Many of the difficulties of atheists... come from the way God has been described to them.
They start wrestling with the question, "Can an infinitely good being be in charge of, be responsible for, this universe full of Historical Events and other forms of suffering?" They see some Christians in terror of this allegedly good and loving being, whom they are told intends to inflict eternal suffering on many people for having turned out Bad--or merely turned out impolite to deities, too… Continue
Added by Forrest Curo on 5th mo. 5, 2009 at 7:07pm —
Just posted on Hungry Friends
about a book that inspired a conversation about many things, including whether good cooks have a certain divine je ne sais quois
, or if they just follow cookbooks really well. What do you think?
Added by Shaun Chavis on 5th mo. 5, 2009 at 1:54am —
This Pendle Hill Pamphlet I found when I had a moment to dig in Woodbrooke library this weekend is amazing. It's called "Getting rooted: Living in the cross - a path to joy and liberation
". PHP #391 by Brian Drayton. One of those texts I where I was saying yes! Yes! to it whilst reading. Because it seems like Drayton's writing about that same Christian experience I try to witness to, badly as I do it.
Check out this bit: Drayton's writing about 1 Cor 2:1-5 (which I have… Continue
Added by Alice M Yaxley on 5th mo. 3, 2009 at 4:52pm —
Pete Seeger turns 90 tomorrow. There is going to be a big celebration at Madison Sqaure Garden. Performers include Bruce Springsteen, Wilco, Billy Bragg and many more. Pete is certainly a kindred spirit as far as this Quaker is concerned. I saw him once in 2003 at a small congegational church is Greenwich NY and talked with him briefly. I remember asking him who he was reading lately and he mentioned Barbara Kingsolver and Arundhati Roy. I don't know that he professes any religious belief and I… Continue
Added by Mike LaBelle on 5th mo. 2, 2009 at 4:30pm —
This blog will be documenting my Quaker life, such as it is. I'm not really a Quaker - my parents aren't, and really, I've just been to one meeting in my life. But I was impressed.
This blog will be the thoughts I care to share - perhaps my attempt to clarify my own thinking. It may not be very sociable or agreeable to read. It's hard to say.
I have a background in philosophy of science, history, and applying that to philosophy of religion and other… Continue
Added by Darrin S. on 5th mo. 1, 2009 at 12:25am —
Friends will you pray with me?
You are our reliable protector. You are the one we can lean on and trust, whose strength overcomes sin, death and every evil. You are our teacher and our comforter, you do not fail to come to us when we need you and turn to you in trust. You are the source of our strength and the solid basis of our lives. You are the fountain of unfailing grace and promise, you make a path into peace from each moment of this hurting… Continue
Added by Alice M Yaxley on 4th mo. 29, 2009 at 6:32am —
Laurence Sigmond, a Germantown Meeting Friend (and QuakerQuaker member
) died in his sleep Wednesday morning. From the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting Young Friends page
Many of you know Carl Sigmond from Young Friends. I have learned that Carl Sigmond's father, Laurence Sigmond, died in his sleep at about 5:00 A.M. this morning,… Continue
Added by Martin Kelley on 4th mo. 23, 2009 at 4:00pm —
I was wondering if I could do this....
Added by Forrest Curo on 4th mo. 22, 2009 at 4:00pm —
My beloved, Monica Tetzlaff, and I are participating in planning the Illinois Yearly Meeting 2009 Annual Gathering. The next Illinois Yearly Meeting annual sessions will be held June 17-21, 2009, at the historic Illinois Yearly Meeting house in McNabb, Illinois. I am seeking comments and observations from you all. We are setting up workshops now, and suggestions for workshops are welcome on that theme.
Here is the notice that is being sent out:
Illinois Yearly Meeting:… Continue
Added by Bradley Laird on 4th mo. 20, 2009 at 10:50am —
Green issues from the perspective of a worker with addictions: John
Myhill, Wilkinson House, Wymondham Norfolk
Saving the Planet
Human beings are addicted to unnecessary consumption of materials whose
production and use cause global warming.
In each individual case, we can to discover what stimulates the person
to crave a particular object.
For example seeing a travel… Continue
Added by Alice M Yaxley on 4th mo. 18, 2009 at 3:21am —
Anyone know any of these folks? http://www.jesusmanifesto.com/
I like it, at first encounter.
