James C. Shultz's recent blog post 'Why I'm not on the Occupy band wagon' and the comments to it got me thinking. The blogger writes, in the comments, "Going into business for yourself is the Quaker way. " A number of the other commenters have argued that is not possible. I know my thinking about this has been influenced by the book 'Beyond Civilization' by Daniel… Continue
Added by Alice Yaxley on 4th mo. 14, 2012 at 1:00am —
I started writing this as a comment on Micah Bales’ blog post about Occupy & Quakers, and it grew until it needs its own post. I have a vision of what living the gospel looks like in this age, which I am working towards the best I can, but I don't know if others will see it the same way. Maybe it's too obvious, or too crazy, but I have to try to write what I can… Continue
Added by Alice Yaxley on 4th mo. 1, 2012 at 12:30pm —
The door is open
The Quaker Community in Bamford in the Peak District was set up in 1988 with two main aims:
- to deepen our corporate spiritual experience through daily worship together, and
- to give more effective expression…
Added by Alice Yaxley on 7th mo. 5, 2010 at 3:04am —
Some thoughts about difficult times. I'm trusting that God makes good from our difficulties if we are able to stay on track with God's guidance.
Galatians Chapter 6:
4-5Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourself into that. Don't be impressed with yourself. Don't compare yourself with others. Each of you must take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your own… Continue
Added by Alice Yaxley on 5th mo. 17, 2010 at 10:00am —
This post at BibleMonster
got me thinking. The hole he identifies in mainstream christian thinking is one I think Quakers can do well at.
... This theology has grown up inside the sin-salvation paradigm of traditional Christian thinking, in which consequences for sin are deferred to after death (for the individual) and to the endtimes, for… Continue
Added by Alice Yaxley on 5th mo. 13, 2010 at 12:15pm —
Mark 4 : Jesus Calms the Storm
35That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, "Let us go over to the other side." 36Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. 37A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. 38Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, "Teacher, don't you care if we drown?"
39He got up, rebuked… Continue
Added by Alice Yaxley on 4th mo. 4, 2010 at 2:20am —
Reproduced with the author's permission from Britain Yearly Meeting's web forum. Tone wrote:
When George Fox recorded this phrase, 'answering that of God in everyone'
he was in jail in Launceston. He was suffering at the hands of his oppressors. He saw 'that of God'
as being repressed in his tormentors, ignored and 'transgressed'
. Answering that of God in them was 'spreading the Truth abroad, awakening the witness, confounding deceit, gathering up out of… Continue
Added by Alice Yaxley on 2nd mo. 5, 2010 at 11:02am —
It's true, climate change is frightening. Perhaps it has never happened before that humans have had to face the possibility of our species' extinction so directly. We cannot save ourselves by our own effort, we are not in control of much at all, no matter how clever or hardworking we are. We are tied together on this planet with millions of people who haven't yet faced the scientific evidence and who aren't ready give up their material greed and their hard hearts against those who are 'not like… Continue
Added by Alice Yaxley on 2nd mo. 1, 2010 at 1:30pm —
Recently came across Brian McLaren's three emergencies in a blog post of his
" 1. The Crisis of the Planet: How can we reorient our economy around sustainability and regeneration rather than consumption and environmental degradation?
2. The Crisis of Poverty: How can we address the growing economic gap between a powerful rich minority and the marginalized poor majority of our world’s… Continue
Added by Alice Yaxley on 11th mo. 16, 2009 at 5:47pm —
Some reflections which have been on my mind following a recent conference I was at. It was very encouraging in some ways - lots of bright enthusiastic folks - but it seemed to me that maybe we need to massively step up our Quaker education processes to get Meetings functioning enough to support their members to answer God's call to act on this and other issues! Lots of people seemed to have a disappointment and a lack of hope and energy for the collective dimension of Quaker life. That concerns… Continue
Added by Alice Yaxley on 11th mo. 4, 2009 at 5:04pm —
Anyone else have a sense that christian discipleship is an answer to the materialist culture that is killing the future of the human species?
Do we experience the power of God to change us, to bring us out of old habits of consumption, excess, material acquisition, material ambitions? Do our lives show a "one planet" lifestyle, where we take only our fair share of the earth's resources, as a countersign against the excess and materialism of the cultures around us?
