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Martin Kelley
The spiritual/activist divide among Friends - http://thefriendlyseeker.blogspot.com/2014...
Lynn Fitz-Hugh on two different types of Friends: "Growing up inside Quakerism I saw that Friends I knew fell easily into categories: the social justice Friends for whom that was always what motivated them and the spiritual Friends who gave beautiful ministry but seemed never to take social action. It is unfortunate that in modern day Quakerism that which was bound inextricably in early Quakerism is so easily divided. " - Martin Kelley
Martin Kelley
The amazing absence of Quaker worship - http://transitionquaker.blogspot.com/2014...
Craig Barnett on going through the Quaker motions: "It is easy to have the form of a Quaker meeting without the reality. On the surface, a group of people sitting in a circle, perhaps with someone occasionally standing up to speak, looks like Quaker worship. But an authentic meeting for worship is much more demanding than it appears; it requires the whole group of worshippers to faithfully practise the disciplines of listening and speaking." - Martin Kelley
Martin Kelley
Hye Sung Francis on giving up noise: "In silence, I put down my ambitions and say, “you do you, God”, and I slowly receive things to intercede about or things to reflect on or verses to dwell on or words to hold on to. Or I just find stillness and peace; a presence that centers me." - Martin Kelley
Martin Kelley
Energizing, Equipping and Connecting for the Work of God - http://fum.org/energiz...
The staff leader of the largest association of Friends looks at the challenges ahead: "Community is tough work, whether that clan consists of three people, 30 people, 30 meetings/churches or 30 yearly meetings . . . It is the source of some of our greatest joy and our deepest heartache. I think it is a severe mercy that will either break us apart or transform us." - Martin Kelley
Martin Kelley
Reddit discussion on Quakers: Are you all libruhls? - http://www.reddit.com/r...
A Reddit user likes the theology of Friends but questions its political diversity: "I really like what I've read about Quaker spirituality. I believe in continuing revelation. I believe in the inner light. I like the idea of unprogrammed service and just being quiet together. Looking at the Quaker Speak youtube channel though, it quickly becomes obvious that all or most speakers are politically liberal and politically active. " - Martin Kelley
Martin Kelley
Writing down a traditional Quaker Christianity - http://www.quakerquaker.org/profile...
Patricia Dallmann looks at a new resource from Ohio Friends: "This book would be helpful for anyone wanting a readable introduction to or comprehensive overview of the original tenets of Quaker Christianity, and the sustaining practices that have evolved in Ohio Yearly Meeting." - Martin Kelley
Martin Kelley
A story in pictures of the recent @eqat Earth Quakers action - https://storify.com/eqat...
Photos of the street theater for a climate change action in NYC last week: "90+ EQATers from near and far took action today!  We found PNC guilty of Climate Disruption.  PNC Bank, when will you be the green bank you claim to be?" - Martin Kelley
Martin Kelley
Gil George talks about making space for raw emotions: "The Friends have had a rough history with emotionalism, and by not allowing any space for it in our meetings it comes out in unhealthy ways. When the overly emotionial revivals and charismatic movements came through, we ended up being split by them because there were some people among us who desperately needed a place to carry their raw emotions before God and their community." - Martin Kelley
Martin Kelley
Stephanie explains why sitting still isn't the goal of silent worship: "Being physically still is a tool to an inner stillness, which is itself a tool to an awareness of something that is otherwise blocked or hidden by the constant activity and busyness of my mind and body. If I try too hard to keep my body still that effort is in itself a distraction and defeats the purpose." - Martin Kelley
Martin Kelley
Elizabeth Edminster shares her Quaker story: "I came to admit that the True Thing I was experiencing had something to do with God that was closer and more real to me than anything anyone had ever said about God." - Martin Kelley
Martin Kelley
Videos: Quakers at the People's Climate March - https://www.youtube.com/channel...
Uploaded videos from the recent march in New York City. - Martin Kelley
Martin Kelley
Embracing our enormous power - http://www.afsc.org/friends...
Clark Reddy urges us to recognize our power and acknowledge the responsibility that comes with it: "Oppression is not my fault, and yet I remain responsible for the power that I have been given, even if I did not ask for it. In accordance with my sense of the Quaker testimony of integrity, I cannot know of this power that I have and of the suffering in the world and do nothing." - Martin Kelley
Martin Kelley
Joshua Brown on the human connection in pastoral care: "As Friends consider new patterns of ministry for the 21st century – new forms of worship, new spiritual communities, new ways to organize – I hope that we’ll remember that direct, person-to-person care is one of the most important ministries of all." - Martin Kelley
Martin Kelley
Pastoral Authority in Unprogrammed Friends - http://questforadequacy.blogspot.com/2014...
Ashley Wilcox looks at what happens to the duties of pastor in an unprogrammed meeting: In my site, Atlanta Friends Meeting, there is no pastoral staff. Paul stated that the pastoral nature of Quakerism is that the community cares for itself instead of having a designated pastor or minister to provide care. Thus, every Friend has an obligation to support the community." - Martin Kelley
Martin Kelley
Johan Maurer on short-circuiting discernment: "False heroism demonstrates operational atheism. False heroes theoretically agree with established norms and processes in public, but behind the scenes they may be conspiring the same old way, talking with trusted allies, lining up all the ducks in a row to pre-empt the decision-making process, as if the Holy Spirit can't be trusted to work through the larger body." - Martin Kelley
Martin Kelley
Why Do Quakers Have Testimonies? - http://esrquaker.blogspot.com/2014...
