QuakerQuaker's Blog – 7th mo. 2010 Archive (45)

Danny Coleman: The [jailhouse] pod

Danny Coleman: The [jailhouse] pod. 'When I had prayed in the car before coming into the jail, I had prayed for peace. Now, here in this glass room with these men, I feel it. Some of the men had been initially agitated but gradually have calmed.... The little glass room has become a momentary oasis of tranquility-—as peaceful as a cathedral.'…



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Added by QuakerQuaker on 7th mo. 31, 2010 at 6:08pm — No Comments

Gem: Differences in income between Friends

Gem: Differences in income between Friends. Understanding how to share our resources (fiscal and otherwise) is incredibly important as we attempt to live into our testimonies. It is also important because until we can actually begin to face and work on our own problems we have little moral authority to speak with others about theirs.…



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Added by QuakerQuaker on 7th mo. 31, 2010 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Johan Maurer: Quaker Baptism and Social Safety

Johan Maurer: Quaker Baptism and Social Safety. To risk oversimplifying, it's as if 375 years ago in Great Britain, Friends bore social risks by not being outwardly baptized upon making a Christian commitment; now these new believers are running a social risk by being baptized upon making that same kind of commitment. I haven't asked whether water baptism is being presented to these new Friends as a… Continue

Added by QuakerQuaker on 7th mo. 29, 2010 at 8:50pm — 2 Comments

Journey to Peace Gem reflects on life so far

Journey to Peace Gem reflects on life so far. My personal goal, above all else is to seek unity with God. Striving for that goal often takes great courage. It means saying "yes" to the leadings of the Spirit even when I think that the work is too difficult or when I am afraid. It means speaking out when I see injustice and opening my arms in love to embrace the wounded.…



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Added by QuakerQuaker on 7th mo. 28, 2010 at 4:30am — No Comments

Angelina Conti on the Quaker youth book and cross-branch work

Angelina Conti on the Quaker youth book and cross-branch work. From my work on the youth book I’ve developed a rough toolkit for cross-branch and cross-cultural work which I think is applicable outside the Quaker world. It’s a work in progress, but here are the tools more or less in order: Prepare and educate yourself in order to cultivate cultural sensitivity; cultivate your own… Continue

Added by QuakerQuaker on 7th mo. 28, 2010 at 4:14am — No Comments

Liz Opp: Reading "Fit for freedom, not for friendship"

Liz Opp: Reading Fit for freedom, not for friendship. This book is not just about debunking "the myth of racial justice." It's also about allowing God to transform the book's readers by way of seeing how Friends from earlier times either turned from the Light or heeded it.



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Added by QuakerQuaker on 7th mo. 28, 2010 at 1:57am — No Comments

Peggy Parsons: Miracles

Peggy Parsons: Miracles. I know something new about miracles today. A miracle is 50% capacity and 50% courage. You say you believe and then God calls your bluff. Jesus walks among us and we call his name or reach for the hem of his garment or he sees us in our helpless need and is moved by compassion.



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Added by QuakerQuaker on 7th mo. 26, 2010 at 4:00pm — No Comments

John Edminster: Who Are We? and Tension in Minutes

John Edminster: Who Are We? and Tension in Minutes. Clarity as to what was wrong with the minute dawned on me slowly, and I think it comes down to this: the committee that proposed it had started with a question, “who are we?” that could be taken as either a deep, “philosophical” one about our essential nature, or a sociological one about inclusivity and our decision-making processes – or both... Are we Quakers a… Continue

Added by QuakerQuaker on 7th mo. 25, 2010 at 7:08pm — No Comments

Gordon Ferguson: Who We Are and What We Do

Gordon Ferguson: Who We Are and What We Do. Buried in the linear propositional logic of the 'management speak' of this document is, I believe, an attempt to evolve the relationship between 'Who We Are' and 'What We Do'. It is at the heart of our identity as Quakers. For we are not just a religious group, silently contemplating the nature of reality, nor are we just a society campaigning… Continue

Added by QuakerQuaker on 7th mo. 23, 2010 at 11:19pm — No Comments

Daniel Wilcox: The Paradox of Truth

Daniel Wilcox: The Paradox of Truth. As appealing as the universalism of the Good News is—For God so loved the world; God sent not his son into condemn the world John 3:16-17—of what use is it to tell everyone that all people are saved, if we don’t help each individual change? For in fact, at this very moment millions of particular individuals are living in minor or major hells on earth… Continue

Added by QuakerQuaker on 7th mo. 23, 2010 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Ganeida describes unprogrammed Friends worship

