Time to switch QuakerQuaker: I think it’s time to move QuakerQuaker.org over to the new site. I first talked about this last fall in “Big Changes Coming.” The new site is not necessarily ready but this has always been a website’s that’s about experimentation and evolution. It will change and grow
Some of the things I wanted to do won’t happen. Most frustratingly, the old website won’t export very well. The Ning platform we’re moving from is too inconsistent (just one more symptom of a web service that long ago went to seed). I have a less-integrated backup that I will try to provide. In the meantime, I’d like everyone to try this new site and give feedback in the comments below. If some of you could also help one more time with funding the transition, that would be helpful; the Paypal’s about $30 short. You can use the PaypalMe account to help out.
–Martin for QuakerQuaker
Why didn’t early Quakers celebrate Christmas?
In these questions is found the substance of the Quaker disapproval of not just celebrating Christmas, but all holidays.
A Closer Walk with Gandhi
As I walked down that raucous street afterwards, Gandhi taught me something about being Quaker. I was in my earlier 20’s. Until that time going to Meeting was something which I did on Sunday.
Quakers Welcome Spiritual Seekers
In the spirit of the beginning of a new year, I created a new Facebook group, Quakers Welcome Spiritual Seekers, https://www.facebook.com/groups/228282177624944/ I created links to the main sources of information I know of related to introduction to Quakers, where to find Quakers, and Quaker organizations.
That of God in Donald Trump
So. Assuming that Donald Trump has that “principle of God in him” (Fox), we must thresh out that chaff in our own hearts and souls before we can answer whatever that principle is in him. This means prophetic speech that has no hate in it or even disrespect, but only the power, the Spirit, of Love and Truth.
Preparing for a Trumpian Administration
Brent Bill: The question for many of us today is how to respond. How to act. We could give into despair. We could retreat into inaction in word and deed. We could remain silent; safe in our quiet Quaker congregations of mostly middle-class whiteness. I know I could. So I’ve been thinking a lot about what my call is during this time – and perhaps the next almost a decade. I’m starting with three things.
Gordon Ferguson revisits John Macmurray
In January 1932, the Quaker philosopher John Macmurray broadcast a series of talks on the BBC. What would become known as the Great Depression was biting hard and unemployment and poverty were on the rise, whilst in Europe Mussolini was in power in Italy and Adolf Hitler would grab power in Germany in the next few months.
The Challenge of the Manger
That isn’t to say the Nativity stories don’t reveal important dimensions of the Gospel. For Friends, this is indeed the first Quaker story, a narrative in which we glance our own reflection. Our Peace Testimony permeates the nativity in Luke and Matthew. When Friends campaign against war and injustice the divine declaration given to the Shepherds is brought to life again.
Making a testimony happen
New England Yearly Meeting has asserted two testimonies recently, and I am watching with keen interest how we go about accepting the challenge we’ve given ourselves. We sometimes forget all the tools Friends have used to make this happen. We have used these tools for centuries. They are the ways Friends teach, learn, experiment, and realize a testimony (in the sense of “make it real”).