Dorlan Bales: Disciple Making
Spiritual movements begin with a fiery desire to be true to the will of God, but cool to a more sustainable temperature after a few generations. It appears that 18th century Quakers created communities and practices suitable for the long haul. But Quakers, like all faith communities, need ongoing spiritual renewal if we are to be to be gathered in Christ and love our neighbors as Jesus taught us to do.
Gil George: Resident Aliens
A good midwife is attentive to the one giving birth, and we as spiritual midwives must be equally attentive to the Holy Spirit as we interact with those God has given us contact with.
Marcelle Martin: The Big Question
What do you know about what God is calling us to now, in our time? How is the Spirit calling you, your meeting, your community, the Religious Society of Friends, the human race? What are we asked to do, say, create, dismantle? How are we called to live? What must we sacrifice? To what are we called to give our energy, our attention, our resources, our love?
Stephen James: Christian Universalism and Friends
All this being said, I am a Christian Universalist and a Friend (okay, a regular attender). In my humble opinion, Christian Universalism and Quakerism complement each other well, and they both add a lot to my spiritual life. Quakerism holds that there is that of God in everyone, and Christian Universalism takes that a step further in stating that Christ will be victorious and save all.
Stuart Masters: Celestial Inhabitation
Early Quakerism was founded on a dramatic experience of Christ returning in Spirit to teach and transform his people so that they could say like the apostle Paul “It is no longer I who lives but Christ who live in me”
BBC News – The Minnesota starvation experiment
“I wanted to identify with the suffering in the world at that time,” he says. “I wanted to do something for society. I wanted to put myself in a little danger.”
Kevin Camp: God’s Measure of Success
Placing my trust in God means that I swallow my ego and temper my expectations. It requires surrender. What lies before me are the metrics of his plan, not mine. I seek to keep this in mind in difficult times when I crave even a crumb of good news.
Craig Barnett on Christian ‘Roots’
This understanding of Christian faith is not an intellectual commitment to a set of abstract propositions about the nature of the Trinity and the atonement, or beliefs about the creation of the world or the afterlife. It is a practical commitment to living in a way that is illuminated and guided by the inward spirit of Christ in daily life.
Iris Graville @irisgraville: Convinced to Tweet
Maybe I hadn’t quite learned to love social media by the time I was sitting in Kelly’s workshop, but I wasn’t worrying about it—until I read the first item on the handout: My Twitter Plan. I started to hyperventilate.
Johan Maurer: Is love a heavy cross?
So it is up to me to work on not trapping people in convenient classifications, the more so because I know what it feels like–both when it happens to me, and when I have done it myself.