Vietnam Stories: Alternative service proves gratifying

Vietnam Stories: Alternative service proves gratifying

My choice “to protest the Vietnam war” in this fashion was respected and never questioned by the people I worked for and with. My experiences there greatly influenced my later tenure as a teacher, providing me with patience, insight and compassion for an individual’s particular circumstances.

Running a festival booth

Running a festival booth

Try to be warm and inviting. And when I say “inviting,” I mean literally say things like “we’d love to see you next Sunday at 11” or “I hope to see you tomorrow at 10.” Invite them explicitly.

A Sense of Belonging

A Sense of Belonging

The thing is, having fun together—especially fun that includes children, teens, young adults, middle-aged adults, and senior citizens—brings a community together in ways that nothing else does. For many people, social time is where trust-building happens.

Kenyan Quaker Leaders Make National News

Kenyan Quaker Leaders Make National News

From Friends United Meeting: “The recent statement issued by Kenyan Quaker leaders—calling into question the hostile rhetoric being used by both of Kenya’s national leaders and asking for restraint in politicking and language—was featured in Kenya’s national news.”

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Labels, part two: conservatives

Labels, part two: conservatives

So the perennial challenge from the radicals or progressives is not necessarily that the conservatives’ ideals or theology are wrong; it is that they are not applied thoroughly enough. The progressives should keep challenging the conservatives’ resistance to change, helping the community to discern when that resistance stops being prudent and becomes subverted by clan or class interests.

Will They Come Back?

Will They Come Back?

But it is possible for us, as Quakers, to get in the way of someone coming back. There are ways in which we can be stumbling blocks, and there are ways in which we can greet seekers and offer the warmth and support they need to be able to come back—if it’s right for them.

Charlottesville Quakers and the Ongoing Stand against White Nationalists

Charlottesville Quakers and the Ongoing Stand against White Nationalists

I felt afraid the entire time, afraid in the same streets where I go shopping with friends or walk with my wife after a satisfying dinner. As a Quaker of Jewish descent, I found the anti-Semitism of the new white nationalism particularly threatening. Their shouts demanded Jews leave the country; they threatened to burn down the synagogue in town and derided one of my friends who happened to walk nearby for having a Jewish appearance.

Delusion, Quaker Worship, & Spiritual Life

Delusion, Quaker Worship, & Spiritual Life

That mindset of openness to sobering, even painful revelation is at the heart of silent Quaker worship: the turning of bare attention, without denial or rationalization, to whatever appears as I am searched by the light that was in Jesus. Silent worship leads me into a living awareness of my delusions, beginning with that of believing that I have none. The experience of worship destabilizes my sense of self — which, after all, is grounded in the delusion of autonomy, substance, persistence, presence. In that disruption, that break in the void, spiritual life may take root.

New Worldwide Quaker Census Released

New Worldwide Quaker Census Released

In the Americas, the USA and Bolivia posted gains, adding roughly 4,000 and 6,000 Quakers, respectively. There are just over 80,000 Quakers in the USA, according to the release. The United Kingdom saw its Quaker population jump nearly 50%, rising from 15,800 to just over 23,000. Overall, the Europe & Middle East section had the strongest regional growth, led by the U.K.