Dana Kester-McCabe on complexity
The complexities of simplicity:
Being present and accountable for my actions is what counts, not any reward later. I do not feel I am owed some special future in this life or the next, if there is a next life. My beliefs compel me to behave for goodness’ own sake.
Brent Bill: Not Just for the Young and Hip…
Brent Bill pushes back against claim that “slow church” need to be young and hip
We are called to create deep communities rooted in worship and living out “faith and practice,” as we Quakers say.
Steven Davison on Pastoral Care
Davison looks at how meeting volunteers can support members:
But pastoral problems often are—well, usually are—complex and hard to deal with. They often feel bigger than our meager knowledge or skills or gifts.
Jim Wilson responds to recent Quaker mystic post
Does mysticism have a value of its own?
What the activist does not comprehend about the mystic is that, for the mystic, interior prayer, gathered silence, is the leading, is the purpose, and is sufficient unto itself. The mystic does not view these engagements as tools, or add-ons, for a political purpose.
AJ Mendoza: World Vision & LGBT Grief
A gay Evangelical Quaker processes World Vision’s decision (and then reversal) to welcome the service of LGBT people, and the reactions of the Evangelical community.
Stewart Masters: ‘G’ is for Good and Evil
Stewart Masters looks at how early Friends handled the classic religious dilemma:
They were extremely realistic about the pervasive presence of evil in the world and the darkness of the fallen human condition but at the same time steadfastly optimistic about the essential goodness of creation
Rachel Muers — marriage equality in the UK
The directions of God’s ordering activity – towards peace and mutual love, towards free and joyful worship, towards self-giving life together as “helps-meet in the image of God” – could and should be learned from scripture and from past experience…
FGC launches New Meetings Project website
Site includes free downloadable resources, stories of new meetings, information requesting a mentoring teams, and other things that you’ll find helpful as you follow your leading to start a new Quaker meeting or worship group
Madeline Schaefer: Active mystics
Schaefer wonders if the perceived cultural divide between “activist” and “mystic” Friends is overrated:
Perhaps Quakers have been unable to connect with communities working for grassroots change because we, as Quakers, have not yet learned how to ease the tension between mystics and activists within our own Quaker communities.
Wess Daniels: Death By Bread & Clothes Alone
Jesus is trying to break the cycle of getting caught up in trying to secure our identities in external things. To realize that there is no shame in who you are is freeing.