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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

Quakerism Course Survey 1

Week One's survey is already up and can be found here.

Added by Callid Keefe-Perry on 6th mo. 23, 2009 at 12:38am — 2 Comments

The Jewels of Quakerism Weekly Survey

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This summer, Kristina and I are teaching a course in Quakerism at Pendle Hill. The majority of those in attendance will be young adults that are part of the Young Adult Leadership Development Program (YALD), plus some other students and staff people. Along with the usual exploration of various aspects of our faith and practice as a Religious Society - we have an emphasis on discovering together how we talk about our experiences. We'll turn, of course, to Early Friends for… Continue

Added by Callid Keefe-Perry on 6th mo. 23, 2009 at 12:30am — No Comments

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Added by Callid Keefe-Perry on 6th mo. 22, 2009 at 11:24pm — 1 Comment

We are that we are

I've posted on my blog a short piece that should be of interest to the Quaker Quaker community. It's about an exercise that a diverse group of friends did at a workshop conducted by Marge Abbot, of our Multnomah Monthly Meeting and Peggy Parsons of Freedom Friends. You can read it at theredelectric.blogspot.com.

My little essay begins with God's describing himself to Moses thus: "I am that I am."

Rick

Added by Rick Seifert on 6th mo. 15, 2009 at 3:01pm — 3 Comments

The saints got it wrong.

After some time being annoyed by people who like to quote statements that "God has no hands but ours," I am pleased to announce that this has finally come out right in my head...



We have no hands but God's.



There are any number of things I would really, really like to accomplish. These are invariably things that I lack the skills, smarts, wisdom and omnipotence to actually do.



Okay, I've got these nice tactily-pleasant things that come in handy for good stuff… Continue

Added by Forrest Curo on 6th mo. 13, 2009 at 3:00pm — 4 Comments

Why not call yourself a christian, like Lucretia?

I keep being surprised that people are surprised to find that christians are not the "straw man" they seem to be expecting. Jesus is reported as starting the saying after all - "Matthew ch7 v21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven." I guess it baffles me that so many people amongst Quakers seem to be in the fellowship of the holy spirit, drawn into this church (Quakers) and yet denying… Continue

Added by Alice M Yaxley on 6th mo. 9, 2009 at 6:02am — 24 Comments

Keeping It Grounded?

I was just reading a brief, possibly unfair account of a charismatic Anglican clergyman of the 1840's. 'Men were quaking; women were fainting' during his sermons. His bishop clamped down, and soon this man had gone off to start a church of his own, where his ceremonial public attempt to render a female disciple immortal unexpectedly (to him!) rendered her pregnant.



Okay... So we need more 'enthusiasm,' in the root sense of God being more manifestly 'in us'--but 'enthusiasm' in the… Continue

Added by Forrest Curo on 6th mo. 9, 2009 at 12:33am — 3 Comments

What would Christians have to do to reduce demand for abortion?

I am quailing at posting this but I do so in the faith that we must be willing to address the heart even of issues which might be terribly divisive. What light can God send us, if we are willing to listen and learn together?



I have just been wondering what a christian response could be to reduce the demand for women and children to have pregnancies terminated (abortion). I am talking about my vision of the world to come. Who can throw the first stone?



People would be… Continue

Added by Alice M Yaxley on 6th mo. 5, 2009 at 7:38am — 4 Comments

Why call yourself a Quaker? Why go to a Quaker Meeting House building?

Replying to comments by Martin, Callid, Wess below a previous post, on Scott McKnight's stuff about community.



I'd agree we have to be willing for everything to be pruned away, whilst we hold to the cross which we can rely on. My model is that "being a Quaker" is living in that willingness to give up everything, to be re-formed by Christ amongst us into the church God intends us to be. That's what I mean when I use the word, what do you mean? Sounds like you want to use the… Continue

Added by Alice M Yaxley on 6th mo. 4, 2009 at 6:30am — 22 Comments

When Traveling with an Extra Bonnet It is Wisest to Wear It

It has twice happened that I was traveling some distance on public transport and found myself in possession of two bonnets. I wear one bonnet every day, but to be in possession of two and to be traveling about is more rare. Now, I once traveled with a Friend in the same predicament and she accomplished it with no problem, so I will not say it is something anyone else would have to worry about. But I, I am inattentive to bonnets that are not on my head and I have allowed them to suffer squishing… Continue

Added by Isabel Penraeth on 6th mo. 4, 2009 at 1:00am — 2 Comments

The Lamb of Babel

There are a whole lot of Friends who don't think the Bible matters much, one way or another. There are a great many who consider it vitally important, but figure it has a simple meaning which they accept and others reject. And by the American Assumption, anyone who doesn't know must be sure that the truth lies somewhere "in the middle"? My position is: None of the above.



