Is it time, Friends, that Quakerism had its own scriptures? Not, mind you, to replace, let alone supplant, the Bible; though, in a real sense, the New Testament replaced the understandings and practices of the Old; and, the Protestant Bible, with the help of the Jewish canon, supplanted the Roman Catholic one. I'm suggesting prophetic messages, like those infrequently blessing Quaker Meetings these days.

Not taking anything away from the Quaker testimonies as our Tradition, are there inspired messages that speak to the distressing, and especially confusing, condition of our post-modern world? Messages, like the Pauline letters and catholic epistles, that would be selected, sent and reflected upon in meetings and our Meetings throughout the world. In other words, assurances from real-life-generated handles for the heated circumstances facing Quakerism's future.

I don't think it's enough to rely on internet sites for the present Quaker calling/mission any more than the past Quaker journals and writings suffice. And, I would not trust a committee with the task of compiling a Quaker Scriptures, for God so loved the world that Thou did not send a committee!

I believe that this momentous revelation should involve the entire Quaker membership, collectively and possibly individually as well, making our discernment known(to London Yearly Meeting?) by something other than the "Like" emoticon.

Can we bring the various experiences, writings, and blogs, from both known and unkown spheres of influence, into the Light of millenial decision? In truth, I am led to see this endeavor as our clarion call, unlike any other at present.

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Comment by Clem Gerdelmann on 1st mo. 21, 2013 at 12:15pm

On this U.S. nat'l. holiday in honor of MLK, Jr. and 44th presidential inauguration, I'm reminded of the inspiration that led Benjamin Lundy to gather authors, including Elizabeth Heyrick whose pamphlet, "Immediate, Not Gradual, Abolition" challenged policy in Great Britain, to confront slaveowners, who he described as "too depraved to blush, and too wicked to repent", with the truth that sets humanity free.

Comment by Clem Gerdelmann on 6th mo. 30, 2013 at 7:08am

At the risk of thinking, albeit still hoping, for this bold contribution to religious guidance, I recommend Douglas Gwyn's "Words in Time"(Kimo Press,1989-'97).


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