I get a… Continue
Added by Alice Yaxley on 10th mo. 30, 2009 at 7:52am —
We started a Friendly Bible Study
at my local Meeting this morning. It’s designed as a series of six sessions but people who want to join in are very welcome. The next one will be 2009-10-04, and there is also a weekday evening group for folks who find that easier to fit in. We started about ten past nine due to an amount of shuffling around as we had too many people to fit into one group and had to decide how to… Continue
Added by Alice Yaxley on 9th mo. 21, 2009 at 12:30am —
It struck me recently that maybe I’ve been misreading some stuff in Quaker sources where testimony is mentioned. I noticed it when I had a chance to read some of "Fit for freedom, not for friendship
", in an extract quoted in that book from a minute made by a group of Friends early in the twentieth century. Perhaps I’m not the only one to have read Quaker stuff for several years without having understood this. Could a… Continue
Added by Alice Yaxley on 9th mo. 5, 2009 at 8:30pm —
I keep being surprised that people are surprised to find that christians are not the "straw man" they seem to be expecting. Jesus is reported as starting the saying after all - "Matthew ch7 v21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven." I guess it baffles me that so many people amongst Quakers seem to be in the fellowship of the holy spirit, drawn into this church (Quakers) and yet denying… Continue
Added by Alice Yaxley on 6th mo. 9, 2009 at 6:02am —
I am quailing at posting this but I do so in the faith that we must be willing to address the heart even of issues which might be terribly divisive. What light can God send us, if we are willing to listen and learn together?
I have just been wondering what a christian response could be to reduce the demand for women and children to have pregnancies terminated (abortion). I am talking about my vision of the world to come. Who can throw the first stone?
People would be… Continue
Added by Alice Yaxley on 6th mo. 5, 2009 at 7:38am —
Replying to comments by Martin, Callid, Wess below a previous post, on Scott McKnight's stuff about community.
I'd agree we have to be willing for everything to be pruned away, whilst we hold to the cross which we can rely on. My model is that "being a Quaker" is
living in that willingness to give up everything, to be re-formed by Christ amongst us into the church God intends us to be. That's what I mean when I use the word, what do you mean? Sounds like you want to use the… Continue
Added by Alice Yaxley on 6th mo. 4, 2009 at 6:30am —
We don't live in the old times where debts got written off every seven years in Jubilee. How many of the people you know and who live near you are tied into their lifestyles of bad work and bad consumption by the need to repay debts?
I think the traditional Quaker understanding that a person had to be free of debt to be a good disciple is pretty radical. I want all people to have freedom to choose but how free can we be if debts keep people trapped in bad work, bad consumption to… Continue
Added by Alice Yaxley on 5th mo. 29, 2009 at 9:31am —
[Taken from my response to Marv Ostberg's blog post.]
I'm pretty young and idealistic I guess, but here, I'll try to describe the way I'm seeing it: God's justice is peacemaking, it tells me I have to work together with you and everyone to find the way we can live on the planet even with those who hate us and blame us and don't want us to exist. That's why we have to pray for our enemies. When I pray for my enemies I get really changed by it. I can see them as people. I hope for them… Continue
Added by Alice Yaxley on 5th mo. 25, 2009 at 5:03pm —
At the moment I have such a strong sense that following God is a communal activity. I don't know if any of us are strong enough to do it alone. Jesus was upset, he needed his friends to watch and pray when he was facing the difficult stuff.
I have a Meeting relatively close (1.5h walk, 35min bus) but I want to have Meeting with the people in my street and the surrounding streets.
I hear a lot on this site about isolated Friends who are struggling feeling alone on your path… Continue
Added by Alice Yaxley on 5th mo. 23, 2009 at 9:19am —
I know, I know I said I was taking a break but seriously read this if you are interested in evangelising/Gospel Order.
If reading the Bible as Story teaches us anything, and we need to emphasize this one more time, it teaches us that God's work in this world is to form communities that visibly demonstrate the power of God at work in this world.
This is explaining some stuff I've been… Continue
Added by Alice Yaxley on 5th mo. 21, 2009 at 4:23pm —