me to write on this topic.



For the past two years I have been involved with the Christian and Interfaith Relations Committee (CIRC) of FGC. As I visited various program committees of FGC Central Committee, I found that the sorts of business and discussions being carried out by CIRC excited and nourished me deeply.



(To disclose my personal biases, I will mention that I was born a Pentecostal, converted… Continue

Added by Charley Earp on 7th mo. 17, 2009 at 2:00am — 9 Comments

come along! 5-6 pm, 16th of July, Trafalgar Square, or look on the 'One and Other' site.

POEM for those left standing...



'I am a person stuck with unrequested labels, Northern, female

Short-sighted, red-haired, maladroit

I worked for others, as a student, parent, activist, poet

Some labels I aspired to: Quaker, world traveller, true artist, cook

And others came from cruel authority,

Dispensed regardless…’too disabled’... to be me

That closed some minor official’s little book

Upon my whole life’s purpose…

But I live for human rights… Continue

Added by Rosemary Rimmer-Clay on 7th mo. 12, 2009 at 10:13am — 5 Comments

Poem for those left standing

POEM for those left standing...



'I am a person stuck with unrequested labels, Northern, female

Short-sighted, red-haired, maladroit

I worked for others, as a student, parent, activist, poet

Some labels I aspired to: Quaker, world traveller, true artist, cook

And others came from cruel authority,

Dispensed regardless…’too disabled’... to be me

That closed some minor official’s little book

Upon my whole life’s purpose…

But I live for human rights… Continue

Added by Rosemary Rimmer-Clay on 7th mo. 12, 2009 at 9:58am — 2 Comments

Link to NY Times Article on Pope Benedict's New Encyclical

The Encyclical is entitled "Caritas et Veritate" which the Times translates as "Charity in Truth". I would have thought it meant "Love and Truth". Anyway, it has to do with economic justice. Seems like a good thing.
The Times Article is Pope Urges New World Economic Order

Added by Rich Accetta-Evans on 7th mo. 7, 2009 at 1:47pm — 3 Comments

The Root of the Conflict

Christianity as a belief system is strongly focused on believing as a matter of... loyalty, "keeping the faith" so to speak.



This sets up a discordant situation between believers and disbelievers; it's probably a mistake to locate any resulting 'hostility' within one group or another.



They represent threats to one another's world-views, and serious threats at that. The disbeliever can muster the contemporary prestige of scientism, the history of centuries of… Continue

Added by Forrest Curo on 7th mo. 6, 2009 at 12:23pm — 7 Comments

Sink to the Seed

When I would hear the old Quaker phrase, "sink to the seed," I used to imagine a roomful of old-timey, plain Friends in a wooden meeting house, sitting quietly, and practicing "sinking down." They become quieter and quieter until there is not a sound except for what floats in through the open window on a lush, sunny, early summer day: buzzing of honeybees, snuffle of waiting horse, singing of robin. What an idyllic scene, based almost entirely on what I imagined the outward experience of… Continue

Added by Merry Stanford on 7th mo. 5, 2009 at 10:03pm — No Comments

Progressive Quakerism: A Religious Naturalist Perspective

"It has been our cherished purpose to restore the union between religion and life, and to place works of goodness and mercy far above theological speculations and scholastic subtleties of doctrine." Exposition of Sentiments Adopted by the Pennsylvania Yearly Meeting of Progressive Friends, 1853.



In the 1850s, some Quakers began to dramatically shift their religious orientation from a heavenly to an earthly perspective. The Progressive Friends movement was made up of both… Continue

Added by Charley Earp on 7th mo. 4, 2009 at 9:23pm — 6 Comments

Class One Videos Available

First is a vid on the History and Context of The Religious Society of Friends













Then another one addressing the origins of the Silent Meeting for…
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Added by Callid Keefe-Perry on 6th mo. 29, 2009 at 5:00pm — No Comments

What's Your Story?

I remember once being bothered by some guy's remark that he was taking the Bible "as story"--which I thought threatened to evade an absolutely crucial issue: "Is this story the truth?--or merely a fiction I happen to like?"



And now I'm slogging through NT Wright's The New Testament and the People of God. And one consideration I find compelling there is that we live in 'stories'--mental/emotional structures of intentions and outcomes--so that we make contact with physical… Continue

Added by Forrest Curo on 6th mo. 29, 2009 at 1:18pm — 2 Comments

Update on Seton Hill Friends Worship Group

Hi Friends

Well our small worship group that started over a year ago as a monthly fellowship is now twice-monthly and we're looking at moving to an old meeting house that is currently operated by a community organization. If that happens, our name will change. We are hoping to also find a meeting to take us under their care. It's very exciting. www.setonhillfriends.org

Added by Kevin-Douglas Olive on 6th mo. 29, 2009 at 12:09am — No Comments

Jewels of Quakerism Week 2 Survey Open

We are thrilled by the response to last week's queries, for our first class in the Jewels of Quakerism Series. So many of you took time and put much thought and heart into answering the questions and sharing your voice in this conversation. Thanks so much for that!



If you are interested in seeing the responses from last week, you can go… Continue

Added by Callid Keefe-Perry on 6th mo. 28, 2009 at 10:52pm — No Comments

Where are the real Quakers?

I recall my first clearness committee for membership twenty-three years ago. Six months earlier, I had attended my first Quaker meeting, "Unprogrammed," and that was a parenthetical part of the title on the nondescript sign in front of the meeting house. Having read various writings by George Fox, Howard Brinton, John Punshon, Elton Trueblood, and Robert Barclay's Apology in addition to many early Pendle Hill Pamphlets, I embraced the basic theology that existed among early Friends.…

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Added by C. Morningbear Cullimore Mercer on 6th mo. 28, 2009 at 12:00am — 1 Comment

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