The Statement on the Orlando Shooting that I Need to Hear from Quakers | Things I Don’t Like
From Hel Staab: I need Quakers to tell me that they will not let me be killed because of my sexual orientation. I need my religion to stand up for me and my queer family. I need to hear that Quakers will no longer accept any excuse for discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation.
The peace testimony among Pacific Yearly Meeting Friends
Anthony Manousos shares some stories of hope and worry among Friends in his yearly meeting: Questions worth exploring: Why are Friends reluctant to turn to their Meeting for support when they have a concern for peace and justice? How can we encourage individual Friends to work together as a community for peace and justice, under the care of their Meeting and of the Spirit?
Update on North Carolina Yearly Meeting
Joshua Brown shares controversies that look to become division:
For many years the majority of Friends in North Carolina were determined not to separate, but more recently the arguments have become louder and (according to many witnesses) more hateful. Attendance at yearly meeting sessions has dropped as many Friends just decided to stay home.
The Convert Series: Rebecca Burley
An interview with an atheist Quaker: There’s so much value to be found in ritual; it can be very grounding and comforting. I tried out a few gay-affirming congregations, and I tried a couple of Unitarian Universalist churches, but the services felt really cheesy to me. My journey to Quakerism honestly started when I remembered reading The Witch of Blackbird Pond and figuring that if the Quakers were burned as witches, I would probably like them.
Why I need other folks to help me just breath
David McKay shares the why’s and how of his spiritual practice: What I found in Hauerwas was an articulation of what at that point was an unarticulated sense for me. That a church or a Quaker meeting was not simply a space where disconnected individuals came together to be themselves. Rather it was a place we came to be shaped by one another into something more than we were before.
The Light—A Short History
From Steven Davison: So as the 20th century progressed, the Inner Light became increasingly detached from Christ in (liberal) Quaker understanding, and it also became less and less about sin, about revealing sin and strengthening us against it. Instead, more and more we understood the Inner Light as a vehicle for mystical experience, spiritual guidance, and continuing revelation without any explicit connection to Christ.
The source of discernment?
From Patricia Dallmann: Friends claim that our deepest thoughts and noblest feelings are manifestations of the divine. If, however, we fail to discern the difference between the guiding spirit of God and the products of our own human spirit, we will be misled into an abbreviated and groundless understanding…