I've been laboriously neglecting this Bible blog I blundered into (kwakerskripturestudy.blogspot.com) and ended up… Continue

Added by Forrest Curo on 6th mo. 2, 2009 at 9:00am — No Comments

Quaker Quotes of the Day

I'm starting a new daily Quotes blog over on this new Quaker Quotes of the Day blog. My apologies for the duplicate posting, I'm just getting the system in place! See also: my post about this on Quakerranter.org.

Added by Martin Kelley on 5th mo. 30, 2009 at 9:30am — 3 Comments

What if I can only bring you a debt?

We don't live in the old times where debts got written off every seven years in Jubilee. How many of the people you know and who live near you are tied into their lifestyles of bad work and bad consumption by the need to repay debts?



I think the traditional Quaker understanding that a person had to be free of debt to be a good disciple is pretty radical. I want all people to have freedom to choose but how free can we be if debts keep people trapped in bad work, bad consumption to… Continue

Added by Alice M Yaxley on 5th mo. 29, 2009 at 9:31am — 2 Comments

What to do while waiting patiently

Patience is a forced virtue. My hypotheses is that you learn it and practice it involuntarily. My personal circumstances over the past two years have put me in a situation where God has forced my hand: I have no control over the timing or outcome of things, only the control over how I respond to the events He has placed in my life.



A personal note: Nearly two years ago, I accepted a role in my company that requires I live/work in the Northwest, and since then, I've been commuting… Continue

Added by Deb Buerkle on 5th mo. 28, 2009 at 10:46am — No Comments

My hope is in God's peace-making power

[Taken from my response to Marv Ostberg's blog post.]



I'm pretty young and idealistic I guess, but here, I'll try to describe the way I'm seeing it: God's justice is peacemaking, it tells me I have to work together with you and everyone to find the way we can live on the planet even with those who hate us and blame us and don't want us to exist. That's why we have to pray for our enemies. When I pray for my enemies I get really changed by it. I can see them as people. I hope for them… Continue

Added by Alice M Yaxley on 5th mo. 25, 2009 at 5:03pm — 2 Comments

avoiding simplicity and being humble is good

here is the thing: i am a navy vet and even though i never had to fire a gun in defense or anger i am aware that in some way i may have contributed to deaths even though i served in peacetime - the eisenhower presidency. but i was also there as a representative of our culture to japan and other places in the far east. yet, i humbly concern myself that in some way i may have contributed to violence.



now then i do not hear any of the same type of humiity from quakers or others of the… Continue

Added by marv ostberg on 5th mo. 24, 2009 at 9:25pm — 7 Comments

Isolated Friends, helping each other?

At the moment I have such a strong sense that following God is a communal activity. I don't know if any of us are strong enough to do it alone. Jesus was upset, he needed his friends to watch and pray when he was facing the difficult stuff.



I have a Meeting relatively close (1.5h walk, 35min bus) but I want to have Meeting with the people in my street and the surrounding streets.



I hear a lot on this site about isolated Friends who are struggling feeling alone on your path… Continue

Added by Alice M Yaxley on 5th mo. 23, 2009 at 9:19am — 3 Comments

One of Those Externals....

Just a suggestion... but how long does it take a typical Quaker to get tuned in?



My impression is that it takes longer than an hour.



I know we've had some groups experimenting with at least occasional longer meetings. Even considering the fact that these would be self-selected, unusually spiritually-inclined members in the first place--I understand that the results have been generally good.



Over an hour is not unusual for a church service.



Among other… Continue

Added by Forrest Curo on 5th mo. 23, 2009 at 7:31am — 1 Comment

red lotus

Yesterday I got a strong sense of why traditional Quaker preachers were so keen to suppress their own personalities.



I still think it was an error, from applying a crude theology to reality: the notion that we are a Christ spirit tangled within an unruly animal self--within a personal self that must be murdered to let Christ rule in us all alone.



But I had this responsibility to not blow it, to pass on the Transmission with the cleanest possible signal.



I'd just… Continue

Added by Forrest Curo on 5th mo. 21, 2009 at 6:30pm — No Comments

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