James Tower on Christ as Seed and Inner Light
Contemporary Liberal Friends often no longer connect their conception of “the Light” to its earliest understanding of the Light of Christ, while Evangelical Friends have largely dropped this terminology in a reaction against the Universalist meaning held by many who do use it today
19th century Quaker dildos. Seriously.
On Nantucket, 80-year-old Connie Congdon and I sat in her dim living room looking at the 120-year-old plaster dildo that a mason had found in her chimney.
Barclay Press names new publisher: Eric Muhr!
The longtime blogger will replace longtime publisher Dan McCracken:
“Evangelical Friends have a story that the larger Church needs to hear,” Eric wrote. “And each of us evangelical Friends has our own story, experiences that – when shared – connect people to Christ, to us and to each other. Barclay Press has weathered nearly six decades of change, sharing these stories. The story of Barclay Press, the stories we’ve been given to share – they still matter.”
Wess Daniels on three roots of community
Those who were the most helpful during that crisis, were the people who showed up. Those who came and sat with us. Brought the ministry of cookies and casseroles. They offered no grand theories. No trite explanations. What they offered were silent bodies, sitting in prayerful support.
Mike Farley on simplicity and aging
Simplicity, though, is perhaps one of the Quaker testimonies that seem more easily to open up to us as we grow older. I don’t quite know why that should be.
Quaker Journals, Past and Present
On Reddit, questions about modern and classic Quaker journal keeping
“God” is no Substitute for Strategy
Micah Bales on the fine line between being organization vs Spirit-led:
This tendency against advance planning and rational thought has been so intense in the Quaker community that many old-time Quakers referred to the Devil as the Reasoner.
Dr. Sa’ed Atshan: Teaching tolerance, promoting peace
The Philadelphia Gay News profiles a Friend and graduate of the Ramallah Friends School:
I didn’t have a conventional coming-of-age there because I got to go to the Ramallah School, which emphasized non-violence and social justice and the light of God in every human being. It was also very rigorous academically. It allowed me to escape from a quite-harsh reality and gave me hope and promise for a future.
Who are we ready to kick off the Quaker island?
Brandon Baker has heard “they aren’t really Quakers” a few too many times:
“Oh, where do you attend meeting?” I smiled and replied that I attended a local programmed meeting of Friends down the street. She very quickly said, “Oh. Well I’m a re- … and I attend an unprogrammed Quaker meeting.” She turned a little pink and turned back to her daughter, ending the conversation. The word she managed to catch before completing it was: real. Her initial reaction was to see herself, and the Friends she associated with, as “real Quakers.” I remember being tickled by the idea that I might be, by implication, a “fake Quaker” or “false Friend” or maybe even a “poser Quaker.
Bayard Rustin in Life Magazine
Wess Daniels looks at a 1963 profile of the organizers of the March on Washington:
In reading more about Rustin’s life, I am intrigued by the ways he as a Quaker maneuvered both a racist and homophobic society, while remaining very politically active.