In the last two months, the Quaker Worship Group in Whitehorse witnessed an increased interest in the Quaker tradition of seeking God and the Quaker form of worship. As a very small and very isolated group, the concern of how to build community has been raised on several occasions.
William Swainson – doing Quaker outreach…
Added by Othmar Ferdinand Arnold on 12th mo. 17, 2012 at 11:45pm —
She's still out there, somewhere, on her own, tending to her mother's death, trying to find like-minded community for the few weeks she's visiting. She's still tugging at my heart though.…
Added by Cathy Barney on 11th mo. 30, 2012 at 12:37pm —
After experiencing the intensity of a gathering of caricature artists secondhand during my husband's recent convention, I returned home a little deflated. Jealous even. Missing something. Not feeling connected. To the point of posting so on Facebook.…
Added by Cathy Barney on 11th mo. 28, 2012 at 7:20am —
MESS/paint and pastel on paper
WEDNESDAY: A transparent mess, that's what I told my shamanic counselor I was. He laughed, said no way, but that… Continue
Added by Cathy Barney on 4th mo. 24, 2012 at 1:25pm —
Listen to this post: http://www.turtleboxstories.com/audio/purityofclearness.mp3
In 12 years of being Quaker and participating in as many clearness… Continue
Added by Cathy Barney on 2nd mo. 11, 2012 at 2:57pm —
There is a prophet in our midst, and her name is Maggie Harrison. Rousing many like fire, making my skin itch at being possibly excluded from this club that I don't even belong to, really (when asked if I am a Quaker, I always respond, 'Not yet.'), but want to think I can put on and off like so much-- clothing?
And, nakedness. Taking off the mantle of Religious Identity, making space for the un-knowingness of living INTO something, removing armor and… Continue
Added by Victoria Pearson on 2nd mo. 10, 2012 at 10:30pm —
Soon to be released through FGC's Quakerbridge Press, Build It!: A Toolkit for Nurturing Intergenerational Spiritual Community contains common sense strategies for building a Young Adult and Young Friend presence. Along with practical solutions is straightforward logic that many Friends have… Continue
Added by Kevin Camp on 5th mo. 6, 2011 at 9:00am —
For several weeks, since I started the series about the Quaker testimonies, I have wanted and feared to write about community (a separate testimony with the Norwegian Friends). I have felt that before I can become a Friend, I’ll have to attend meetings for worship regularly. I am not even sure they would let me become a Friend if I don’t.
I struggle with this. For a great deal of my life, I have learned to trust nobody but myself and God. The reason has been that a lot of churches and… Continue
Added by Tarald Stein on 1st mo. 30, 2011 at 11:53am —
Cherice: Living Out Calling in Radical Ways?
And if we listen to Christ, are we willing to break away from mainstream Christianity in the United States and live out that calling in more radical ways? Are we willing to be different, to not just be another Protestant denomination with a few quirks, like not taking communion? We definitely need to make space to listen to prophets rising… Continue
Added by QuakerQuaker on 10th mo. 15, 2010 at 7:00pm —
David Johns: When Do We Lay it Down?
Occasionally we expect the committees (and let’s add here, organizations, meetings, churches, programs, etc.) we form to last, if not forever, for a very long time. How do we know when something has served its purpose? How do we know when it is time to move on? How do we know when it is time, as Quakers like to say, to “lay it down.”…
Added by QuakerQuaker on 10th mo. 11, 2010 at 2:50pm —
My proposal is that the Religious Society of Friends exists to enable its members to be more faithful to God. It exists because God is the Creator and We are Creatures, part of a broader Creation for which we are (in the image of God) stewards. Each of us has the overwhelming task of discerning our place in the creation and our responsibility as stewards.
It's understandable that the most common response to this reality is denial but Friends proclaim the good news that God loves us… Continue
Added by Roger Dreisbach-Williams on 10th mo. 4, 2010 at 5:56pm —
Martin Kelley - Spiritual self-understanding as pretext to organizational renewal
. If you’ve got a group of people actively listening to the guidance of the Inward Christ then any process or structure probably can be made to work (though some will facilitate discernment better). Our books of “Faith and Practice” were never meant to be inerrant Bibles. At their… Continue
Added by QuakerQuaker on 10th mo. 2, 2010 at 10:00pm —
Liz Opp answers why she's a Quaker
. I am a Quaker because I place myself in Quaker contexts--not exclusively, but primarily: be it with other Quakers for socialization; or reviewing Quaker writings for inspiration and guidance; or engaging in corporate worship, even on a sometimes irregular basis. But as I read over what I've already offered, I find myself returning to this: I am Quaker because… Continue
Added by QuakerQuaker on 8th mo. 25, 2010 at 2:19pm —
Joanna Hoyt: Gifts and grunt work
. “We’re here trying to do important spiritual work, and you want to take people’s time and attention to talk about scraping plates?” ... I believe that the real important work, living into the kingdom of God, requires us to pay attention to the messes we make and the people who get stuck cleaning them up.…
Added by QuakerQuaker on 8th mo. 23, 2010 at 8:30am —
Seth Hinshaw - Detraction
. Whenever we discuss a person who is not present, we need to be aware of the danger of detraction. As Children of the Light, we should bear in mind that God does not expect us to repeat everything we know. Even when we are sure that what we are saying is true, it may be detraction to say it.
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Added by QuakerQuaker on 8th mo. 22, 2010 at 10:00am —
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. …
Added by QuakerQuaker on 8th mo. 19, 2010 at 11:44pm —
John Edminster: The basic gospel message is love
. But love is not primarily a feeling, but a decision of the will: I will not hurt you back if you hurt me. I will not cheat you, tell you lies, or manipulate you for my own advantage. I will lay down my life for you if that will save yours. That’s what the Gospel asks me to do, and I will do it, and I pray that God will give me the strength to… Continue
Added by QuakerQuaker on 8th mo. 16, 2010 at 7:30pm —
Mark W: relying on the word "Quaker"
. What if you were no longer allowed to call yourself Quaker, while still maintaining the same level of membership in your faith community? What would you feel you had lost?
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Added by QuakerQuaker on 8th mo. 16, 2010 at 9:29am —
Liz Opp: Qualities of a Quaker worship community
... when a Friend is in crisis, our meetings rally around the person to help her or him over the hump, providing careful listening and regular support--be it financial, medical, familial, vocational. On the other hand, how regularly do we ask questions of one another about God or the Loving Principle in our lives, or how… Continue
Added by QuakerQuaker on 8th mo. 13, 2010 at 4:22pm —
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 —