Can we undo racism among Friends?
Clark Reddy calls for transformation on the AFSC blog:
The deeply rooted, structural racism in our Quaker communities is blocking out the Light! We have limited our access to Truth, and our ability to speak it! How do we make this transformation?
On Writing from a Spiritual Center
Cat Chapin-Bishop shares her writing process:
At some point, though, the path becomes clear: a circle leading back again to my starting place, that moment of clarity that snagged my spirit to begin with. The shape of an ending suggests itself, and I sketch it out
From Quaker gatherings to ecumenical witness
Christopher Hatton reflects on a journey:
I like ecumenical work and my involvement with Christian Peacemakers Teams since 2007 is ecumenical, I like the form of Christianity practiced amongst us. We are (a) living church, with plenty of faith-grounded witness and regular worship which I have also enjoyed occasionally leading.
A child’s take on the Trinity
Nancy Thomas shares her grandson’s confusion about a lesson on the Trinity and its insights for us all:
Reilly had apparently used six-year-old logic to come up with the names of the Trinity. The Father and Son were concepts he could at least relate to, and he knew their names: God and Jesus. But Spirit is a more elusive concept for a child…
Do we confuse our inner experience with the Inward Light?
Mike Shell explores if we all have access to the “measure of the Light”:
For [Quaker founder] George Fox there is but one sacred whole. All individuals have the potential to test their habits of faith and practice against this reality and to be corrected and taught by it. Our “inner experience” is the finite and fallible effort of human consciousness to pay attention to and understand this reality.
Being Restored Through a Differently-Abled Christ
Gregg Woods compares the story of Thomas with his own:
Ascribing disabilities as sins is largely due to misinterpretations relating to passages in the Gospel where Jesus seemingly cures people of their ailments, of their disabilities. Instead, I see Jesus’ witness in the Gospels as more about restoring outcasts to their communities, not about healing.
Is talking about “Light” too impersonal?
John Gibbs reflects on an “Experiment with Light” workshop:
In the portrayal of this ‘Experiment’ in meditation, we were provided with the concept of Light, but there seems to be a diversity of understanding with this. Some thought of God when using it. But if the Light was our God, do we worship Light? Light, sometimes referred to as ‘it’, seems to me to be somewhat impersonal.
From Moscow Friends to the worldwide Quaker family
Quakers in Moscow write again about escalating tensions:
This is not just a statement to the world, it’s a statement to ourselves as well. (I’m now speaking personally.) We have been constantly tempted to fog our spiritual telescope with political observations. I’m glad we have taken the time to remind ourselves of first principles.