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Hello to all

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 — 4 Comments

On Being a Non'Quaker' Quaker

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 — 1 Comment

Quaker Bloggers -- here's the survey for YOU! --Asking about journals, blogging, and spiritual growth

Friends,



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.



--Frederick Martin



-----Original Message-----

From: Mary Crauderueff [mailto:m.crauderueff [at] gmail.com]

Sent: Tuesday, March 17, 2009 12:03 AM

To: Mary Crauderueff

Subject:… Continue

Added by Frederick Martin on 3rd mo. 22, 2009 at 6:13pm — No Comments

Subtracting

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 — 1 Comment

Why I bother with religion.

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 — 10 Comments

Ice and power

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 — 2 Comments

Quakers and Maps

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 — 1 Comment

Matthew 18: This forgiveness thing is real

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.



But… Continue

Added by Martin Kelley on 1st mo. 28, 2009 at 10:00pm — 2 Comments

Hi!

I don't know if anyone will actually read this, but I'm going to write something & see if anyone responds! I'm a seeker, would like to attend meeting, but because of location, it's not going to happen soon; the nearest meeting, a very small one, is in a neighboring town and has no children. I have a 12 year old, and she loves the church youth group at the Methodist church that we've attended her whole life. Weighing everything, staying involved in that church is the best plan...for… Continue

Added by JJ on 1st mo. 28, 2009 at 8:05pm — 4 Comments

Rufus Jones

January 25th was Rufus Jones birthday. If he were alive today he would be 146 years old. If you have not searched out the writings of this great American Quaker and true "Spiritual Master" please do so ASAP. He is considered by many to be the greatest Quaker thinker this country has yet produced. I could argue even further that his writings have a spiritual depth that is unequalled in the whole of Quaker history.

Spread the word!

Added by Mike LaBelle on 1st mo. 28, 2009 at 2:11pm — No Comments

Presenting a Friends School message

This is from a presentation I gave for Quaker educators attending a "peer group" meeting for the Friends Council on Education. I didn't design it to be independent of the talk but I'll share it here in case anyone finds it interesting!



Presenting at a Friends School (Google Docs Presentation). I also later turned it into a Youtube… Continue

Added by Martin Kelley on 1st mo. 14, 2009 at 2:00pm — No Comments

The origins of the Nort Spews ...

By way of introduction, I started my blog, The Nort Spews News & Reviews, back in 2005. This was just before I became a member of the Miami Friends Meeting.



Though the blog was intended from the beginning to be about a wide range of subjects of interest to me personally, when looking back I see that the very first entry concerned a war protest in front of the meeting house.



(Read it… Continue

Added by Steve Donachie on 1st mo. 12, 2009 at 4:34pm — No Comments

The New Calvanism

I read this morning an interesting New York Times magazine article on the rise of a "New Calvanism" as embodied by one preacher and church in particular: Mark Driscoll and Mars Hill.

Thought folks here might be interested. And I wonder what Convergent folks think about it.

Here's the long article.

Added by N. Jeanne Burns on 1st mo. 11, 2009 at 1:17pm — 13 Comments

Witnessing For Peace In A Violent World: I

On New Year’s Eve, Clare and I saw the 2005 German film Sophie Scholl: Die Letzen Tage (The Last Days). The film tells the incredible true story of Hans and Sophie Scholl, a brother and sister who were students at the University of Munich in 1943 and who with several other brave young people formed the White Rose resistance movement against the Nazis. Hans, who had served on the Eastern Front, had witnessed with horror the execution of Jews by members of an Einsatzgruppen unit, and… Continue

Added by Michael Radigan on 1st mo. 2, 2009 at 4:00pm — 2 Comments

Chasm

The Chasm between the Activist and the Contemplative

 

I can’t remember the name of the blog, but last year I read about a Meeting that decided to have a structured sharing between those who spoke often at Meeting for Worship and those who remained silent.  As I recall the two groups were paired and given time to express their views of Meeting for Worship.  As one might expect, those inclined to be speakers at Meeting for Worship had a lot to say, while those who inclined to…

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