A living faith, like the one preached by Jesus, does not rely on tradition and books. It relies on the power of the Spirit to transform people so their lives, their families, and the world are better. All religions that argue for respect for their “holy” books (i.e., “Faith and Practice”) and their traditions eventually will lose relevance.
Consider this: Perhaps the mass of Quakers who are ignoring tradition and their ‘Faith and Practice’ manuals have gotten it right. The powerful and meaningful aspects of Quakerism to their modern lives is silent worship and gathered communal discernment. And all they now need is for the Quaker experts and historians to recognize that and help them to focus on it alone.
Check arrived, I've had three charts printed up for you, they'll be out tomorrow.
Thee might find the statistics and graphs for the 20th century at the top a bit of a surprise....pastoral churches went from 93,000 to 50,000, the EFI membership was flat...and the 95+ traditional meetings served by the FGC doubled in size.......I'm tempted to post the graphs....What's thee think ?
For the charts we also do pay-pal using our e-mail to enter it.
There is a library paper & ink version that should last 100 years or so. It costs us $50 to get a copy made, and then postage as well, and they do need to be framed..... The regular ones should last till the ocean gets to Richmond, (2040 or so).......Been 20 yrs or so since we were at Richmond mtg doing a lecture on the subject.I stopped because I felt I was being drawn into the FUM/EFI frey. Quakerism is my religion, not a sideline or a theological chess game, or a theological tower of Babel. Its not some magic formula that will jettison me into heaven when I'm dead, make it so I'm not responsible for my actions or have some warrior-god come and fix everything.
I rather doubt that becoming part of this club is spiritually wise for me. We'll see.
How is Powhatan? Amelia Court House is not far south is it? It hath been a long time since I was in that area. . . Campbell has been cooling down, especially in the lower vales and rural areas. Hope thou hast a good day.