Part of my responsibilities as clerk of Ministry and Worship are to compile an annual report. In it, my Monthly Meeting seeks to attain the Spiritual State of the Meeting. The past several years, we’ve relied upon an online survey to gather information from members and regular attenders. It… Continue
Added by Kevin Camp on 2nd mo. 6, 2013 at 10:00am —
For a long while, I’ve been contemplating the notion of Meeting discipline and how it has evolved over time. What form does it take today? Around a century and a half ago, Friends were read out of Meeting for simply daring to marry non-Friends. Punishment had a very… Continue
Added by Kevin Camp on 8th mo. 28, 2012 at 4:30pm —
After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples' feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him. He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, "Lord, are you going to wash my feet?"
Jesus replied, "You don't understand now what I am…
Added by Kevin Camp on 5th mo. 11, 2012 at 12:26pm —
Tomorrow I will attend my 1st meeting in over 12 years. I'm very excited! I truly do not know what to expect. There was no contact information for the meeting. It is held at a Lutheran Church less than 10 miles away. I recently discovered this meeting when I went to the Quaker finder directory. Never saw it listed before. They call it a *Worship Group* I wonder how many Friends will be there. I have longed to be with Friends for so long, I can't believe that I'm actually… Continue
Added by Stephanie Piddock on 7th mo. 19, 2011 at 10:48pm —
In recent days, I have recognized yet again that some people crave surety and certainty. They believe in, and seem to need a definite answer phrased in absolute terms. Beyond the biological and even theological implications of this system is the reality. Rational sense alone has frequently been disregarded for stubborn need. Thought it may not be our role to pass judgment, lest we be judged in kind, we eagerly take it in any case. When we are… Continue
Added by Kevin Camp on 11th mo. 7, 2010 at 5:30pm —
Susanne K: Liberal White Guilt and the Quaker Peace Testimony
. 'The original [peace testimony] texts actually don’t address the impact of physical violence on its victims. Instead, the writers say they are willing to accept physical suffering if that is the consequence of refusing to engage in violent actions that would make them morally guilty.'…
Added by QuakerQuaker on 10th mo. 19, 2010 at 9:40am —
Cherice: Preparation and Forms of Worship
. I think if programmed worship is done well, it is planned in the presence of God. This means we listen to God as we're planning and preparing various elements. It also means we hold everything loosely during the worship time: if something doesn't feel right at the time, we're open and responsive to letting God change the plans… Continue
Added by QuakerQuaker on 10th mo. 18, 2010 at 8:05pm —
Ashley W Shares her Visitor Report from NWYM
. Thank you for the opportunity to visit NWYM on behalf of NPYM again. I enjoyed my time at NWYM annual session and I felt well used while I was there. I am glad that NPYM and NWYM have such a good relationship and I hope that the yearly meetings will continue to send visitors so that Friends in the Northwest can get to know each other better. Posted by… Continue
Added by QuakerQuaker on 10th mo. 9, 2010 at 7:00pm —
Martin Kelley - a simple outreach program
. When a newcomer shows up at meeting, invite them out for lunch. I’ll leave the details up to you. Your place, a local restaurant, sandwiches at the meetinghouse, doesn’t matter. Total newcomer, someone from another meeting, a old regular who hasn’t shown up in awhile, doesn’t matter. When someone you didn’t expect shows up for worship on First Day Morning, say… Continue
Added by QuakerQuaker on 9th mo. 30, 2010 at 9:34am —
By Convincement Iris: Spiritual Hearing Aids
. During a recent Meeting for Worship, one member admitted he’s having increasing difficulty hearing and has begun to wonder if he needs hearing aids. As he’s thought of the possibility of slipping something into his ears to help him hear more clearly, he’s yearned for a similar simple correction to better hear that voice that guides him. “If… Continue
Added by QuakerQuaker on 9th mo. 28, 2010 at 6:44pm —
Martin Kelley - Getting a horse to drink
. There were about seventy-five people in the room for Interim Meeting sessions. I was probably the third or fourth youngest. That's two whole generations that are largely missing from PYM leadership. I know I shouldn't be surprised; it's not a new phenomenon. But if you had told me twenty years ago that I'd be entering middle age and could still walk into a room full… Continue
Added by QuakerQuaker on 9th mo. 16, 2010 at 10:25am —
Noli Lynn On Laying Down a Quran Study.
Last Sunday, I led the last session of the Quran study at my Quaker meeting, Orange County Friends Meeting. Perhaps some of you wonder why a Quaker meeting is even studying the Quran, while others wonder why, if we’re studying it, we should lay down that study at exactly the time when tension around Islam in this country is rising. The answer to both questions is… Continue
Added by QuakerQuaker on 9th mo. 14, 2010 at 5:28pm —
Brad Ogilvie: Root causes vs just roots.
There was one Meeting's committee that was not looking at topics, but process. It was considering the extent to which it can nurture individual leadings, serve as a source of education for its members, take on issues as a committee, and reach out to others on common causes. Basically, this committee seems to be considering how to do things more… Continue
Added by QuakerQuaker on 9th mo. 14, 2010 at 4:39pm —
Martin Kelley: Staying loose and open to God's direction.
One of the most fascinating pieces of the "Convergent Friends" character is that the group doesn't spend a lot of time complaining or worrying itself about Quaker institutions that are terminally stuck. We work with ones that are open to new energy and God's direction and we supplement it with what you call the… Continue
Added by QuakerQuaker on 9th mo. 9, 2010 at 11:00pm —
Eileen Flanagan: Internet bombast & negative stereotypes of God.
I don’t have a clear analysis yet, just a sense that what my writing tries to do—help people get past their negative stereotypes of God and find a mature connection to the Divine that’s not based on coercion—is needed more than I realized, not to force a different kind of religion on the atheists who clearly aren’t interested, but… Continue
Added by QuakerQuaker on 9th mo. 8, 2010 at 7:15am —
Chronicler: Preparation for Worship and Self-Expression.
Self expression has its place, such as in the time of afterthoughts or the fellowship afterward. It is fine to share things of value coming from the news media, an important conversation during the past week, or some other kind of interaction - but let everything have its proper place. The ancient Quaker approach to worship is… Continue
Added by QuakerQuaker on 9th mo. 7, 2010 at 7:30am —
Will T: The Rest Stop is Over
. I have had some false starts where I thought that new life was emerging and I was ready to resume my writing and other forms of ministry. These turned out to be premature. Now it appears that my rest stop is over and that it is time to get back on the bus, resume my writing and to be open to what new opportunities may arise for me.…
Added by QuakerQuaker on 8th mo. 31, 2010 at 12:22am —
Timothy Travis: Going up the Mountain
. No one can go up the mountain for me, no one can bring down that lightening in a bottle--safe and smooth, warm and comfortable--that can change me and save me. I have to go up there, myself. I need to feel the shaking, smell the smoke, endure the heat, and get what I need for myself (which is freely given to all who seek it), directly from the Source.… Continue
Added by QuakerQuaker on 8th mo. 31, 2010 at 12:08am —
Will T: Wandering in the Wilderness
. In fact, it seems to me that for New England Yearly Meeting, and perhaps unprogrammed Friends in general, wandering in the wilderness falls pretty close to the center of our comfort zone. Actually entering the Promised Land scares the bejeebus out of us.
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Added by QuakerQuaker on 8th mo. 19, 2010 at 11:23pm —
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. …
Added by QuakerQuaker on 8th mo. 16, 2010 at 2:30pm —