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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... 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

Sustainable economy for the future

Anyone else have a sense that christian discipleship is an answer to the materialist culture that is killing the future of the human species?

Do we experience the power of God to change us, to bring us out of old habits of consumption, excess, material acquisition, material ambitions? Do our lives show a "one planet" lifestyle, where we take only our fair share of the earth's resources, as a countersign against the excess and materialism of the cultures around us?

I get a… Continue

Added by Alice M Yaxley on 10th mo. 30, 2009 at 7:52am — 5 Comments

Of one accord?

I must begin by saying I have never blogged. I really didn't feel that I had anything that important to contribute. But , like many things lately in my life it's turning the other way. I find it hard to put into words the journey I have been on over the past month and a half. But, I will try because I feel God is leading me in this endeavor....

I began having some amazing dreams about a month ago. Dreams that at first made no sense whatsoever. Let me preface this by sharing that I had been… Continue

Added by thomas maxwell on 10th mo. 25, 2009 at 10:05pm — 3 Comments

Am I as flippant as I seem?

Many times I hold back from writing because sometimes I am inspired by what may seem to be a joke or something similar. I often delete - hard to believe I know - because my tone may be taking away from others but I do feel that while many a true word may be spoken in jests many jests may be spoken in true words.

I do not wish to offend but sometimes - like Lear's Fool- is truth often spoken in apparent foolishness. Most of the Friends I know are not dour but that is how we may come across… Continue

Added by Peter Lawless on 10th mo. 23, 2009 at 2:34pm — No Comments

How do we know?

That is entirely it.

Added by Peter Lawless on 10th mo. 21, 2009 at 2:49pm — No Comments

International Talk like a Quaker Day

Friends, I am pleased to announce that Tenth Month 24 (10/24/09) will be the third annual International Talk Like a Quaker Day.

Basically, this is a day to use Plain Speech (thee/thy instead of you/your) and/or talk about Quaker principles, such as peace and equality.

Here are some examples:

ITLAQ Day is the 24th day of Tenth Month and it is Seventh Day (of the week). This day is also William Penn's birthday and United Nations Day.

Mind the… Continue

Added by Jen Chapin-Smith on 10th mo. 20, 2009 at 1:55pm — No Comments

I Lovingly, Respectfully Decline the Invitation

Galatians Chapter 5 (The Message)

16-18My counsel is this: Live freely, animated and motivated by God's Spirit. Then you won't feed the compulsions of selfishness. For there is a root of sinful self-interest in us that is at odds with a free spirit, just as the free spirit is incompatible with selfishness. These two ways of life are antithetical, so that you cannot live at times one way and at times another way according to how you feel on any given day. Why don't you choose to be… Continue

Added by Raye on 10th mo. 20, 2009 at 9:58am — 7 Comments

WBFF - The Bridge Film Festival You Tube Channel

WBFF is link to the You Tube channel for the Bridge Film Festival. This is where you may view all the student film submissions and other films related to the experience.

Added by Andrew Swartley Cohen on 10th mo. 18, 2009 at 12:28pm — No Comments

A loving sensibility?

I came across the following e e cummings' poem today

i carry your heart with me(i carry it in

my heart)i am never without it(anywhere

i go you go,my dear;and whatever is done

by only me is your doing,my darling)

i fear

no fate(for you are my fate,my sweet)i want

no world(for beautiful you are my world,my true)

and it's you are whatever a moon has always meant

and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody… Continue

Added by Peter Lawless on 10th mo. 16, 2009 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Podcast for Quaker Jewish Dialogue about Jesus

First evening of the Fall Tuesday night lecture was fascinating.
A Quaker Jewish Dialogue about Jesus. You might be surprised by what you hear.
Listen to the blog post:

Join us next Tuesday for a Buddhist Quaker perspective:

Added by Walter Hjelt Sullivan on 10th mo. 15, 2009 at 11:50am — No Comments

Fall Lectures start at Pendle Hill this Tuesday

Free and open to the public.
At Pendle Hill.
7:30 pm til 9pm
We are talking about Jesus. You may be surprised. Give us a try. Bring a Friend or just a friend. It is a great group of speakers

Added by Walter Hjelt Sullivan on 10th mo. 11, 2009 at 6:13pm — 1 Comment

Quandary Queries for Quakers ;-D

I try to follow the Quaker testimony on ordinances and being educated in Catholic schools, I bear witness that the Catholics, Roman and Orthodox, have a lot of pageantry. I think the only health plan they had was the mandatory eating of fish on Friday. I still wonder what the fast was supposed to be in parts of the world where the only animal food is fish. Those days are long over.

I have looked over Kosher rules in the Torah and Talmud and Kosher products at the store, there is… Continue

Added by C. Morningbear Cullimore Mercer on 10th mo. 7, 2009 at 2:43pm — No Comments

art as protest

I went along to the Labour party conference in Brighton, wearing a tee-shirt which said, 'too disabled to be...a social worker?' and handed out the plinth poem, 'For those left standing' to a number of startled politicians to remind them that one in five of the UK population is 'disabled' society's low expectations of us. Various journalists also got the poem. Health should not be a determining factor in retention in any of the professions in England, as is currently the case.

The… Continue

Added by Rosemary Rimmer-Clay on 10th mo. 4, 2009 at 9:30pm — No Comments

QuakerQuaker This Week, 10/4/09

Nine Editor Picks including: "Friends as a Corrective for Culture," "Pain and the (Quaker?) world" and "Navigating the boundaries of sexuality," plus member posts and new events.


Obedient Linda: Friends as a Corrective for Culture

Everything that being a Friend has led me to has been counter-intuitive to the prevailing culture of individualism. Where my society would call me to be a… Continue

Added by QuakerQuaker on 10th mo. 4, 2009 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Quarterly meeting musings

Just returned from the quarterly meeting for the Pacific NW quarter of North Pacific yearly meeting (there's a mouthful!) At home we just call it Lazy F, because that is the retreat center where it's held.

I felt my daughter's absence quite intensely but I did find spiritual recharge as well. God bless my fellow worshippers. One of them shared a jewel that still glistens (reflecting Light)-- His Four Powers 1) the great mystery 2) the incredible power of connectedness 3) the power of… Continue

Added by Madeleine Cadbury Brown on 9th mo. 28, 2009 at 4:56pm — No Comments

QuakerQuaker This Week, 9/27/09

It's been a busy week: eighteen featured articles from across the web! Where else can you get this quality and diversity of fresh Quaker writing?

Join the "Quaker10 Club": The most helpful donation for QQ's future would be regular (us)$10/month donations from a core group of readers. A predictable income would give us the ability to add new exciting new features that have monthly bills attached to them. As an added… Continue

Added by QuakerQuaker on 9th mo. 27, 2009 at 11:30am — No Comments

Quaker "Fasting": Simplicity in Food

Hello Friends,

I have searched for answers to this question, but have found yet no one really discussing this very much. The topic: Simplicity in Food. I suppose this could be a discussion topic in the Plainness and Simplicity group, but I don't know if it would be welcome there, and so, I hesitate to clutter that page unnecessarily. I will say that I feel a commonality between what seems to be a call to me to eat simply and Quaker Jane's description of why she went… Continue

Added by Michael on 9th mo. 25, 2009 at 7:16pm — 13 Comments

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