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Jeanne B: A Modern Plea, on Friends Schools

Jeanne B: A Modern Plea, on Friends Schools. In my reflection I thought about the people I got to interview at fifteen schools before I had to stop the research. I found hard-working people with good intentions, people who crave excellence and equality. They reiterated some of what I already understood about Friends education: Quaker college preparatory schools supply a good education to students whose… Continue

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LizOpp: When Meetings become Root Bound

LizOpp: When Meetings become Root Bound. Our meetings can get root bound, can't they? ...Like when we fall into spiritual ruts of faith and practice, never seeking new opportunities to listen for God's call, or letting those new opportunities slide by, or failing to take a stand publicly for an important social-justice issue because it's too much work to organize and step out into public. …



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Jessica Belt: Waiting for God in Silence (at New England YM)

Jessica Belt: Waiting for God in Silence (at New England YM). Some Quakers would say it’s not possible to explain what happens in the silent worship we share. Often, silence was interrupted by sounds of fidgeting and shifting, but every so often, this white noise would cease as the silence grew palpably thick. …



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Added by QuakerQuaker on 8th mo. 16, 2010 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Quaker Youth Pilgrimage 2010 Epistle

Quaker Youth Pilgrimage 2010 Epistle. Perhaps the most significant factor to set QYP apart from any other experience, Quaker or otherwise, is the sense of immersion which comes from living in a close-knit and, in many respects, isolated community for as long as we have. Our use of music as well as our introduction to compassionate listening added strength to the foundation of… Continue

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Wess Daniels: Quaker Youth Pilgrimage visits Camas Friends

Wess Daniels: The Quaker Youth Pilgrimage visits Camas Friends Church. I am really proud of our meeting because it is open to doing “convergent” activities like this even though it may stretch us at times (or maybe because of it). And quite frankly, this was just a lot of fun. I don’t know a lot of programmed meetings who are willing to open their doors like this and so I feel really… Continue

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QuakerDave on Anne Rice's quitting Christianity & role of community

QuakerDave on Anne Rice's quitting Christianity. I honestly don’t understand how someone 'quits' being a Christian and still claims having a commitment to Christ. I’m always sad when I hear that someone feels compelled to leave her/his faith community. It tells me that that person’s spiritual needs are not being met there, that that community has probably failed that person. That’s… Continue

Added by QuakerQuaker on 8th mo. 10, 2010 at 6:30pm — 3 Comments

Suzanne's Musings described a "sabbatical" from worship

Suzanne's Musings described a "sabbatical" from worship. I’m back, and not because anything dramatic happened within me or my Meeting. And I must confess that I am still strongly skeptical of the notion of being released from communal worship. However, I can see that my time away had the effect of giving me the chance to choose Quakerism again. It feels a bit like a “renewal of vows” and commitment to… Continue

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George Fox's Message Via His Scripture Quotations

George Fox's Message Via His Scripture Quotations. I compiled a list using only those verses appearing in Fox’s epistles, reasoning that the epistles were more pastoral in nature and I wanted the verses that Fox would quote when writing to other Friends. From this set of verses, and looking at the way Fox used them, I pieced together a description of Fox’s message that, while… Continue

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Kevin Camp: Marginalizing Ourselves While Trying To Not Marginalize Others

Marginalizing Ourselves While Trying To Not Marginalize Others. As a Quaker, I am called to seek the Divine within every person, and no distinction ought to be drawn between any person for any reason. This is often referred to as a spiritual discipline for a reason. Discipline implies continual exertion and constant effort. Much like with any other difficult endeavor, some have worked longer… Continue

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Sheffield's Laura Kerr: Water-Based Metaphors for Quaker Meeting

Sheffield's Laura Kerr: Water-Based Metaphors for Quaker Meeting. At our last Sunday meeting for worship we heard ministry from a Friend who had been on a sailing trip, and recently returned. For her, still feeling the motion of the waves, and the unsteadiness of the room (rocking up and down!) set off thoughts of how we each sit there, bringing our own peculiar and immediate… Continue

