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An Exposition of Laozi’s “Essence of Dao” by Yun Choi Yeung

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mike Shell 7th month 7. 2 Replies

Yun Choi Yeung is from Hong Kong and has been living in the United Kingdom since October 2010. In 2015, she contributed “…Continue

“On Mediation” by Mary Klein

Started this discussion. Last reply by Peter S. Krynski 1st month 18. 1 Reply

“From the Editor’s Desk,” Jan/Feb 2020 Western Friend"Love and truth spring forth in all times and all places – even in…Continue

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QUF October 2019 Newsletter | Sharing Quaker Worship Online

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Friends,Here is a link to the online version of our October 2019 newsletter, just sent out today: https://tinyurl.com/QUFnewsletter-Oct2019.We…Continue

Join Quaker Universalist Group on Facebook

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Mike Shell replied to Mike Shell's discussion 'An Exposition of Laozi’s “Essence of Dao” by Yun Choi Yeung'
"Thanks very much, Marcia. I will share your comment with Yun Choi Yeung.  Blessings, Mike"
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Marcia P Roberts replied to Mike Shell's discussion 'An Exposition of Laozi’s “Essence of Dao” by Yun Choi Yeung'
"Thanks to Mike for this post. I read the original posting by Yun Choi Yeung with interest, especially as I have often been intrigued and confused by the writing of Laozi's "Essense of the Dao." The facts how his words changed through…"
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"Friend Marcia. I don't visit QuakerQuaker much at present, but thanks for "friending" me. Blessings, Mike"
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An Exposition of Laozi’s “Essence of Dao” by Yun Choi Yeung

Yun Choi Yeung is from Hong Kong and has been living in the United Kingdom since October 2010. In 2015, she contributed “Enlightenment and Discernment to the blog of Quaker Universalist Fellowship, affirming that “in Quakerism, enlightenment or conversion is just the beginning of discernment.” Currently Yun is working on a biblical…See More
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Thomas Maxwell replied to Mike Shell's discussion 'Join Quaker Universalist Group on Facebook'
"I just requested membership in the group. Thank you for sharing this information."
5th month 14
Peter S. Krynski replied to Mike Shell's discussion '“On Mediation” by Mary Klein'
"Love the article and the portrait of Jacob Nayler, titled The Great Deceiver, the False Messiah, King of the Quakers., in which he is riding a horse or donkey facing its rear."
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QUF October 2019 Newsletter | Sharing Quaker Worship Online

Friends,Here is a link to the online version of our October 2019 newsletter, just sent out today: https://tinyurl.com/QUFnewsletter-Oct2019.We introduce our own weekly Global Meeting for Worship (Wednesdays from 6-7 pm GMT), and we add information about several other hosts of online Quaker worship.Please share this announcement with others.Thanks, Mike…See More
10th month 10, 2019
zelma street mission replied to Mike Shell's discussion 'Facing hostile nationalism: Quakers in Nazi Germany and now'
"mike, i would be honored to have you share any of my insights- no need for anonymity and i thank you. blessings, deb."
9th month 17, 2019
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Mike Shell replied to Mike Shell's discussion 'Facing hostile nationalism: Quakers in Nazi Germany and now'
"Friend Deb, I appreciate very much your sharing of this information. May I share it as a comment on the original Quaker Universalist Fellowship blog post at https://universalistfriends.org/weblog/facing-nationalism, as well as on our Facebook Group…"
9th month 17, 2019
zelma street mission replied to Mike Shell's discussion 'Facing hostile nationalism: Quakers in Nazi Germany and now'
"perhaps i can help or at least apply this to my community in houston, where a significant portion of our neighborhood lives in reliable and credible fear of being profiled, detained, searched and in some cases arrested, incarcerated and deported-…"
9th month 12, 2019
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Join Quaker Universalist Group on Facebook