Derek Parker says we shouldn't look at Quaker testimonies like a rulebook: "The Testimonies may influence people in terms of what we do, or do not do, but they are not simplistically a list of rules. To reduce the Testimonies to rules, is to make them into a purity code by which we measure and pass judgment on ourselves and others. And a preoccupation with passing judgment is seldom a health practice." - Martin Kelley
Martin Kelley
Re: What does it mean to be a Quaker?4 - http://blog.martinkelley.com/post...
"I don't dislike any of the terms in and of themselves. Is there a particularly "Quaker way" of doing things? Is there a body of accumulated cultural wisdom we can point to and call "Quakerism"? Questions like these can be helpful ways of framing the complicated discussions of identity we find ourselves in when we simply try to "live as a Friend." Last week I was having a lunchtime conversation with an African American Friend and realized that she kept fluidly slipping back and forth between calling Quakers "us" and "them." It was a way of signaling what parts of the tradition and community she wanted to own, but I think it was also an acknowledgment of ways she felt welcome and ways she felt ostracized. One possible title for an article she's written is "It's not Quakerism it's Quakers"—a way of stating she in unity with the philosophies and practices of Friends that we're not always living up to." - Martin Kelley
Martin Kelley
Re: appendixjournal: Quakers were once "notorious... | Jon Watts - http://jonwatts.tumblr.com/post...
"Yea, but then they realized they had no place to put their wallet. Reality bites sometimes." - Martin Kelley
Martin Kelley
Re: Fear Of A Bro Planet: New News Org Pivots Away From Name To Avoid Being Bro-Opted - http://www.philebrity.com/2014...
"Oh great, because Quakers need yet another group appropriating one of our own. The Quaker Oats man and Penn football team aren't enough. William Penn isn't even tapped for his theological writings, the landmark court case that changed Anglo-American law, or his role founding two American colonies. No, the website's naming it after a frigging statue that we're to believe caused professional sports teams to fail? Sigh. He's probably soon to be a cheap bobble-headed promotional item made in China that Brady's people give out to drunk tourists at Penn's Landing." - Martin Kelley
Martin Kelley
A Quaker looks at assisted dying - http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/node...
Jill Seeger @quakerpen looks at the moral complexities around a "good death": "The question of what constitutes a 'good death' and how we deal with the issues around end-of-life suffering are complex. Not least, I think, because we are still emerging from reacting to death as our Victorian forebears did to sex. We are still close enough to the sense of something taboo to have a residual uneasiness which hobbles our discourse." - Martin Kelley
Martin Kelley
Secret Quaker explores the options for pacifist action: "It would seem ironic that it is so easy to campaign for peace in a very aggressive way. Shouting down someone who has a different opinion, vilifying an individual because they seem an obvious target or throwing bricks at the police, has never seemed to me as very different from eliminating your opposition in battle." - Martin Kelley
Martin Kelley
Hope and fear for a yearly meeting gathering - http://nancyjthomas.blogspot.com/2014...
Nancy Thomas feelings ahead of Northwest Yearly Meeting sessions: "Part of my nature as a poet embraces the ambiguity and basks in God’s silence. But that doesn’t work so well when we’re faced with the concrete need to revise Faith and Practice. And the longing to stay together, even in the midst of controversy." - Martin Kelley
Martin Kelley
Cherice Bock clears up some confusions on the George Fox University housing controversy and asks for prayers during the upcoming annual sessions. - Martin Kelley
Martin Kelley
Olympia Quakers Support Uganda's Underground Railroad - http://kuow.org/post...
A Seattle radio station interviews one of the people involved in the Friends New Underground Railroad project. - Martin Kelley
Martin Kelley
Charlotte Dando found it among Friends: "It sounds terribly clichéd, but right from attending my first introductory evening on Quakers, I knew I’d found what I was looking for. After so many years feeling like I didn’t quite fit in, suddenly I had a name for the things that I valued." - Martin Kelley
Martin Kelley
Ashley Wilcox writes about being a minor celebrity in a small denomination: "Few things will throw me off center at a Quaker event faster than when someone knows who I am and I have no idea who they are.  A Friend will introduce me in conversation and the other person's face will light up.  I feel dread because I know they have read something I have written, or heard me speak, or heard about me some other way.  I never know what to do, and any response on my part feels awkward and ungracious." - Martin Kelley
Martin Kelley
Oregan public radio interviews trans student - http://www.opb.org/radio...
Jayce, a George Fox student, says he will appeal the ruling. - Martin Kelley
Martin Kelley
Vice picks up the GFU story in "Hobby Lobby Goes to College" - https://news.vice.com/article...
Vice News's coverage quotes a George Fox Univ. administrator and the trans*' student's mom and lawyer: "The Quaker faith has a long history of pacifism, so it seems like there’s more justification for opposing military recruiters,” Southwick said. “But the Quaker faith has no history of opposing transgender identity and there’s nothing in the theology about transgender people." - Martin Kelley
Martin Kelley
George Fox University should Choose Another Story - http://jdtryan.blogspot.co.uk/2014...
Joshua Douglas Tryan argues the George Fox University needs to pick a story in an open letter to its president: "There are two stories being told about George Fox University. The first story presents a school that is thriving. A new football team, large incoming classes, and a high national ranking among Christian colleges, makes Fox distinct and desirable... This is a good Story. Unfortunately, because of your actions this is not how George Fox is going to be remembered." - Martin Kelley
Martin Kelley
New Monasticism for Quakers? - http://jollyquaker.com/2014...
The Jolly Quaker explores whether the "New Monastic" movement has anything to say to Friends seeking community: "A piece of advice repeated in many of the books on intentional community I’ve come across, is abandon any notion you may have of an ideal community. You’ll certainly be disappointed! I find the vision Kelly describes incredibly inspiring, but I will not be asking every community I come across to measure up to these standards." - Martin Kelley
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