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Martin Kelley
Re: The case of the thoughtful thief - http://axisphilly.org/cityjou...
"About ten years ago I was robbed West Philly on a weekday afternoon. Unlike an earlier mugging it was rather mundane, with only slightly more drama than an ATM withdrawal. Seeing how mellow my assailant was, I asked him if he'd take the cash and cards and drip the rest of the wallet at the end of the block, explaining what a pain in the a-- it can be to get a new driver's license. I was mildly annoyed when he left and I scoured the area and didn't find it. A few hours later two cops knocked on my door holding my wallet. My guy had dropped it after all! And yes, it was just missing the $12 in cash and the cards I had cancelled within minutes of the mugging. The police officers asked if I had an incident to report. I paused for a second to think. I could tell them about the robbery and send them on a stop-and-frisk mission against every nondescript 17 year old black male in West Philly. No. But I also wonder if I had a little Stockholm Syndrome going on for a thief with the honor to..." - Martin Kelley
Martin Kelley
Daniel Wilcox: Not Soon...Why So Long? - http://infiniteoceanoflightand...
Where is this so-called arc of the moral universe?! Where is the realm of God that Jesus promised? - Martin Kelley
Martin Kelley
Wess Daniels @cwdaniels: Identifying Our Blind spots - http://gatheringinlight.com/2013...
One good test for blind spot is: do you have certain issues that are completely off limits or are there questions that are not allowed to be asked? - Martin Kelley
Martin Kelley
Nat Case: Wooden Testimonies - http://maphead.blogspot.com/2013...
When we adopt these formulated testimonies, we are not necessarily growing and living in a way that will add to these fruits. And this, I think, is not what George Fox et al. had in mind. - Martin Kelley
Martin Kelley
Gil S on spiritual visiting with membership applicants - http://stumblingstepping.blogspot.co.uk/2013...
Rather than worrying about the age of our membership, or about numbers at all, we should perhaps find more ways in which Friends can listen to one another and speak their own truth in an accepting setting - Martin Kelley
Martin Kelley
James Schultz: Quakerism is a contact sport - http://www.quakerquaker.org/xn...
They prepare themselves for this weekly contact session by spending time in prayer, time in reading the history and battle plans of the men and women who went before them, biblical and otherwise. - Martin Kelley
Martin Kelley
Sally Gillete on Light through family - http://www.quakerquaker.org/xn...
we invited Friends to respond to the query, "When have you experienced the Light through a member of your family? - Martin Kelley
Martin Kelley
Kevin Camp: The Holy Ghost on the Eve of Halloween - http://cabaretic.blogspot.com/2013...
Perhaps our definition of Holy Ghost is due for an upgrade. I think that for some who are made visibly uncomfortable by too much Christian terminology, saying "Spirit" instead of "Holy Spirit" minimizes God-talk. Even as someone who is entirely okay with sounding and seeming religious, the term "Holy Ghost" is both archaic and easily misunderstood. But it need not be. - Martin Kelley
Martin Kelley
Irene Lape: "Continuing Revelation" (Part 1) - http://www.quakerquaker.org/xn...
Now I come to what many who admire Friends’ spirituality see as the “fly in the ointment”. How can you be sure that the voice you are hearing and obeying is God’s voice? - Martin Kelley
Martin Kelley
Wess Daniels: an ounce of action - http://www.somuchshoutingsomuc...
I believe that the challenge is about emphasizing the importance of action over theory. When we dismiss this kind of disconnect, we not only perpetuate blind spots but create all kinds of possibilities for abuse. - Martin Kelley
Martin Kelley
Nancy Thomas: Intentional ambiguity and human sexuality - http://nancyjthomas.blogspot.com/2013...
I wonder if the lack of doctrinal clarity we often experience and sharply feel is not the context for the kind of love that shines in the darkness. - Martin Kelley
Martin Kelley
A Weekend Workcamp - Friends Journal - http://www.friendsjournal.org/weekend...