Join Quaker Universalist Group on FacebookThe mission of the Quaker Universalist Fellowship is to seek truth to guide practice in the Quaker tradition.We want this web presence to be a theological and experiential dialogue in our shared journey, sharing with one another pointing to where the bread of life is to be found.…See More
9th month 10, 2019
Kirby Urner replied to Mike Shell's discussion 'Facing hostile nationalism: Quakers in Nazi Germany and now'
"Yes Keith, that's what we love about you.  Keep up the good work."
9th month 2, 2019
Keith Saylor replied to Mike Shell's discussion 'Facing hostile nationalism: Quakers in Nazi Germany and now'
"Kirby, Thank you for the links. Thank you for considering some of my questions. The experience of inshining of immanent being upon my conscience and consciousness has discovered to me a different way of relating to people which is not of the nature…"
9th month 2, 2019
Kirby Urner replied to Mike Shell's discussion 'Facing hostile nationalism: Quakers in Nazi Germany and now'
"G'morning on this First Day Keith. I won't get to all these questions in order and refer readers to my voluminous world-readable corpus for more of my thinking, if curious.  Yes, I refer to Canadians as Americans as I'm simply…"
9th month 1, 2019

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Writer, editor, photographer. Retired prison counselor and librarian. Married to Jim Gleaton under the care of Columbia (SC) Friends Meeting on December 17, 1994. Christocentric-Universalist Friend, deeply informed by Buddhist and Pagan traditions.

Clerk of Jacksonville (FL) Friends Meeting and recording clerk for Southeastern Yearly Meeting executive committee. Editor of Quaker Universalist Conversations, blog of the Quaker Universalist Fellowship.
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Kinship and prejudice: Are migrants kin?

Posted on 7th mo. 31, 2019 at 10:26am 0 Comments

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

Posted on 6th mo. 24, 2019 at 10:07am 0 Comments

 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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Global Meeting for Worship – Live online Quaker worship

Posted on 2nd mo. 21, 2019 at 11:00am 0 Comments

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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Curing and healing

Posted on 12th mo. 3, 2018 at 12:30pm 0 Comments

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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At 8:11am on 5th mo. 14, 2015, Forrest Curo said…

Yeah, I'd been afraid I'd sounded unduly harsh, when I'd basically meant that there's a lot to Jesus-as-was that really hasn't entirely fit into anybody's book so far. & that much of the add-on stuff is also in character, & serves to develop our understandings. Some of the best interpretation I've found was by people who got the history wrong or just didn't care abt that end!

At 4:24pm on 11th mo. 22, 2014, Keith Saylor said…

Hello Mike, 

Thank you for your response to my questions on the Recovering History thread. It is much appreciated. I'm writing to you here because I had no thoughts to share that would further the specific discussion. 

Your closing words caught my attention:

My sense is that the driving motive Quaker faith in action is always this:

I must take care of my neighbor and refuse to comply with the hurtful policies of those in power anywhere--regardless of whether I change the actions of those in power.

I spent time with these words because they did not hit my mind cordially, and I was lost as to why. Slowly, the sense of it manifested in the resilience of silence. 

Presence is the motivation. Direct experience is Quaker faith in action. The direct, immediate experience of Christ's presence is the Principle; outward principles or rationalized conceptual constructs, abstractions such as care for neighbors or resistance to statist imposition, is outside of Presence itself. I am Presence and do not reference outward ideologies, theologies, principles, etc. as sources of motivation. If I help my neighbor or if I do not help my neighbor I do so in the direct experience and light of the inward Principle; anchored within conscious and informing conscience. In the Light their is no reflection upon or identity with and through the outward ideologies or principles. There is pure action in the freedom of the unrefracted light within ... Here the self-conscious ego, anchored in Presence, acts without predictions and in complete freedom without reference (without looking back on outward thoughts). This is Quaker faith in action.

I write this not in the expectation that these words are cordial to your mind or with any expectation that you agree with them. I appreciate you sharing your "sense" because, in doing so, you have helped me push through to a deeper walk in Presence.

 
 
 

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