I've found an answer the question for me that someone asked recently somwhere about whether I identify as Christian first or Quaker. Right now I'd say no, if you are doing what Jesus was doing, we're in communion. Quakers and other Christians alike, from my perspective, just happen to have some tools - disciplines, community, common aims, resources - for doing that same… Continue
Added by Alice M Yaxley on 4th mo. 17, 2009 at 5:24am —
Is it best to begin with the Journal of George Fox for an introduction?
Added by Amybee on 4th mo. 12, 2009 at 12:01am —
I am not yet a "Friend" but have begun some preliminary reading out of curiosity and would love to learn more. I am somewhat isolated as I do not drive and am not sure how easy it would be to attend a nearby meeting. Can anyone recommend some resources for me that are reliable, generally approved of, and which might help me learn without totally confusing myself? I am just delighted to learn of the openness, thoughtfulness, and philosophical liberality of the RSOF. Having studied comparative… Continue
Added by Amybee on 4th mo. 11, 2009 at 11:23pm —
All this started, some time ago, with the Jews. As it happened, they came to consider themselves a people uniquely chosen, to serve God’s purposes in the world. Then, as the Christian sect became increasingly estranged from the Judaism of their time, Christians began to consider themselves to be the ‘real’ Jews, to be a people called to take on the duties and especially the rewards of being God’s people.
The Hebrew Scriptures are an account, by some of the People of Israel, of what… Continue
Added by Forrest Curo on 4th mo. 8, 2009 at 4:25pm —
Mary Crauderueff, a Friend from Maryland connected to Pendle Hill, is doing a survey about Quaker bloggers and blog-readers. I just filled it out and enjoyed it -- fairly brief, but good questions. I offer her letter to you as an invitation to participate.
From: Mary Crauderueff [mailto:m.crauderueff [at] gmail.com]
Sent: Tuesday, March 17, 2009 12:03 AM
To: Mary Crauderueff
Added by Frederick Martin on 3rd mo. 22, 2009 at 6:13pm —
After reading Lloyd Lee Wilson's pamphlet, "Holy Surrender", and attending the Convergent Quakers workshop last weekend, I resolved to relieve myself of some possessions especially clothes and books. I have been carrying around boxes of books from home to home for years. Why? As a child who loved to read, I lived in a home where there were few books (although both parents encouraged me to use the library). I resolved that my own family would not experience that. Well now that my son is grown up… Continue
Added by Susanne Ratcliffe Wilson on 2nd mo. 28, 2009 at 4:30pm —
We were all driving up Paca Street, just about to turn the corner onto Druid Hill Ave. Destination: home. It was a gorgeous, sunny spring day. All the sounds of the city, the klaxons of impatient drivers, the sirens of cops and firefighters rushing off to help victims or put out fires, real, figurative or just perceived. Of course, with me in the car, the topic of religion arose, the context of which I don't remember. What I do recall, as we turned right onto my street, cherry blossoms blowing… Continue
Added by Kevin-Douglas Olive on 2nd mo. 18, 2009 at 6:22pm —
This is our third day without electricity in Fayetteville, Arkansas, along with thousands of others in the region as the result of an ice storm. I'm at my office today (Saturday), as I came to work on my meeting's budget for this year. There hadn't been power at the office so I have been working from a coffeehouse at Hastings. I'm almost embarassed to admit how good it felt when I flipped the switch at work this morning, and the lights actually came on! I've been feeling a little depressed by… Continue
Added by David Carl on 1st mo. 31, 2009 at 1:49pm —
My almost-eight-year-old niece showed me a picture she drew of the world. And Africa is very tiny, and when I told her that it's actually huge, that more than a few maps of the US could fit over the actual map of Africa, she didn't believe me.
So today I went searching for maps that would show her some persepective and found worldmapper.org. You can look at land mass based on all sorts of criteria like literacy, disaster, and religion. I had fun exploring and found this map of the… Continue
Added by N. Jeanne Burns on 1st mo. 30, 2009 at 12:58pm —
Over on the One Year Bible Quaker group, I've posted tomorrow's readings (1/29)
with some early Quaker quotes courtesy of the wonderful Quaker Bible Index. It looks to be a good reading: Moses continues to tell the stubborn Pharaoh to "Let my people go," Jesus talks about the wisdom of children and gives his famous parable about camels going through eyes of needles.
Added by Martin Kelley on 1st mo. 28, 2009 at 10:00pm —