This article reminded me of the workcamps I attended with David Ritchie in the 1950's while I was in high school. They were an important rite of passage for me as well, and also influenced my later decisions to work in Tennessee during the summer of 1963 on the civil rights movement, and to volunteer - Martin Kelley
Martin Kelley
Thank goodness I was lead to a form of prayer suitable for someone with so little mental discipline! - Martin Kelley
Martin Kelley
Diane Randall: Diplomacy Is Not a Sprint, via @friendsjournal - http://www.friendsjournal.org/diploma...
As a historically pacifist church, we are not always in unity about how we can counter violence—particularly violence perpetrated by nations against their own citizens. - Martin Kelley
Martin Kelley
Brent Bill: 8 Reasons Most Quaker Congregations SHOULD Never Break the 100 Attendance Mark - http://holyordinary.blogspot.com/2013...
When we know each other, especially each others' spiritual and life stories, then that intimacy and community builds trust. We trust the others' motives and reasons for doing things -- even things we disagree with them on. We cut each other a bit more slack. We learn to live in love, not fear. - Martin Kelley
Martin Kelley
Nancy Thomas: Spirituality in contexts of violence - http://nancyjthomas.blogspot.com/2013...
As I continue to wonder about spiritual practices in the midst of ongoing violence, I’m drawn to the Psalms, especially the Psalms of lament. I note that in times of distress, people don’t “do spiritual exercises.” They experience God in ways that are urgent and raw. - Martin Kelley
Martin Kelley
Stephanie A to Z: T is for Trust - http://www.stephanie-blog.co.uk/...
Trust. Trust the process. I must also trust that taking my practice, any inner stillness I can achieve, any understanding that comes to me, out into the world with me, will work. - Martin Kelley
Martin Kelley
Mariellen Gilpin: Prayer Experiments - http://worshipsharinginprint.w...
It occurs to me that possibly I am not the only Friend who has tried to learn from her prayer experiments. I am imagining an important conversation Friends could be having in this blog is sharing one of our own prayer experiments - Martin Kelley
Martin Kelley
Julia Ryberg to Irish YM: Reclaiming the Christian Message - http://www.quakers-in-ireland.ie/reclaim...
I had a liberal Quaker upbringing that focused more on Quaker practise, pedagogy and peace work than on issues of faith. Some of my relatives were pastoral Quakers, evangelical Quakers…there was an ‘otherness’ about them that made me a bit uncomfortable. - Martin Kelley
Martin Kelley
Quaker Universalist quereis on Judaism and Friends - http://universalistfriends.org/weblog...
In preparation for our October topic of Judaism and Quakerism, here are several queries, ones which we home both Jewish and non-Jewish readers can consider. - Martin Kelley
Martin Kelley
James Schultz: The necessary tripod? - http://www.quakerquaker.org/xn...
I believe the Spirit is saying that for our Society to prosper it needs to rest on its own tripod. We must recognize that any prospering church ( church refering to a body of believers not a building) is more than a well oiled organization. - Martin Kelley
Martin Kelley
BecoAnthony Manousos: Spiritual Direction from a Quaker Perspective - http://laquaker.blogspot.com/2013...
The main reason I am drawn to spiritual direction is that I am eager to deepen my relationship with God and Christ, and also help others to find a deeper connection with the source of Life and Light. - Martin Kelley
Martin Kelley
Stephen W Angell: How 17th Century Samuel Fisher Knew that God Was Still Speaking - http://esrquaker.blogspot.com/2013...
One thing to notice is that there was as much diversity on Quakers in the 17th century on that question as there is today in the 21st century.  Not all Friends read the Bible in the same way, nor do we have the same estimate of the Bible’s worth. - Martin Kelley
Martin Kelley
Martin Kelley
Martin Kelley
Alec Baldwin's podcasts Danny Bennett, Tony's son and manager. fascinating family and generational dynamics. http://t.co/BbgDBtQufC - Martin Kelley
Martin Kelley
Fascinating piece in the @nytimes from Michael Erard on the history of online comments: No Comments http://t.co/1iWPXsv3Sn - Martin Kelley
Martin Kelley
Martin Kelley
Martin Kelley
Wondering if the Delicious importer of Twitter links still works. Shouldn't, but.... https://t.co/0KZrSDAOvP - Martin Kelley
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