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I am a Quaker by convincement. Though I am not yet affiliated with any particular meeting. I consider myself a plain Conservative Christian Quaker.

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Posted on 10th mo. 25, 2009 at 10:05pm 3 Comments

I must begin by saying I have never blogged. I really didn't feel that I had anything that important to contribute. But , like many things lately in my life it's turning the other way. I find it hard to put into words the journey I have been on over the past month and a half. But, I will try because I feel God is leading me in this endeavor....

I began having some amazing dreams about a month ago. Dreams that at first made no sense whatsoever. Let me preface this by sharing that I had been… Continue

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At 7:48am on 9th mo. 17, 2011, William F Rushby said…
To learn more about unprogrammed Christian Friends, you should subscribe to *Friends Community News*, 107 Broat Road, Little Falls NY 13365.  You might also wish to subscribe to *Foundation Papers*,  There is also *The Conservative Friend*, published by Ohio Yearly Meeting.  See subscription information in this recent online issue:
At 7:57am on 11th mo. 11, 2009, Richard Hallowell Phillips said…
I do not deny our Christian roots, but I think our sense of continuing revelation is the magic of Quakerism, and it may lead us to grow beyond our roots. going too far....? Here, in NC, a local Friends Church member answered my question about how Friends here went from silent worship to pastors, singing, etc., and he said it was a response to the Baptist surge in the 1880's. Too many Friends, esp. young Friends, were being drawn to the more exciting noise and activity of the Baptist Church, so they decided they needed to ramp up, making meeting more interesting and exciting. So, in my mind those Friends become Baptists but kept the name. One local "Quaker" pastor strikes me as a used car salesman, complete with plaid jacket.... The sadness for me has been the movement of my Quakers toward such a secular community, more involved with political and social issues than with being seekers in a religious, philosophical community. The 1960's and the 1880's may have been the worst thing to happen to the The Society of Friends. People have been attracted to meeting for the wrong reasons.
At 2:31pm on 10th mo. 28, 2009, Richard Hallowell Phillips said…
Can you describe the "scary" feeling you have with respect to the local "liberal" meeting? I have found some Friends are too liberal even for me, but I have the opposite difficulty and often find the evangelical Friends to be very scary.

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