Epistle to the United Methodist Church
New England Friends write an open letter to Methodists struggling with controversy:
In recent years our own congregations have wrestled alongside the wider Church with how we might together find right relationship among gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer and straight members of our communities. The road has not been easy for any of us.
WW1 conscientious objector graffiti at Richmond Castle to be preserved
As reported by the BBC: Sunderland centre-forward Norman Gaudie, a Quaker, was one of the men held at Richmond Castle before being shipped to France to face court-martial and the threat of firing squad.
Political discipleship today
Johan Maurer with suggestions for keeping spiritual sanity in the election season:
My daily ration of Internet traffic is full of dire warnings that a Trump presidency would be a national and international disaster. Bitter exchanges between nobody-but-Sanders advocates and “get real! Vote for Clinton to avoid Trump” campaigners are another major feature of the season. Here are some reflections and suggestions on behalf of spiritual and political sanity between now and the general election.
Blocking and Quakerism as a “No” Tradition
Wess Daniels on a problem in Quaker process: It is easy to be comfortable with the status quo and I have seen our unwillingness to respond quickly to the moment, act in ad hoc ways, and be decisive around decisions as being chalked up to “we need to honor process?” But this can easily move into blocking territory. Afterall, Quakerism is itself a lot like improv in that it is a tradition that calls for paying attention in the moment, being obedient when one is led and stresses the immediacy of the Holy Spirit.
Be Patterns and Examples and Answer that of God in Everyone
Stuart Masters reinterprets the 1656 George Fox epistle that gave us one of our modern Quaker talking points: To understand what Fox is trying to communicate with these words, it is important to place them within the context of the whole letter. In this blog post, I have produced a modern English paraphrase of the epistle which is set out below followed by the original text.
Christian Earth Stewardship—A Dead End
Steven Davison described changing his mind on a theological position: I spent years studying the gospels, trying not to force some revelation, but to read them in the spirit in which they were written, waiting to see what G*d would reveal, following the openings that G*d gifted me with. I did not find an earthcare message in Jesus’ gospel; it’s just not there.
Thoughts (and excuses) about my church attendance
Hye Sung Francis admits his meeting attendance rate isn’t good: Perhaps my idealism sets me up for such disappointment, and perhaps this decision reveals the individualistic nature of my “millennial” faith, and maybe that’s all true. What I know for certain is that church, as I’ve experienced it, is unhelpful to me.