Kevin Camp's Blog (194)

An Unprogrammed Friend Experiences Programmed Worship

This past week I took a five-day visit to the Pacific Northwest. Though I was there to play tourist and visit family, I also wanted to examine a very different worship style than the unprogrammed silent worship where I learned to be a Friend and how I…

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Added by Kevin Camp on 9th mo. 3, 2017 at 5:00pm — 40 Comments

Mercy in Troubled Times

People and animals alike must wear garments of mourning, and everyone must pray earnestly to God. They must turn from their evil ways and stop all their violence. Who can tell? Perhaps even yet God will change his mind and hold back his fierce anger from destroying us." When God saw…

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Added by Kevin Camp on 8th mo. 21, 2017 at 1:00pm — 9 Comments

When Worship Turns Sour

Every Meeting for Worship has its own character. Some are more silent than vocal, others more vocal than silent. I've been present for both iterations. Due to a divorce, I've been forced to relocate back home. I arrived around six months ago and believed I was assimilating well until today. I…

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Added by Kevin Camp on 8th mo. 6, 2017 at 6:30pm — 3 Comments

Do Quakers Believe in Heaven?

"Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. There is more than enough room in my Father's home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you?…

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Added by Kevin Camp on 8th mo. 3, 2017 at 12:00pm — 11 Comments

Do Quakers Believe in Heaven?

"Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. There is more than enough room in my Father's home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you?…

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Added by Kevin Camp on 8th mo. 3, 2017 at 12:00pm — No Comments

God Wills It: A Reevalution





Previously seated in my kitchen, I was brought to my feet, feeling handcuffs snap tightly…

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Added by Kevin Camp on 6th mo. 28, 2017 at 3:30pm — 7 Comments

Why Quakers Revere Silence: An Answer in Part

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Added by Kevin Camp on 12th mo. 5, 2016 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

A Resurgence of Hope in Trump's America

Written originally for a Non-Quaker audience.

We as Americans are divided along political and ideological lines, surely, but what gets less attention is how divided we are along moral lines. Though I write as a person of faith, we are not yet so divorced from the…

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Added by Kevin Camp on 12th mo. 3, 2016 at 10:08am — No Comments

Grief Counseling for In-Laws

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.-Isaiah 41:10

The above verse is enclosed more for my partner and her family than myself. My regular readers…

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Added by Kevin Camp on 10th mo. 17, 2016 at 12:11pm — 1 Comment

How It Should Have Gone (The Proper Way to Resolve Concerns)

I write again about the best way a contentious situation in a Meeting might be resolved. It's easier to use myself as an example. Below is one way that Meeting concerns might best be resolved, concerns best put aside as responsibly as possible, with a minimum of hurt feelings…

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Added by Kevin Camp on 9th mo. 2, 2016 at 8:30pm — 1 Comment

Is Donald Trump the Anti-Christ? (No, really)

Donald Trump is many things to many people, most of them rotten to the core. Thinking people rightly see him as a threat to Democracy and basic decency. But you don't have to go to college or be highly educated to see the threat present in his ascent. I see an electorate that…

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Added by Kevin Camp on 8th mo. 5, 2016 at 12:49pm — 5 Comments

Keeping the Faith When Dialogue Is Difficult

Some years back, the committee of which I was clerk decided to Elder a Friend for sharing vocal ministry too frequently. As long-term readers may recall, I aimed to deal as fairly with him as I could, but he took immediate offense and never returned to Meeting again. I wanted to open a…

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Added by Kevin Camp on 7th mo. 25, 2016 at 9:00am — 45 Comments

Being Good Is Not Enough

My partner’s mother hails from conservative small town Texas. Now pushing seventy, I’ve heard her tell the same story on numerous occasions. It must have left quite a lasting impression, as I hear it every time I’m visiting family during the holidays. The latest retelling is…

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Added by Kevin Camp on 4th mo. 25, 2016 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

A Spirited Defense of the Pastoral System

For the sake of full disclosure and complete transparency, let me state for the record my religious past. I was raised, baptized, and confirmed a United Methodist. At the age of seventeen, well into teenage rebellion, I became a heathen Unitarian Universalist. This lasted for…

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Added by Kevin Camp on 4th mo. 8, 2016 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

Be Cautious with Revolutions

A study of the past shows that times of great societal reform often come only from armed combat. This is a disquieting thought to those who espouse non-violence and peaceful reconciliation. The English Civil War led directly to the formation of the Religious Society of Friends. The…

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Added by Kevin Camp on 3rd mo. 14, 2016 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

Community: or Why You Should Quit Your Day Job

10 I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly…

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Added by Kevin Camp on 2nd mo. 24, 2016 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

Why We Can't Hide Behind Our Words

At the last stop along my religious journey, I was summoned to meet with the clerk of the Meeting and the alternate clerk. The reason was never expressed until I arrived, and I have to admit that it felt a little like I was being sent to the principal’s office. After I sat down and listened to…

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Added by Kevin Camp on 1st mo. 29, 2016 at 10:00am — 10 Comments

The Ultimate Sacrifice

If we are followers of Jesus, are we willing to emulate our Lord at the expense of our very well-being, our health? We know of Christians who are persecuted daily in far flung lands. We know of Friends who were jailed and even killed for their religious daring. Our faith reminds us of…

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Added by Kevin Camp on 1st mo. 20, 2016 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Is Religion Motivated by Guilt Trip?

The cynic rejects organized religion because of the perceived damage it creates to the believer. The atheist believes in no higher power, no higher authority. The atheist may observe nothing, but the cynic observes everything.

Certain biblical narratives in the life of Jesus could be said to…

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Added by Kevin Camp on 1st mo. 10, 2016 at 5:00pm — 12 Comments

When It's Time to Change Meetings/Churches

I'm not out in this post to air any personal grievances. A Friend told me, in more profane terms, that there are a certain amount of cares one can give about any contentious subject. There comes a time in every person's life where change is necessary, even changing houses of worship. I'm…

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Added by Kevin Camp on 9th mo. 27, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments

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