Recapturing the Eden we never lost
Amy Outlaw says the “Kin-dom” is already here:
But what then of human creativity? Are we not, as some have proclaimed, co-creators, with the Divine, of this realm, the new Eden? Are we not called, as many Quakers say, to build the Kingdom of Heaven on earth? Are we not building the realm of G!d on earth? Humans are, by our nature, creative. In fact, I would say that even more than language, it is our creativity, that defines us as human.
Do we misunderstand our own peace testimony?
Steven Davison on Jesus and the third way:
Most of the time, we explain our testimonies and back up our witness work by invoking our belief that there is that of God in everyone, especially in the case of the peace testimony. However, that belief is NOT the source of any of our testimonies. Furthermore, it misrepresents what the phrase originally meant to George Fox and I believe it even misunderstands what it’s intended to say.
Quaker ministry is like gardening
James Tower explains:
There is no pecking order in Quaker ministry: we are all called to ministry, whether that means preaching, working on a committee, or milking a dairy cow. I am just a ‘minister among ministers.’ The work is profoundly simple. What is needed is not always seminary trained ‘expertise’ (though that helps), but intentionality, presence, and willing hands.
The language of a New Lamb’s War
Steven Davison looks back at one of the Quaker metaphors that make many of us squirm today:
To be meaningful and effective today, Quaker witness must present a real and present danger to the evildoers of the world. Yet the threat must represent a Third Way—not the violence of the oppressor or the violence of the resister, but the emergence of the Truth, meaning a presentation of a truth that is not merely inconvenient but that makes you squirm under its Light.
Does worship require doubt?
Dan Coppock unpacks some Revelation:
If I’m laboring the metaphor it’s because I get so tired of the biblical ones being interpreted one way. But one message during worship did introduce doubt to the gathered meeting. And when it did, the worship fell into place for me and I could relax and open some doors. Worship requires a bit of doubt.
Liberal Friends: can we (should we) repent?
John Edminster from New York asks a question uncommon among modern liberal Friends:
Once we’ve undergone the thorough change of consciousness that constitutes repentance, rightly understood, it becomes an experienced fact that “all things work together for good to those who love God.” The question before Liberal Friends is, Will you repent?
2000 British Quakers to gather for annual sessions
A recent record number of British Friends will be gathered to discuss membership:
The theme of YMG is “what it means to be a Quaker today” focussing on what it means to be a Friend in membership and what it means for attenders who have chosen not to come into membership.
What if we take all the structure away?
Pen Wilcock on the seeds of peace and war:
Take away the hierarchy, the liturgy, the flower arrangements and the pews, stick with silence, no leadership, a bunch of wildflowers in a jam jar and chairs in a circle, and suddenly you have the seeds of peace.
There’s only 4 things you need to know about Quakers
According to the Huffington Post.
Even for those who do not feel compelled to connect to a higher power, the tradition of meeting for worship embodies several core Quaker beliefs that help Friends lead a mindful, connected and fulfilling life.