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Kinship and prejudice: Are migrants kin?

A new post on The Empty Path: Nonaligned faith and practice in the present.

"Our primate hardwiring militates against welcoming migrants. It’s that simple. And that complicated.

"Individual human beings always act out of self-interest.…

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Added by Mike Shell on 7th mo. 31, 2019 at 10:26am — No Comments

A Review of Edwin L. Battistella's "Sorry About That: The Language of Public Apology"

 Originally published on the blog of Quaker Universalist Fellowship.

Reviewed by Larry D. Spears.

Sorry About That: The Language of Public Apology, by Edwin L. Battistella (Oxford…

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Added by Mike Shell on 6th mo. 24, 2019 at 10:07am — No Comments

Global Meeting for Worship – Live online Quaker worship

Please join Quaker Universalist Fellowship

in our new experiment with live online Quaker worship.

Global Meeting for Worship

via Zoom web conferencing

Beginning Wednesday, March 6, 2019

and each Wednesday thereafter.…

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Added by Mike Shell on 2nd mo. 21, 2019 at 11:00am — No Comments

Curing and healing

Originally published on The Empty Path: Nonaligned faith and practice in the present


American culture has been fixated from the start on two principles inherited from the 17th century English society that established the colonies: the mandate to cure physical, social, and moral ills, and the primacy of ownership.

Whether Puritan, Catholic, or…

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Added by Mike Shell on 12th mo. 3, 2018 at 12:30pm — No Comments

We cannot live outside of history," by Mary Klein, editor of Western Friend

Republished on Quaker Universalist Conversations

by permission of Mary Klein, editor of Western Friend…


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Added by Mike Shell on 11th mo. 30, 2018 at 9:41am — No Comments

Ignore the news cycle. Cooperation is hardwired.

Republished from The Empty Path: Nonaligned faith and practice in the present.


There ain’t no good guys, there ain’t no bad guys.

There’s only you and me and we just disagree. — Dave Mason

What is it we all fear? We fear what our culture—or, rather, whatever part of our culture we pay attention to—tells us…

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Added by Mike Shell on 11th mo. 4, 2018 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Reintroducing "The Quaker Universalist Reader #1": The 1986 collection republished in eBook format

The Quaker Universalist Reader Number 1: A Collection of Essays, Addresses and Lectures, edited by Quaker Universalist Fellowship Editors (1986; republished in eBook Format, 2017).

NOTE: This is the first of three Quaker Universalist Readers now republished in eBook format. All three volumes are…

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Added by Mike Shell on 10th mo. 3, 2018 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Rescuing Romans 13:1-7 – How do we answer authoritarian use of these words?

Originally published on the Quaker Universalist Fellowship blog (6/30/18)

Amid the wide global turmoil stirred by America’s current flexing of authoritarian nationalism, a deeper spiritual turmoil has been brought to light by the current administration’s use of the apostle Paul’s Letter to the Romans.

There is a willful…

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Added by Mike Shell on 7th mo. 1, 2018 at 7:16am — 10 Comments

Are Quakers Humanized? – A review of Steven Pinker’s "Enlightenment Now"

Originally published on Quaker Universalist Conversations,

the blog of Quaker Universalist Fellowship, on March 22, 2018.


Enlightenment…

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Added by Mike Shell on 4th mo. 3, 2018 at 2:38pm — No Comments

Sa’ed Atshan: On the Quaker practice of embracing conflict

Excerpts from the Friends Journal interview

Republished from the blog of Quaker Universalist Fellowship @…

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Added by Mike Shell on 2nd mo. 11, 2018 at 7:00am — 15 Comments

Page 575 and the Quaker Bible: Reading The New Cambridge History of the Bible

A new post on Quaker Universalist Conversations by Larry D. Spears…


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Added by Mike Shell on 1st mo. 24, 2018 at 9:26pm — No Comments

"A Quaker’s Response to Christian Fundamentalism" - Sallie King’s 2009 QUF Pamphlet

Sallie B. King, Professor of Philosophy and Religion at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, is the author of many books and articles on Buddhism, Quakerism, interfaith dialogue, and the cross-cultural philosophy of religion.…

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Added by Mike Shell on 11th mo. 25, 2017 at 5:36pm — No Comments

"The World After Truth," by Winston Davis

In May of 2016, Quaker Universalist Conversations published Winston Davis’ essay “Religion, In a Nutshell.” The following essay was just published on February 5th.

The World After Truth

“You shall know the truth, and the truth will…

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Added by Mike Shell on 2nd mo. 7, 2017 at 9:36am — 3 Comments

Seekers again: The ministry of Quaker Universalist Fellowship

The poet Jalaluddin Rumi writes of night travelers who search the darkness instead of running from it, a companionship of people willing to know their own fear. (91)

Pema Chödrön,

When Things Fall Apart

Quaker Universalist Fellowship

What we are learning

Many modern…

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Added by Mike Shell on 1st mo. 27, 2017 at 10:30am — No Comments

The alabaster jar

First published on The Empty Path.

Many of us are chronically distressed by the suffering we see around us. It confronts us in the 24/7 news cycle, in social media, in what we pass on the street every day. We live with a longing to be rid of the pain and guilt that we experience in witnessing all of this…

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Added by Mike Shell on 1st mo. 27, 2017 at 9:39am — No Comments

What should I do?

Originally published on Quaker Universalist Conversations (1/1/17).

I had a dream a few days ago, one of those rare wholly unambiguous dreams. It was a flying dream, but that’s not the relevant feature, just a plot device.

I was returning…

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Added by Mike Shell on 1st mo. 3, 2017 at 9:35am — No Comments

"The Universal Mechanism for Ministry to Seniors," by Larry Spears

Originally published on Quaker Universalist Conversations

The Description, Checklist and Comments portions of this blog post are all available as a downloadable PDF file:…

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Added by Mike Shell on 10th mo. 10, 2016 at 5:00pm — 5 Comments

"Neighbor"

I think we tend to miss the point of the teaching story misnamed “The Good Samaritan” (Luke 10:25-37).

Almost always our focus is on the people who passed by the “man who fell among thieves” and the one who stopped, instead of on the framing questions by which Jesus signaled the living spirit of the story.

A lawyer asks Jesus how to attain eternal life. When Jesus challenges him to find…

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Added by Mike Shell on 8th mo. 30, 2016 at 10:47pm — No Comments

Religion, In a Nutshell, by Winston Davis - Excerpts from a new QUF article

Friends,

Quaker Universalist Fellowship has just posted Winston Davis’ extended article, “Religion, In a Nutshell,” on its Publications page.

The following blog post offers some excerpts from the new work and invites Friends to…

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Added by Mike Shell on 5th mo. 16, 2016 at 4:30pm — No Comments

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