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Martin Kelley
Re: Are Quakers Capable of Planting Churches? - http://www.micahbales.com/quakers...
"Hi Micah, I've seen new Friends meetings sprout up, but rarely in the Baltimore/Philly corridor. My guess is that there's something about the weight of Quaker identity that chaffs if a new Quaker group doesn't resemble existing Quaker meetings. It can happen (the West Philly worship group is finally a preparative meeting) but it's often a rocky relationship. Worship groups the U.S. West often seem to have an easier time springing up on their own and being accepted by regional Quakers. From what I've seen, the most common new worship groups have been self-organized rather than planted. They're located in geographically-isolated small cities in red (or at least purple) states where they become a haven for progressives who don't fit in with the dominant culture. The liberalness is the uniting identity and the freedom of anything-goes is a strong appeal to the members who have probably grown up in stricter religious settings where they were always being told what to do. The kind of strong..." - Martin Kelley
Martin Kelley
Re: Sorting Quaker peculiarities in the modern world - http://www.quakerranter.org/2008...
"Personally, I agree. For me, "thee" doesn't pass the Clarkson Test. I too have known Friends who only seem to drop into "thee's" when they start a-lecturing. But I've also met warm and caring Friends who have felt led to adopt plain speech on a more consistent bases. In general, I try not to double-guess other people's leadings. There's an inherent weirdness to Quaker practice that I think has stood us well." - Martin Kelley
Martin Kelley
Re: I’m Going to Be a Dad. Wait, What? - http://www.micahbales.com/going-b...
"Good luck, I'm happy for the both of you--well, three of you! I do have to wonder how it will affect the ministry. With four kids, I really can't participate in most of the hipster worship groups. And taking everyone 500 miles over rolling mountains to spend a weekend in kid-unsafe dorm rooms doesn't work either. I know Circle of Hope seems to handle kids pretty well but I haven't seen it done well among the Quaker worship groups (it's hit and miss even with long-established Quaker meetings). Of course, maybe you'll be lucky and have one of those semi-mythical kids that contentedly sketch in coloring books for hours as their parents attend to Quaker business." - Martin Kelley
Martin Kelley
Re: Emergent Church Movement: The Younger Evangelicals and Quaker Renewal - http://www.quakerranter.org/2003...
"Jesus makes weekly visits. Sometimes we may not notice him. He may be there in the back. We might be too busy recapping the morning's NPR commentary or getting lost in the weeds parsing out ancient Aramaic grammar that we think is supposed to mean something. But he's there. Sometimes he spends the whole hour quietly holding one of our grieving members. Sometimes he taps us on the shoulder to notice the sunlight on one another's faces. And sometimes he pushes one of us out of our seats to stand up and minister the good news in his name. It's all good. George Fox? Would he really be welcome anywhere? He was a rabble rouser. His job was to make us uncomfortable, to get us out of our languor and point to the presence, right here right now, of that one that can speak to our condition. I don't think he would ever be satisfied and for good reason. I'd love to see him stride in wearing his leather breeches but it would be pandemonium!" - Martin Kelley
Martin Kelley
"Anton also made an appearance in the March 15, 1981 edition—and more usefully to line him up with the AP piece—in the October 1, 1960 edition of Friends Journal, where he's mentioned in a list of young Friends in Pacific Yearly Meeting." - Martin Kelley
Martin Kelley
Re: Are you an enthusiast? - http://www.quakerranter.org/2015...
"Isn't he that star of the upcoming QuakerSpeak bloopers special?" - Martin Kelley
Martin Kelley
"I bought the short version of this lock almost exactly a year ago, in large part because of this review. But like others, I had the key start to jam about six months ago. At first it was occasional. After I missed a train because I couldn't get it open I tried some WD40, which helped a little. Finally had to trash the thing after the key stopped working altogether today. And if the key does get redesigned, I'd like to see it thinner. The plastic tip at the end bulges unnecessarily (as far as I can tell) making it too bulk to easy fit in some key ring holders." - Martin Kelley
Martin Kelley
Re: New app promises to give your iPhone a 32MP camera - http://www.cultofmac.com/310647...
"This isn't a new idea. Cortex Camera has being doing something very similar for awhile. It's not great for moving objects (kids, waves) but landscapes come out well. I've used it to take an ultra-sharp picture that can be radically cropped (the end result is similar to a telephoto lens). It would be useful if this article had compared the two apps, along with any others that might use this technique. One comment here says this doesn't handle image stabilization well, which seems an important consideration as you have to hold the camera still for the time it takes to take the raw pictures." - Martin Kelley
Martin Kelley
Re: Ubiquitous bookmarking with Fetching.io (+30% coupon) - http://brettterpstra.com/2015...
"I really like the idea but hesitate over adding another subscription to the list (too many bounced bank balances when something pulled at the wrong end of my paycheck cycle). I'll try the 30 days though. Thanks for sharing this again." - Martin Kelley
Martin Kelley
Re: The Lamb’s War is Dead. Long Live the Lamb’s War! - http://www.micahbales.com/long-li...
"Poor Lamb's War. Yea new Lamb's War." - Martin Kelley
Martin Kelley
Re: Typed: a new Markdown editor from Realmac - http://brettterpstra.com/2014...
