Do Quakers hide behind a wall of silence?
Anthony Manousos on the hurt of dead silence:
After wards, I began to question my Quaker faith and practice. Are we Quakers creating walls of silence separating ourselves from our feelings and each other? Do we hide behind a facade of spirituality? Are we just pretending or are we for real about being friends? What is preventing us from acting like human beings?
Coercive Christianity and transparent contradictions
From Johan Maurer: Our difficult discussions undermine any pretense that we can impose a single model of Quaker holiness on our children and newcomers. Our various models of discipleship are formed in conversation, debate, even conflict, but at the same time they are also formed in something approaching transparency, and in love.
Leaving an empty chair for the other teacher
The Jolly Quaker remembers the other teacher in Quaker workshops: Whether I feel a session goes well or falls flat, the empty chair reminds me that there’s a greater Teacher already at work in the participants. ‘That of God’ in them has something to teach me, and I will be blessed by the ‘witness of God in them’
Pressed by green activists Peco launches solar “collaborative”
The Philadelphia utility, which has been the target of protests organized by the Earth Quaker Action Team to support solar projects in impoverished neighborhoods, said the collaborative would explore ways to expand the use of solar power.
Resources on Plain dress & clothing choices for First Day School?
Reddit discussion on how to talk about plain dress to children in First-day school
The Future of Quakerism Belongs to Kenya
A provocative article from a freelance journalist: The face and center of power of Quakerism is migrating south, and rifts of this kind are making some Kenyan Quakers rethink their ties to the West. “The biggest question mark I see is whether [Kenyan Quakers] will want to move into full independence,” says Thomas Hamm, professor of Quaker studies at Earlham College in Indiana.
The Gift of Scriptures from Patricia Dallmann
New to blogs, Patricia’s first post is on the role of the Bible to Friends: The early Quaker community, unified and ordered under Christ their head, was guided and empowered to do this same work of convincing others. Their mission – above all else – was to publish the Truth to the world. What is our mission today? Our mission is the same – to preach the Gospel; to present the power of God to grieving, doubting Thomases and Marys…
The Foundation of our Testimonies
Steven Davison breaks down the history of one of our most iconic modernday catch phrases:
So the belief in that of God in everyone has nothing to do with the traditional Quaker testimonies… . Except that now it does, by virtue of having been embedded that way in the religious worldview of an awful lot of Friends. Never mind that this is a misreading of the phrase. Never mind that this usage tends to point us outward toward a theological notion, rather than inward toward the source of Truth
Revealed! What Really Happens in Quaker Meeting for Worship
Peterson Toscano lets the secret out of the bag:
No doubt some of the times I am bored out of my mind and every minute drags on, but typically it is a positive experience. I decided to create a short video explaining what happens for me in Quaker worship. It is actually very much like running a utility on my computer. Yes, a defrag from my soul!