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My past experience includes a Master of Divinity and four years employment in churches, then a Masters plus certification in school psychology with which I worked in a variety of settings in PA, OH, IN and NY and then retirement with my wife in IN and currently near Elmira, NY.

In the year 2000 when my friend, Monica, soon to be my wife, and I ventured off toward Mohawk Valley Friends Meeting, it was not the little we knew about Quakers that led us down the small roads toward the meeting house 30 miles away but what we had experienced in many churches, Catholic churches for Monica who rejected most of Christianity along with her Catholic childhood so that she was looking for a more personal experience with God and for me a variety of churches starting with a small Baptist Church led by small Baptist men and continuing through a variety of denomination finding an abundance of doctrine and leadership seeking to increase the churches importance by calling people to themselves more than to the overflowing, surging life and energy and might of the Spirit of Christ. What I hope our road continues to have, what I value as unique to the Quaker experience ahead of us in 2000 but behind us now is what I would like to share with others, openings which in general are the sense that meeting is not a time for ritual or ceremonies to make us pleasing to God rather our ritual pleasing to God is the way we live our life as an offering poured out to Him, and the gathering is for an intense fellowship surrounded as we are by others who receive grace to grace His presence in the gathering just as one wave magnifies another moving in the same direction by joining with it.

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Separations and views of atonement

Posted on 8th mo. 17, 2013 at 5:41pm 9 Comments

Separations and views of atonement.

If I could frame a question on this topic, it would be "what needs to be addressed in order for a single Quaker meeting to have differing views of the atonement?" The second question would be "what goals for a meeting are implicit in each view of the atonement."

It would be simpler to say why can’t we all just get along. But the answer to that would probably not help us understand our differences or the solutions that addresses these…

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worship may be dangerous to our spiritual health.

Posted on 1st mo. 27, 2013 at 8:19pm 3 Comments

The purpose of my prior BBQB blogs is to highlight Quaker reliance on Scripture to construct the Quaker practices and Quaker organization.  This blog examines “worship” as one of the two words where Quakers failed to follow new covenant teaching because they focused on the plain meaning of scripture in faulty translations.

 

The study of worship starts with a dictionary definition. Worship as a verb means “to show religious reverence for: to adore or to perform acts of adoration”.…

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We modern Quakers are thieves but do not weep. BBQB-IV

Posted on 1st mo. 15, 2013 at 11:36am 5 Comments

We modern Quakers are thieves but do not weep.  This is unlike Margaret Fell Fox's response to the 28 year old farmer, merchant preacher's, message given before the sermon in her respectable Church of England in 1652.  Respectable modern Quakers may object that they are not now in the 38 year old Margaret's position by having stolen a Christian's profession without knowing it needs to be accompanied by a renewing possession of the Spirit of Christ.  We modern Quakers frequently quote the…

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Can you identify which of the following quotes are from Quaker sources? BBQB-5

Posted on 1st mo. 6, 2013 at 8:48pm 2 Comments

Can you identify which of the following quotes are from Quaker sources?  Knowing Quaker from non-Quaker writing will determines how we describe ourselves as Quakers.  How many of the following 10 quotes can you accurately place in or outside of early Quaker thought?



1    So if it could be proved -as it can not- .... that the Gospels were the fabrication of designing and artful men, that  Jesus of Nazareth had never lived, still Christianity would stand firm, and fear no evil.  None…

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At 3:25pm on 1st mo. 18, 2013, Barbara Smith said…

Lee - That is wonderful! Our first meeting will be at our home in Lodi at 11 am on Feb 3. We had planned a simple soup and bread lunch for noon.  We would love to have you. Let me know if you can make it and I will send directions. It is about 1/2 hour north of Ithaca. We have 5 very interested folks so far, 4 from Ithaca and one in Cortland. So as things develop we may decide to move it to Ithaca to be more central.

Do you attend Ithaca Meeting? I look forward to meeting you and hope you can make it out here. If you would need a ride let me know.

In Christ,

Barb

 
 
 

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