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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
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
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