Gil George: No Such Thing as Faithful Disagreement
It has felt to me like everyone has an agenda and is unable to hear past that agenda. The sad thing to me is that these agendas match the political allegiances of the principality in which we live.
Cherice Bock on power in Quaker bodies
The difficult thing about Quakers and power is that power comes from the Spirit, and we are all woefully incapable of discerning that Spirit by ourselves, but we are also woefully capable of misidentifying the Spirit together. Discerning which is which is a slow and laborious process in which we must all give up our own power in order to paradoxically receive the Spirit’s power. This requires massive amounts of trust, personal humility, and willingness to be countercultural.
Zachary Dutton on dynamic membership
This, Friends, should be the nature of Quaker community, grounded simply in the sort of love that extends intimacy to all who enter its range of influence. When Friends worship with us for one day, one week, one month, one year, or many years, they should experience the same rhythm of celebration.
Steven Davison on nurturing the call to vocal ministry
It seems to me that Friends feel the call to vocal ministry with varying degrees of self-awareness. Some know they have been called. Some find themselves speaking fairly often, perhaps even along some theme, but don’t really know what to make of it or what to do with it, and end up dealing with it in the moment as they feel led to speak.
Hye Sung Francis’s reflections on Quaker revival
What will it take to usher in renewal into the Society of Friends? What does a revival that includes both Christian and non-Christian Friends look like? Is it possible?
When to speak in meeting?
Steven Davison on the discernment for speaking in worship: If I don’t quake and I have no other clear indicator, my default position is no—no ministry. And if I do quake, I still might not speak; it depends on … what?
Philly Quakers pioneered social enterprise.
Tony Abraham writes:The practice of making money while making a social impact is a business strategy largely thought to have originated on the brink of the 21st century with the rise of cleantech. But the seeds of social enterprise may have actually been sown in fertile Philadelphia soil two and half centuries ago.
Hye Sung Francis: The Grace of Liberal Friends
I long-denied that throughout Quakerism, throughout this whole Society, the impulses and convictions of the early Friends had been preserved. As this Liberal Friend spoke under the power of the Spirit, I came to realize how close-hearted and wrong I had been.
Where does vocal ministry come from?
From Steven Davison: Where does our vocal ministry come from? What do we think is happening when someone—when we ourselves—stand up to speak in meeting for worship?