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Recapturing Initiative for Conservative Friends

Started this discussion. Last reply by William F Rushby 8th month 4. 2 Replies

I have been involved with Conservative Friends, sometimes more and sometimes less, for 50 years.  Many times I have pondered what it would take to revitalize our faith and faith-community, and make…Continue

QQ Response to the Virus

Started this discussion. Last reply by William F Rushby 4th month 25. 6 Replies

The QQ response to the Virus crisis seems anemic!  Why??Continue

A Time of Spiritual and Social Ferment

Started this discussion. Last reply by Thomas Maxwell 5th month 14. 23 Replies

We are living in a time of profound spiritual and social ferment.  Many people have realized their lack of connectedness to others.  I suspect that they are (or will) realize that they need to find a…Continue

Quotable Quotes

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Appleman 2006 on MennoNet: "There is no fence high enough to keep a wandering soul from walking away from God." March 5, 2020From Timothy Larsen, church historian, in *Christianity Today*: "As for…Continue

 

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"In its more vigorous days, the Rockingham Meeting undertook a program of intervisitation with other meetings in the middle Atlantic states.  "
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William F Rushby replied to William F Rushby's discussion 'Recapturing Initiative for Conservative Friends'
"The paper I just posted revises one I wrote 20 years ago.  I would like to add one more initiative to the list, which is intervisitation among congregations.  It is very easy for a viable meeting to overlook the situation of struggling…"
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Recapturing Initiative for Conservative Friends

I have been involved with Conservative Friends, sometimes more and sometimes less, for 50 years.  Many times I have pondered what it would take to revitalize our faith and faith-community, and make them more responsive to Christ.  Several attempts have been made to nurture renewal, and most of them have failed.  The continuing decline of Conservative Friends seems to outstrip these various efforts to foster renewal. Failure is discouraging, but it can also teach us lessons if we are willing to…See More
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William F Rushby commented on Marcia P Roberts's blog post 'No respector of persons'
"Marcia: Sorry I didn't proofread my spelling of your name!"
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William F Rushby commented on Marcia P Roberts's blog post 'No respector of persons'
"Marica: Don't take it personally!  The mind plays tricks on all of us.  I have yet to respond to your challenging comments but don't want to cut off the interesting dialogue before it plays itself out!"
7th month 27
William F Rushby commented on Marcia P Roberts's blog post 'No respector of persons'
"Keith Saylor wrote: "Marcia, I have read this piece a number of times. A concern keeps manifesting. I will speak plainly for the sake of clarity. It strikes me that, while you participate in the process of reflecting upon others you, at the…"
7th month 27
Keith Saylor commented on William F Rushby's blog post 'From John Woolman on Ministry'
"If I understand you correctly, I do not attend outward meeting or church service or worship before Meeting in search of inspiration or to worship. Both these are of the nature of a conscience and consciousness in immanent and self-evident being…"
7th month 27
Marcia P Roberts commented on William F Rushby's blog post 'From John Woolman on Ministry'
"The question posed by William Rushby on, "what a meeting for worship is for?" And his answer, "if inspiration is what it is..." can be answered with the dictionary's definition (Dictionary.com) for Inspiration under theology…"
7th month 26
Keith Saylor commented on William F Rushby's blog post 'From John Woolman on Ministry'
"Hello Marcia, Your question is significant. Early in the history of the Quaker gathering, it happened that many did not agree with the outward forms Fox and others were promoting to guide and  inform relations in the gathering. A key…"
7th month 26
William F Rushby commented on William F Rushby's blog post 'From John Woolman on Ministry'
"Lest I be misunderstood, please be assured that I love roses daffodils, and roses!  And occasionally, I even listen to NPR!"
7th month 25
William F Rushby commented on William F Rushby's blog post 'From John Woolman on Ministry'
"Much depends on what a meeting for worship is for!  If "inspiration" is what it is all about, even a meaningful account of one's visit to Europe would qualify!  Traditionally, Friends have attended meeting for worship to…"
7th month 25
Marcia P Roberts commented on William F Rushby's blog post 'From John Woolman on Ministry'
"This discussion thread has provoked more consideration of what leads members to vocal ministry. The phrases "daffodil" ministry, and "listening to NPR on the way to Meeting," seriously reflect where some members find inspiration.…"
7th month 25
Keith Saylor commented on William F Rushby's blog post 'From John Woolman on Ministry'
"I've added anEpistle written by Woolman relevant to the study. https://johnwoolman.blogspot.com/p/epistle-to-quarterly-and-monthly.html#XR1304"
7th month 25
William F Rushby replied to Kirby Urner's discussion 'Racism: A Lesson Plan'
7th month 24
William F Rushby replied to Kirby Urner's discussion 'Racism: A Lesson Plan'
"Kirby wrote: " How about we talk about racism outside America sometimes." And I reply: How about we talk about "Primitive Christianity Revived sometime?  I understood that that is the central narrative of QuakerQuaker!"
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From John Woolman on Ministry

Posted on 4th mo. 28, 2020 at 5:52am 56 Comments

From John Woolman (1741)

I went to meetings in an awful frame of mind, and endeavored to be inwardly acquainted with the language of the true Shepherd. And one day, being under a strong exercise of spirit, I stood up, and said some words in a meeting, but not keeping close to the divine opening, I said more than was required of me and being soon sensible to my error, I was afflicted in mind some weeks, without any light or comfort, even to that degree that I could take…

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Ever Hear of Andrea Palpant Gilley? Robert Woodberry?

