Hye Sung Francis: What is my Quakerism?
“As somebody who was spiritually formed in the Charismatic Movement, I was attracted to the testimonies of early Quakerism’s charismatic tendencies, with the miracles in George Fox’s ministry (as well as other early ministers) and the powerful, and even at times ecstatic, experiences corporately experienced in Quaker meetings.”
Going beyond grumbling: the joy of the Quaker way
Steven Davison stops to share the “exquisite joys” of ministry and the gathered meeting: “The shadow side of this temperament is a tendency to go negative, even to stay negative; to get crusty, even nasty, when things don’t change; and to get arrogant and self-righteous. I can tend away from my joy in my religious life, forgetting how much Quakerism has given me in my grousing about its shortcomings.”
George Fox University prof terminated over LGBT equality
One George Fox shares C Wess Daniel’s letter:
I was offered my job back so long as I was willing to no longer speak publicly about the matter, of which I am not at all interested. I have no regrets about what I did and would do it again… I realize that my role in this is very small and peripheral and not about me at all. I know many of you have been dealing with this in far more damaging and personal ways for many years than I will ever be able to understand.
A conversation on religious wounding
The What Canst Thou Say newsletter is looking at ways Friends hurt one another:
To facilitate healing and moving on from ‘Religious Wounding’ among Friends, we at WCTS would to start a conversation. What have you experienced in Friends meetings? How were those situations managed? What do you suggest to heal these mostly unspoken issues in the Religious Society of Friends?
Unholy fashions among Friends?
Nancy Thomas visits with Conservative Friends:
Making a fashion statement is not the point. The testimony, as I understand it, is that we honor God in all we do, including how we dress. The values of simplicity and modesty apply here. I respect how these Friends choose to express this. I’ve tried to accommodate, somewhat successfully. At least, I haven’t felt judged.
After the Climate March, what?
David Millar looks at next steps for religious groups working on climate issues:
This does not mean giving up your spirituality and your present leadings. Every little bit counts, including personal transformation, habits of consumption, prayer, support for members of your Meeting, multifaith groups and listening projects… You may feel your bucket is full…ecojustice is now the container, the ‘bucket’ that unites all our concerns.
A Quaker’s Testimony of Integrity
A blogger named Joy writes about the irony of following the testimony of integrity:
[Sometimes it] also means refusing to place things other than God at the center of one’s life.
The spiritual/activist divide among Friends
Lynn Fitz-Hugh on two different types of Friends:
Growing up inside Quakerism I saw that Friends I knew fell easily into categories: the social justice Friends for whom that was always what motivated them and the spiritual Friends who gave beautiful ministry but seemed never to take social action. It is unfortunate that in modern day Quakerism that which was bound inextricably in early Quakerism is so easily divided.