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Kevin Camp: Shall We Resemble Our Founder Or Our Creator?

Kevin Camp: Shall We Resemble Our Founder Or Our Creator? I am reminded of this when I contemplate just how many schisms and divisions Quakerism has undergone over the years. Being that we carry within us the memory of George Fox, we often believe that our unique branch, yearly meeting, organization, tradition, or manner of worship is the correct one, and that someone else’s is in vain. One… Continue

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David Johns: When Do We Lay it Down?

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.”…



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Brad Tricola: Postmodernism & Friends' Opportunities

Brad Tricola: Postmodernism & Friends' Opportunities. On the last day part of the dialogue was, how are we as Friends especially equipped and prepared to minister within a post-modern culture. Leading Christian thinkers like Leonard Sweet, (and Todd Hunter) believe that Quakers, as antiquated as they may seem, are uniquely… Continue

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Robin M: Help Wanted 2010

Robin M: Help Wanted 2010. Will all these institutions survive this once in a lifetime mass shift in leadership? How many will move in new and vibrant directions? Are there too many openings at one time? Are there enough younger Friends who are ready, willing and able to take on new responsibilities? To take on the hard work and hard choices? To commit? New wine needs new wineskins with every harvest. But… Continue

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Martin Kelley: "Tell them all this but do not expect them to listen"

Martin Kelley: "Tell them all this but do not expect them to listen". I’m more than three-quarters of the way through the Bible (I’m stretching my One Year Bible plan across two years) and that’s really all it is: story after story of human’s relations with God. Friends have picked up this methodology in a big way. Our primary religious education is the journals elders have… Continue

Added by QuakerQuaker on 10th mo. 9, 2010 at 7:23pm — 2 Comments

Ashley W Shares her Visitor Report from NWYM

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

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Eileen Flanagan: Living in 'Right Relationship' with Creation

Eileen Flanagan: Living in 'Right Relationship' with Creation. Because Quakerism is a decentralized faith, Quakers don't have a common doctrine or creed, though the belief that there is "that of God in everyone" undergirds many Quaker traditions, such as opposition to war and concern for the least powerful. In recent years, a number of Quaker writers and organizations have argued… Continue

Added by QuakerQuaker on 10th mo. 8, 2010 at 9:12am — No Comments

"Plain Dress November" on Facebook

"Plain Dress November" on Facebook. Keeping with Friends' testimony of simplicity I thought it would be a neat idea if we take the month of november to reflect on our personal ideas about simplicity and plain dress.



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Added by QuakerQuaker on 10th mo. 7, 2010 at 3:39pm — 1 Comment

Greg Woods: Meaningful Work and Long-Term Commitment

Greg Woods: Meaningful Work and Long-Term Commitment to Change. As I am about to end two plus years of leading a service-learning program, I am reflecting on my time here and the lessons I have learned. A common phrase I hear a lot is “meaningful work”. Pastors, youth group leaders, and parents have all use this term when they call to inquire about my programs. Over time I have found out… Continue

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Micah Bales: Are We Ready for New Wineskins?

Micah Bales: Are We Ready for New Wineskins? I believe that if we focus most or all of our energy on resuscitating stagnant or dying institutions, we risk failing to re-contextualize the Gospel to emerging generations. Just as in Jesus' day, there are many of us who have the form of righteousness - who follow all the procedural rules to be "church people" - but who are not radically submitted to Christ. The… Continue

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David Johns: How do we attend to new growth?

David Johns: How do we attend to new growth? Recently a new Facebook group began gathering together folks with an interest in this very thing–”Quaker Church-Planters.” That’s an idea we don’t hear much about these days! After the burst of corporate-business patterned ‘church growth’ that blazed through in the 1980′s there hasn’t been much public discussion, among Quakers at least, about “planting”… Continue

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Robin Mohr: Let People Know You're a Quaker

Robin Mohr: Let People Know You're a Quaker. What I think we need to do is to tell more people that Quakerism is wonderful and powerful. That God is speaking to them right now. That if they want, they can listen and do better. That they are created for more than shopping and eating and scraping for their boss. That they can live up to the Light that has been given to them.…



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Roger Dreisbach-Williams: Basis & Structure of Friends

Roger Dreisbach-Williams: Basis & Structure of Friends. The Religious Society of Friends is the gathering of those who understand the reality of a living God and know that only in turning to one another can we be truly faithful. Only by releasing some to serve all can we become who we are meant to be.…





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Added by QuakerQuaker on 10th mo. 4, 2010 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Martin Kelley - Spiritual self-understanding, organizational renewal

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 — 2 Comments

Brent Bill asks: Why do we have Yearly Meetings or other institutions?

Brent Bill asks: Why do we have Yearly Meetings or other institutions?. These questions seem vital to me -- especially if our larger institutions want to become or remain vital. The questions need to be asked regularly. They can't be answered once and for all time. If the organizations don't ask these questions -- and engage the people served by them in a discussion of the questions -- the… Continue

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R Scot Miller: Comfortable waiting interupted by Spirit

R Scot Miller: Comfortable waiting interupted by Spirit. “What is it you want to pray for,” I am asked. I answer: “I want to be able to pray that the desire of YHWH is carried out by those who confess.” The next question is obvious. “Why don’t you pray for that desire to be met ?” I do not hesitate to respond. “It may mean that I might have to sacrifice in ways that I am not wanting to… Continue

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Wess Daniels: The End of Words

Wess Daniels: The End of Words. Quaker theologian Isaac Penington once wrote: "And the end of words is to bring [humanity] to the knowledge of things beyond what words can utter. So, learn of the Lord to make a right use of the Scriptures: which is by esteeming them in their right place, and prizing that above them which is above them."…



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Martin Kelley - a simple outreach program

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

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Will T: A People to be Gathered

Will T: A People to be Gathered. When George Fox climbed Pendle Hill he had a vision of a great people to be gathered. Friends who seek renewal of the Society of Friends use this vision as a touchstone of what the Society of Friends can become again. I know that it speaks to me. I also think that Friends have lost sight of what it means to be a people.…



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Added by QuakerQuaker on 9th mo. 29, 2010 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Bill Clendineng: Waiting Rooms and Worship

Bill Clendineng: Waiting Rooms and Worship. Traditional Friends worship is a lot like the waiting that happens in a waiting room. It may be quiet but it is not passive. There is a reason for the waiting as we anticipate some kind of moving. In a doctor's office or an airport lounge we have a pretty clear idea of what will be happening. Waiting in worship means we are open to something happening,… Continue

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