Ganeida describes unprogrammed Friends worship. How, I can hear you all asking, can you worship together when there is no set program that everyone is following? No songs to sing? No prayers all will pray together?..Silent worship is a discipline. Well, it should be. There is a rythmn to it just as there is a rythmn to the Catholic liturgy or a Baptist gathering or Charismatic worship. Times aren't set… Continue

Added by QuakerQuaker on 7th mo. 23, 2010 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

Marriage Advice from Barrow Cadbury 1933

Marriage Advice from Barrow Cadbury 1933 via Wess Daniels. The wider your interests outside your regular occupation, the more companionship you will enjoy together, and the happier and more fruitful life will be. After all, if two people are going to live together for thirty, forty, or sixty years they must have interesting things to talk about, or they will get cruelly on one… Continue

Added by QuakerQuaker on 7th mo. 23, 2010 at 9:00am — No Comments

Aimee McAdams on writing the epistle for the Wichita YAF Gathering

Aimee McAdams on writing the epistle for the Wichita YAF Gathering (Friends Journal). I wrote in my journal: 
“Lord we have finished the epistle. There are parts I like. There are parts I wish were cleaner. I do not know if everyone will feel in unity with it. I hope and pray that Friends will feel the truth and meaning and spirit behind the words. I pray that we are open to receiving… Continue

Added by QuakerQuaker on 7th mo. 21, 2010 at 12:59pm — No Comments

Greg Woods: Transformative Experiences

Greg Woods: Transformative Experiences. This year, at the annual Friends General Conference Gathering I noticed a theme of personal transformation in the three evening plenaries. I started to reflect on the transformations I have experienced in my life, especially a transformation that led me to become a follower of Jesus in the last couple years. As I reflect on this experience, I… Continue

Added by QuakerQuaker on 7th mo. 20, 2010 at 4:54pm — No Comments

Tony Lowe: What Ifs, and trusting the Spirit Instead of Ourselves

Tony Lowe: What Ifs, and trusting the Spirit Instead of Ourselves. When I look at the history of the Society of Friends, I am always bothered by the great What If. What if Friends in 1827 had said ok, we have two somewhat different understandings of the basis of Quaker spirituality, so let’s find a way to continue to work together so that our witness to the Kingdom of God… Continue

Added by QuakerQuaker on 7th mo. 19, 2010 at 10:12pm — 1 Comment

Colin Saxton: Christian Quakers

Colin Saxton: Christian Quakers. One of the compelling questions is, “What does it mean to be the Friends of Jesus in the 21st century?” Friends are often hesitant to talk about a communal spirituality. Historically, we’re nervous about too much emphasis on what we believe together and how we are to live together. When we’re concrete at all about our faith…

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Added by QuakerQuaker on 7th mo. 19, 2010 at 8:00pm — 1 Comment

Johan Maurer: Who Owns the Quaker Brand?

Johan Maurer: Who Owns the Quaker Brand?. In Britain, many Friends describe themselves as non-Christian or post-Christian, and the yearly meeting as a whole requires no explicit Christian commitment for membership. "In fact, you don't actually have to believe in God to be a Quaker." On the other hand, most members of the worldwide Quaker family would not recognize themselves in a British description of… Continue

Added by QuakerQuaker on 7th mo. 18, 2010 at 9:08pm — 11 Comments

Emerging Diane: More questions if all Religions are the Same

Emerging Diane: More questions if all Religions are the Same. While I believe one can be a hyphenated universalist (and I am, in the traditional 17th century Quaker sense, a Christian-universalist), I think it is difficult to be a stand-alone Universalist, because, whether you mean to or not, that can easily slide into the false-for-a-human God position: "Yes, I am the parent and… Continue

Added by QuakerQuaker on 7th mo. 18, 2010 at 8:46pm — 1 Comment

Joanna H: Looking into the Darkness

Joanna H: Looking into the Darkness. I’ve been thinking lately about the benefits and dangers of talking about what’s wrong, broken, evil, as well as what is good. Pamela Haines’ Friends Journal article on good and evil was one reminder that I needed to consider this. Another was a collaboration with a Friend whom I admire and who is inclined to focus on the positive, to divide things… Continue

Added by QuakerQuaker on 7th mo. 18, 2010 at 8:30pm — No Comments

NYTimes: Pleas Evolve for Conscientious Objector Status

NYTimes: Pleas Evolve for Conscientious Objector StatusFor Ms. McNeil, a Quaker lawyer committed to helping anyone with valid legal grounds get out of the military, the call presented a legal and personal conundrum — and a possible unintended consequence of a repeal of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.



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Added by QuakerQuaker on 7th mo. 17, 2010 at 7:45pm — No Comments

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