"I think some enterprising sociologist could map out the most procrastination-inducing tasks of modern tech workers by counting how many nearly-but-not-exactly identical apps exist for a given workflow. I think I personally need to keep myself from surveying any more to-do or writing apps for the next six months. Yes, I could spend the $20 to download this and spend the next two hours seeing what it does and doesn't do. Then I could open up Byword and wonder if it's really minimalist enough and spend an hour tweaking it's color scheme. Then to be fair, I haven't studied the latest versions of iAWriter and Simplenote for a year or so, so I should finish off the afternoon seeing what they've been up to. And then really, do I need this in-between app space at all or should I handle the low end with Drafts and NVAlt and the organized side with Evernote and GDocs? Hmm...,, let me Google the last year's workflow posts from the productivity geeks... I mean no disrespect to the Realmac folks...." - Martin Kelley
Martin Kelley
Mike Farley of the Silent Assemblies blog explains worship: "Meeting for Worship, I found myself saying, is something quite different from a group of people sitting around, each meditating by themself. It is not an excuse, either, for each to become lost in their own thoughts and fantasies." - Martin Kelley
Martin Kelley
Can Quaker Theists and Non-Theists get along? - http://secretquaker.blogspot.com/2014...
Secret Quaker situates the debates around theism as longstanding questions: "As Quakers stumble over the "G Word" not wishing to alienate the non-theists among us, it would seem of relevance to note that this is a very Old Testament Problem. Since it was impossible to see God, Jews developed ingenious ways to avoid saying his name, emphasised the role of angels as intermediaries and made no attempt at description." - Martin Kelley
Martin Kelley
Urgent Update & Prayer Request from Kenya Quakers - http://fum.org/urgent-...
From Friends United Meeting: "The Friends Church in the camp is primarily Congolese, and we’ve heard from the pastor, Etienne Mogombe, that most of the members have taken shelter in a police station and a church in Kakuma town (outside the camp). They are safe for now, and plead for our prayers." - Martin Kelley
Martin Kelley
From Gordon Ferguson: "As Quakers, we are required to see the whole world as sacramental, but this is not an idea in our heads. It is incumbent upon us to devise religious rituals and spiritual practices that heighten that sense of divine awareness - that recognition of inward grace." - Martin Kelley
Martin Kelley
LizOpp writes about going to the scenes of protest on the AFSC blog: "Until my experience in Ferguson, I understood systemic and structural racism as intellectual concepts, constructs presented at workshops, and all based on modern and historical examples of institutional patterns of oppression.  But unlike 10 years ago, I now have people of color in my life. " - Martin Kelley
Martin Kelley
Failure to expect Spirit to show up - http://thefriendlyseeker.blogspot.com/2014...
Lynn Fitz-Hugh worries that we have low expectations for worship: "I have heard Friends from different Meetings across the country complain about Friends who come with a book to read from "for inspiration" or the now famous NY Times headline message... But primarily they are complaining about Friends not following protocol. I do wish they were complaining about are failure to expect Spirit to show up." - Martin Kelley
Martin Kelley
Is it time for a cyclical renewal of Friends? - http://transitionquaker.blogspot.com/2014...
Craig Barnett thinks it's time for another season of renewal for Quakers: "Renewal of the Society waits for the choice of each Friend: Am I willing to risk the disturbing, transfiguring presence of the Spirit in my life? To obey it? To expect 'the Cross' and dark days as I discover and nurture who I am before God? When we choose to live the spiritual life the Quaker Way, these are the experiences we are committing ourselves to, whatever words we put upon them." - Martin Kelley
Martin Kelley
In an important article on mass incarceration, J Jondhi Harrell looks at the spiritual crossover between Friends and Rastafarians: "I was told that there’s no preacher, and about how meetings are structured.  That also is similar to Rastafarianism because, in the Nyabinghi tradition in which I was trained in, there is no intermediate between the individual and God or Jah – everyone has their own path to God and you interpret that path in your own way." - Martin Kelley
Martin Kelley
Going beyond grumbling: the joy of the Quaker way - http://throughtheflamingsword....
Steven Davison stops to share the "exquisite joys" of ministry and the gathered meeting: "The shadow side of this temperament is a tendency to go negative, even to stay negative; to get crusty, even nasty, when things don’t change; and to get arrogant and self-righteous. I can tend away from my joy in my religious life, forgetting how much Quakerism has given me in my grousing about its shortcomings." - Martin Kelley
Martin Kelley
A conversation on “religious wounding - http://worshipsharinginprint.w...
The What Canst Thou Say newsletter is looking at ways Friends hurt one another: "To facilitate healing and moving on from 'Religious Wounding' among Friends, we at WCTS would to start a conversation. What have you experienced in Friends meetings? How were those situations managed? What do you suggest to heal these mostly unspoken issues in the Religious Society of Friends?" - Martin Kelley
Martin Kelley
Unholy fashions among Friends? - http://nancyjthomas.blogspot.com/2014...
Nancy Thomas visits with Conservative Friends: "Making a fashion statement is not the point. The testimony, as I understand it, is that we honor God in all we do, including how we dress. The values of simplicity and modesty apply here. I respect how these Friends choose to express this. I’ve tried to accommodate, somewhat successfully. At least, I haven’t felt judged." - Martin Kelley
Martin Kelley
After the Climate March, what? - http://mecteam.blogspot.com/2014...
David Millar looks at next steps for religious groups working on climate issues: "This does not mean giving up your spirituality and your present leadings. Every little bit counts, including personal transformation, habits of consumption, prayer, support for members of your Meeting, multifaith groups and listening projects... You may feel your bucket is full...ecojustice is now the container, the 'bucket' that unites all our concerns." - Martin Kelley
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
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