Posted on 1st mo. 10, 2014 at 1:16pm 1 Comment

The January/February 2014 issue of Christianity Today ran a cover story entitled: "The World The Missionaries Made".  The author is Andrea Gilley.  The author ID said that she "spent part of her childhood in Kenya as the daughter of Quaker missionaries."

Her essay focusses on the research of Robert Woodberry, a sociologist who teaches at the U of Texas.  For his dissertation, he examined the impact of "conversionary" Protestant…

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At 3:48pm on 5th mo. 3, 2020, David Keel said…
I'm sorry to hear that. Thank you for the friendship on here.

David
At 4:00pm on 1st mo. 23, 2020, David Keel said…

Hi William,  I became interested in George Fox as a younger Christian, and William Penn also.  I was impressed by them and the early Quakers commitment and laying down of their lives in England to go all out to spread the message of Jesus. 

And I lived in a town called Horsham where George Fox was imprisoned just a hundred yards from where I was living.   But my interest in them and also the early Puritans  got awakened when the Lord led me out to commit myself to pray and repent each night in the hills where I lived.  I was led by the Holy Spirit each night.  

I would love the Quaker and Puritan movements to return to the place where they were at all of those years ago.

Is that a photo of you in the car ?

At 2:08pm on 1st mo. 20, 2017, Carolyn Taylor said…

Hi there, William..You got my name wrong. It is, 'Carolyn'.

And I would be happy to help you start a group for 'Anabaptis

Friends". That about describes me in a nutshell!

Blessings,

Carolyn

At 9:27am on 1st mo. 20, 2017, Carolyn Taylor said…

Thank You, William!

I joined QQ several years ago. The thing is, I took time away. Thought I was going to be Anabaptist and started attending the Church of God in Christ, Mennonites in Livingston, CA. The only problem is, I don't drive and my husband doesn't want to go 66 miles one way to church even once a month..I would be there all the time, if I could. But cannot be and the Doctrine classes are hard to fit in when people can only come here every so often..nothing regular and so I set it aside. It hurts me very much to do so,too. I have come back to be a Quaker as that is what I was before attempting to be a Mennonite. I live "out of the world" now even more so than before. It is kind of a lonely existence on my narrow way. 

  I am 64, married to Mark for 25 yrs. We have one daughter 18 who is starting college. And four dogs. One is my Diabetic Alert Dog, Regis. The other 3 are Jack Russell Terriers.

Yes I have met some of the OGB people from Modesto. They are lovely folks.

I never met your famous horse or visited a farm here. I live in the woods in Central Stockton next to the original Stockton Country Club. Near Smith Canal and on a quiet circle where mostly  older folks are. We are in a gated community.

At 1:02am on 3rd mo. 12, 2016, Dean E. Hartley said…

My father was Robert Elmer Hartley. Everett was his oldest brother. Everett's son was Harvey. Harvey died in a car accident in the Dominican Republic, March 30, 1963, while serving in the Peace Corps. His only sibling is Dorothy Pearle Hartley Burlingame (on Facebook). Harvey was about 9 years older than me.

At 1:53am on 3rd mo. 9, 2016, T. Vail Palmer, Jr. said…

Since he took over this year as head of Barclay Press, Eric Muhr has been sending out to a contact list a weekly email column titled "Long Story Short."

In this week's "Long Story Short," he included the following words:

"One of our ongoing projects is a study from T Vail Palmer on reading the Bible with empathy, a study whose first volume we hope to release later this year.
Copyright © 2016 Barclay Press, All rights reserved."

At 6:15pm on 12th mo. 11, 2015, Keith Saylor said…

Hello William,

You may have been aware of this, however, just in case you were not I thought you might find it of interest. 

SITE OF FIRST QUAKER MEETING IN CAYUGA COUNTY DEMOLISHED

Historic Ledyard home demolished, site of Cayuga County's first Quaker meeting.

At 6:03pm on 7th mo. 27, 2015, Don Badgley said…

The New Your Yearly Meeting website is NYYM.org

At 6:02pm on 7th mo. 27, 2015, Don Badgley said…

Friends,

My keynote message will be posted on the Yearly Meeting website by week's end.  I can send it directly if you wish.  Just ask at don51249@aol.com.  Thanks for the interest.

At 1:34am on 4th mo. 1, 2015, Christopher Willis said…

Hi!  Thank you for the welcome!  I am a birthright Quaker but strayed as a young man, probably because of my age and some of the new age influences of my parents generation.  I am searching to be better, but more feel a drive to become more active, rather than passive believer.  I am seeking an outlet, perhaps through some sort of developing world "missionary" works.

Thank you

 
 
 

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"The paper I just posted revises one I wrote 20 years ago.  I would like to add one more…"
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Recapturing Initiative for Conservative Friends

I have been involved with Conservative Friends, sometimes more and sometimes less, for 50 years. …See More
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Marcia P Roberts commented on Marcia P Roberts's blog post 'No respector of persons'
"William, Keith: Thank you for your words, which strengthen me and comfort me in this struggle. In…"
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