Dismissed N.C. Quaker congregations are welcomed back
From the Greensboro newspaper:
Some members had argued that the procedural point was based on a misinterpretation of the Christian denomination’s Book of Discipline, which says that an individual cannot be a member of two congregations.
Would you last five minutes in silent worship?
Johan Maurer demystifies open worship:
Quaker silence isn’t meant to do violence to our personality, but to train us, to disciple us, into directing our efforts to life with God rather than ourselves at the center. In fact, that’s what we’re doing when we gather—learning (however gradually, imperfectly) to live with God at the center of our lives, and encouraging each other in that adventure.
Is intentional ambiguity built into Quaker process?
Nancy Thomas on waiting for clear path forward:
Quaker process, however you define it, seems to allow for slow movements and time to let the Spirit work. This may clash with the values of our surrounding culture, but so much of Quakerism does. Or speaking more broadly, many of the values of the whole kingdom of God clash with whatever culture we happen to swim around in.
Paul Ricketts: A reflection on Quakers, Christianity and racial justice
When struggles of racial politics leaves us wounded, do we continue on?
Quaker statements and attitudes are written in their hearts and ways of living. Unfortunately for many of us of color these attitudes and behaviors have left many scars and wounds.
johan Maurer: Human rights and prophets
It’s probably easiest for us to see unrighteousness in other people’s authorities and governments, but we’ve always had prophets who see past these categories.
Matt Hisrich on interfaith dialoge with non-believers
Any form of interfaith dialogue raises a host of questions, particularly for a “Christian seminary in the Quaker tradition,” as ESR describes itself. The idea of building bridges between theist and non-theist views takes this even a step further. If seeing “that of God” in every person was one way Friends advocated for equality across all of humanity, how do we continue to live into this testimony with integrity (for ourselves and respecting that of the other) when…
Craig Barnett: The death of Liberal Quakerism (and the birth of something new?)
I returned from the recent Kindlers conference at Woodbrooke with a sense that the Liberal Quakerism of the 20th Century has run out of steam, but that we may be in a period of transition to a new era of Quaker history, that as yet we don’t have a name for.
Turrell Skyspace, pairing light and space, set to open to the public — NewsWorks
Turrell’s interest in light is a testament to just how deeply his Quaker roots and faith have informed his art. This Skyspace’s title is a direct reference to his grandmother’s instructions to “go in and greet the Light” back when Turrell attended Meeting in his youth.
Lonnie Valentine: When might we be called to resist the demands of the state?
In these few pages of Woolman’s Journal he summarizes a process of discernment when it seems that no one else has been troubled by the question. He finds that others have been so troubled, and they join together to address the problem in prayer and corporate discernment. This leads to reinterpretation of how a biblical text has been read.