Added by QuakerQuaker on 8th mo. 5, 2010 at 7:30pm — 1 Comment

Angelina Conti on the Quaker youth book and cross-branch work

Angelina Conti on the Quaker youth book and cross-branch work. From my work on the youth book I’ve developed a rough toolkit for cross-branch and cross-cultural work which I think is applicable outside the Quaker world. It’s a work in progress, but here are the tools more or less in order: Prepare and educate yourself in order to cultivate cultural sensitivity; cultivate your own… Continue

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Gordon Ferguson: Who We Are and What We Do

Gordon Ferguson: Who We Are and What We Do. Buried in the linear propositional logic of the 'management speak' of this document is, I believe, an attempt to evolve the relationship between 'Who We Are' and 'What We Do'. It is at the heart of our identity as Quakers. For we are not just a religious group, silently contemplating the nature of reality, nor are we just a society campaigning… Continue

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Daniel Wilcox: The Paradox of Truth

Daniel Wilcox: The Paradox of Truth. As appealing as the universalism of the Good News is—For God so loved the world; God sent not his son into condemn the world John 3:16-17—of what use is it to tell everyone that all people are saved, if we don’t help each individual change? For in fact, at this very moment millions of particular individuals are living in minor or major hells on earth… Continue

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Ganeida describes unprogrammed Friends worship

Ganeida describes unprogrammed Friends worship. How, I can hear you all asking, can you worship together when there is no set program that everyone is following? No songs to sing? No prayers all will pray together?..Silent worship is a discipline. Well, it should be. There is a rythmn to it just as there is a rythmn to the Catholic liturgy or a Baptist gathering or Charismatic worship. Times aren't set… Continue

Added by QuakerQuaker on 7th mo. 23, 2010 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

Aimee McAdams on writing the epistle for the Wichita YAF Gathering

Aimee McAdams on writing the epistle for the Wichita YAF Gathering (Friends Journal). I wrote in my journal: 
“Lord we have finished the epistle. There are parts I like. There are parts I wish were cleaner. I do not know if everyone will feel in unity with it. I hope and pray that Friends will feel the truth and meaning and spirit behind the words. I pray that we are open to receiving… Continue

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Greg Woods: Transformative Experiences

Greg Woods: Transformative Experiences. This year, at the annual Friends General Conference Gathering I noticed a theme of personal transformation in the three evening plenaries. I started to reflect on the transformations I have experienced in my life, especially a transformation that led me to become a follower of Jesus in the last couple years. As I reflect on this experience, I… Continue

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Tony Lowe: What Ifs, and trusting the Spirit Instead of Ourselves

Tony Lowe: What Ifs, and trusting the Spirit Instead of Ourselves. When I look at the history of the Society of Friends, I am always bothered by the great What If. What if Friends in 1827 had said ok, we have two somewhat different understandings of the basis of Quaker spirituality, so let’s find a way to continue to work together so that our witness to the Kingdom of God… Continue

Added by QuakerQuaker on 7th mo. 19, 2010 at 10:12pm — 1 Comment

Colin Saxton: Christian Quakers

Colin Saxton: Christian Quakers. One of the compelling questions is, “What does it mean to be the Friends of Jesus in the 21st century?” Friends are often hesitant to talk about a communal spirituality. Historically, we’re nervous about too much emphasis on what we believe together and how we are to live together. When we’re concrete at all about our faith life, we tend to be much more comfortable… Continue

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Emerging Diane: More questions if all Religions are the Same

Emerging Diane: More questions if all Religions are the Same. While I believe one can be a hyphenated universalist (and I am, in the traditional 17th century Quaker sense, a Christian-universalist), I think it is difficult to be a stand-alone Universalist, because, whether you mean to or not, that can easily slide into the false-for-a-human God position: "Yes, I am the parent and… Continue

Added by QuakerQuaker on 7th mo. 18, 2010 at 8:46pm — 1 Comment

Joanna H: Looking into the Darkness

Joanna H: Looking into the Darkness. I’ve been thinking lately about the benefits and dangers of talking about what’s wrong, broken, evil, as well as what is good. Pamela Haines’ Friends Journal article on good and evil was one reminder that I needed to consider this. Another was a collaboration with a Friend whom I admire and who is inclined to focus on the positive, to divide things… Continue

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