Atlas Obscura on Benjamin Lay

Atlas Obscura on Benjamin Lay

During his life and after his death, many people, Rediker says, thought of Lay as deranged. “[Historians] thought he was not sane, and this was a very effective way of putting him at the margins.” Ableism, too, seems to have factored in this general unwillingness to take him seriously. But some of those in the abolitionist movement did feel the need to celebrate this “Quaker comet,” as he came to be known

Heaven and hell in Quaker preaching

Heaven and hell in Quaker preaching

But the query got me wondering: Is this lack of interest (or belief) in life after death and its nature a modern thing? A liberal thing? An American thing? Following my instinct on all such occasions to run ad fontes! (go to the sources! as we used to say in the Renaissance), decided to explore early Quaker attitudes.

Preparation for Ministry

Preparation for Ministry

Ministers hold to the awareness of their own ineptitude, first because it’s true, and second because they have come to know the promise fulfilled in them, that the real life and power does come from God. This daily cross, this mortification, is a necessary preamble to knowing God’s power and glory, just as Christ’s death and entombment preceded his resurrection to power and glory.

A Quaker Approach to Living with Dying

A Quaker Approach to Living with Dying

Friends reflected with her about her desire for integrity and living in alignment with the testimonies, her beliefs about an afterlife. She was afforded the opportunity, though her Quaker way of living, to proceed to a Quaker way of dying. One First Day, as we knew death was approaching, our meeting of about 80 Friends decided to meet in a hospital conference room for worship. About halfway into the worship hour, a Friend came downstairs to announce our Friend’s death. It was a gathered meeting. Our Friend died the way she had lived.

All bright thoughts and pure shall gather / Round that meek and suffering one

All bright thoughts and pure shall gather / Round that meek and suffering one

Ministers hold to the awareness of their own ineptitude, first because it’s true, and second because they have come to know the promise fulfilled in them, that the real life and power does come from God. This daily cross, this mortification, is a necessary preamble to knowing God’s power and glory, just as Christ’s death and entombment preceded his resurrection to power and glory.

The Parable of the Grain of Wheat

The Parable of the Grain of Wheat

Are there certain practices, disciplines or theological teachings that help make a person (or institution) more or less capable of letting go? Why is it that so many of us seeds, myself included, assume that to hang on at all costs is the way to life; that truth is static, rather than this dynamic life of death and resurrection that Jesus calls us to?

Are Quakers Going Extinct?

Are Quakers Going Extinct?

A Quaker looks at assisted dying

A Quaker looks at assisted dying

In the light of Dying Matters awareness week, some thoughts on death and Quakerism

In the light of Dying Matters awareness week, some thoughts on death and Quakerism