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Kevin Camp When Worship Turns Sour

Every Meeting for Worship has its own character. Some are more silent than vocal, others more vocal than silent. I've been present for both iterations. Due to a divorce, I've been forced to relocate back home. I arrived around six months ago and believed I was assimilating well until today. I attend the Meeting where I first found the faith and was convinced,…

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Added by Kevin Camp on 8th mo. 6, 2017 at 6:30pm — 1 Comment

Kevin Camp Do Quakers Believe in Heaven?

"Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. There is more than enough room in my Father's home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? When everything is ready, I will come and get…

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Kevin Camp Do Quakers Believe in Heaven?

"Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. There is more than enough room in my Father's home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? When everything is ready, I will come and get…

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Kevin Camp God Wills It: A Reevalution





Previously seated in my kitchen, I was brought to my feet, feeling handcuffs snap tightly around my left wrist. It was clear where I was headed, but it wasn't to jail. A petition had been put out on me, and…

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Added by Kevin Camp on 6th mo. 28, 2017 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Kevin Camp Why Quakers Revere Silence: An Answer in Part

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Kevin Camp A Resurgence of Hope in Trump's America

Written originally for a Non-Quaker audience.

We as Americans are divided along political and ideological lines, surely, but what gets less attention is how divided we are along moral lines. Though I write as a person of faith, we are not yet so divorced from the notion of basic upright precepts that we no longer have any shared definitions of…

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Added by Kevin Camp on 12th mo. 3, 2016 at 10:08am — No Comments

Kevin Camp Grief Counseling for In-Laws

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.-Isaiah 41:10

The above verse is enclosed more for my partner and her family than myself. My regular readers have recognized I've taken an extended break from writing. This is due to a death in…

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Added by Kevin Camp on 10th mo. 17, 2016 at 12:11pm — No Comments

Kevin Camp How It Should Have Gone (The Proper Way to Resolve Concerns)

I write again about the best way a contentious situation in a Meeting might be resolved. It's easier to use myself as an example. Below is one way that Meeting concerns might best be resolved, concerns best put aside as responsibly as possible, with a minimum of hurt feelings and confusion. To wit, it has become known to me that my old Meeting for Worship has…

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Added by Kevin Camp on 9th mo. 2, 2016 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Kevin Camp Is Donald Trump the Anti-Christ? (No, really)

Donald Trump is many things to many people, most of them rotten to the core. Thinking people rightly see him as a threat to Democracy and basic decency. But you don't have to go to college or be highly educated to see the threat present in his ascent. I see an electorate that is underwhelmed and even discouraged by the major party candidates, but when it…

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Added by Kevin Camp on 8th mo. 5, 2016 at 12:49pm — No Comments

Kevin Camp Keeping the Faith When Dialogue Is Difficult

Some years back, the committee of which I was clerk decided to Elder a Friend for sharing vocal ministry too frequently. As long-term readers may recall, I aimed to deal as fairly with him as I could, but he took immediate offense and never returned to Meeting again. I wanted to open a free-flowing dialogue based on mutual respect, but he was content to take…

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Added by Kevin Camp on 7th mo. 25, 2016 at 9:00am — No Comments

Kevin Camp Being Good Is Not Enough

My partner’s mother hails from conservative small town Texas. Now pushing seventy, I’ve heard her tell the same story on numerous occasions. It must have left quite a lasting impression, as I hear it every time I’m visiting family during the holidays. The latest retelling is always delivered with a kind of amused pity. She relates to the…

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Added by Kevin Camp on 4th mo. 25, 2016 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Kevin Camp A Spirited Defense of the Pastoral System

For the sake of full disclosure and complete transparency, let me state for the record my religious past. I was raised, baptized, and confirmed a United Methodist. At the age of seventeen, well into teenage rebellion, I became a heathen Unitarian Universalist. This lasted for eight years, whereupon I dramatically renounced UUism and returned again to my…

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Added by Kevin Camp on 4th mo. 8, 2016 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Kevin Camp Be Cautious with Revolutions

A study of the past shows that times of great societal reform often come only from armed combat. This is a disquieting thought to those who espouse non-violence and peaceful reconciliation. The English Civil War led directly to the formation of the Religious Society of Friends. The Puritan Revolution, it is sometimes termed, was a grand and dramatic epoch where, as…

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Added by Kevin Camp on 3rd mo. 14, 2016 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Kevin Camp Community: or Why You Should Quit Your Day Job

10 I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought. 11 My brothers and sisters, some from Chloe’s household have informed me that there are…

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Added by Kevin Camp on 2nd mo. 24, 2016 at 11:30am — No Comments

Kevin Camp Why We Can't Hide Behind Our Words

At the last stop along my religious journey, I was summoned to meet with the clerk of the Meeting and the alternate clerk. The reason was never expressed until I arrived, and I have to admit that it felt a little like I was being sent to the principal’s office. After I sat down and listened to the argument presented me, I was instructed to not make written…

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Added by Kevin Camp on 1st mo. 29, 2016 at 10:00am — No Comments

Kevin Camp The Ultimate Sacrifice

If we are followers of Jesus, are we willing to emulate our Lord at the expense of our very well-being, our health? We know of Christians who are persecuted daily in far flung lands. We know of Friends who were jailed and even killed for their religious daring. Our faith reminds us of the sacrifices of our forefathers and foremothers who dared to spread a…

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Added by Kevin Camp on 1st mo. 20, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments

Kevin Camp Is Religion Motivated by Guilt Trip?

The cynic rejects organized religion because of the perceived damage it creates to the believer. The atheist believes in no higher power, no higher authority. The atheist may observe nothing, but the cynic observes everything.

Certain biblical narratives in the life of Jesus could be said to invoke guilt to enforce belief. Matthew 23 speaks harshly to…

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Added by Kevin Camp on 1st mo. 10, 2016 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Kevin Camp When It's Time to Change Meetings/Churches

I'm not out in this post to air any personal grievances. A Friend told me, in more profane terms, that there are a certain amount of cares one can give about any contentious subject. There comes a time in every person's life where change is necessary, even changing houses of worship. I'm keeping this post simple and short for now, but may expand its focus as…

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Added by Kevin Camp on 9th mo. 27, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments

Kevin Camp The Religious Ideal

If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, leave that home or town and shake the dust off your feet. Matthew 10:14

God never promises the perfect house of worship, city, and demographic makeup. Our own founder, George Fox, wandered for years in eternal search for those very things. My father's mother, the daughter…

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Added by Kevin Camp on 7th mo. 28, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments

Kevin Camp Mental Illness: To Tell or Not to Tell

I've heard a variety of conflicting opinions about sharing my mental illness within a Meeting. In the best case scenario, I am lifted up as a symbol of courage in the face of adversity. In the worst case scenario, I am pitied in a condescending sort of fashion. My perspectives are discounted and the only thing people can view about me is my illness. The same…

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Added by Kevin Camp on 7th mo. 18, 2015 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

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