5th mo. 2014 Blog Posts (25)

Interpreting Our Past -- Part 1

Interpreting Our Past – Part 1

 I have been reading ‘The Rich Heritage of Quakerism’ by Walter Williams.  I find it an enjoyable read.  It is a view of Quaker history from the perspective of an evangelical Quaker and since most Quakers are in this stream, the book likely presents a view of Quaker history that is widely held.

 Here I would like to make a few comments on Chapter 12, ‘The Age of Quietism’ which begins on page 119.  These are impressionistic comments, not a…


Added by Jim Wilson on 5th mo. 28, 2014 at 11:24am — 1 Comment

Kevin Camp The Underground Railroad: Pacifist or Warlike?

Yesterday was Memorial Day. Pacifist religious groups like my own are more inclined to celebrate the acts of those who sought to circumvent war and warlike behavior, instead of their bravery in armed conflict. Ironically enough, I am a…


Added by Kevin Camp on 5th mo. 27, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments

Resting in the Guide

Added by Keith Saylor on 5th mo. 26, 2014 at 9:08pm — 20 Comments

Who Speaks for Peace on Memorial Day?

For a Quaker, what’s the right approach to Memorial Day? Is it a day to celebrate? A day to witness against? A day not even to notice?  Every Memorial Day, from morning to evening, I wonder about this.

 Here in Topsham/Brunswick, Maine we have an iconic Memorial Day celebration. There’s a ceremony in Topsham at the town hall/fire station to mark the occasion, then a very locally-flavored parade that marches down Main Street (Topsham), crosses the Androscoggin River, then continues…


Added by Doug Bennett on 5th mo. 26, 2014 at 8:30pm — 3 Comments

The Case of Rust vs. Abrasive

Rust: Like Calvinists of old and the modern rationalist-philosopher Thomas Hobbes, we warn the Court of Quaker Opinion of the inherent selfishness of human nature.

Abrasive: Whether the "amicable collision" of Shaftesbury's England or the pranksters on the American frontier, basic human incivility is a natural abrasive.

Rust: Without a social contract, mayhem rules as anarchy.

Abrasive: Without the usurping power structure, people are forced to get along and encouraged…


Added by Clem Gerdelmann on 5th mo. 26, 2014 at 7:30am — No Comments

Kevin Camp Genderqueer and Other Difficult Concepts

"If you wanna know something and he won't tell you, cut off one of [the manager’s] fingers. The little one. Then tell him his thumb's next. After that he'll tell you if he wears ladies' underwear."- Reservoir Dogs


The passage above is from director Quentin Tarantino’s critically acclaimed first film, Reservoir…


Added by Kevin Camp on 5th mo. 22, 2014 at 6:00pm — No Comments

On Being Vessels of Light in this World

Below is an excerpt from Earlham School of Religion Geraldine Leatherock Professor of Quaker Studies Stephen W. Angell May 9, 2014 ESR Baccalaureate Address.

So the jars that Paul and Parker are talking about are different from the jars in your kitchen, that are meant to hold stuff. What is held in our…


Added by Earlham School of Religion on 5th mo. 21, 2014 at 9:37am — No Comments

The search image unconditioned and unmediated.

Added by Keith Saylor on 5th mo. 20, 2014 at 1:07pm — No Comments

The Strangler Tree

Does nature mirror God or does God mirror nature? Even before the saving cross, there was the killing tree. Even before the muck and mire of human existence, there was the dense forest. Even before the sugar daddy or supermom to exploit, there was the giant sequoia trees.

In order to survive, some plants, as humans, cling to a supporting host. Mere survival soon gives way to the need to flourish. No longer satisfied to be hidden in the shadows of obscurity, these young upstarts climb…


Added by Clem Gerdelmann on 5th mo. 19, 2014 at 6:30am — No Comments

Welcome Message from the 2014 ESR & Earlham commencement service

ESR graduate Anna Woofenden offered an inspirational and moving welcome message during the 2014 ESR & Earlham commencement service. If you weren't able to hear it in person or virtually, the following is the text: 

Welcome, each of you, here to celebrate the graduation of your students, your friend, child, loved one, and…


Added by Earlham School of Religion on 5th mo. 16, 2014 at 10:44am — No Comments

and some seed fell on good ground.

Mat 13:8 But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold.

Our Hydroponic pepper plants here at South Dr. are looking good. No good soil, just monitored water fed just enough nutrients to replace that which the good soil would have provided. Some of the tomato plants in my little grow bags are also doing well so I guess my home made potting soil is good enough…


Added by James C Schultz on 5th mo. 13, 2014 at 5:46pm — 1 Comment

A brief introduction to Quakerism in Icelandic

This is a rather random thing to post, but I'm hoping to bring some Icelandic seekers to quakerquaker.org and I wanted them to be able to find some info in Icelandic. I wrote it on an electronic typewriter then superimposed pretty things onto it in paint.net :-D It was fun!…


Added by David Anthony on 5th mo. 13, 2014 at 2:37pm — 2 Comments

The eternal Seed thrives in any condition and under any circumstances.

Added by Keith Saylor on 5th mo. 12, 2014 at 2:28pm — No Comments

Kevin Camp Mutually Assured Destruction

But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.


Without solid facts to support a case, we can only concede that we’ll know it when we see it. Each of us has experienced times where God seems distant. I’ve always been skeptical of believers who claim that…


Added by Kevin Camp on 5th mo. 12, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments

The Case of Foundation vs. Skylight

Foundation: Need we point out to the Court of Quaker Opinion the essential foundation of Quakerism?

Skylight: Would that be faith and practice, reason or the Bible?

Foundation: All of the above.

Skylight: Nolo contendere - all known by, and with, the Church's one foundation, who is above your foundation(s).

Foundation: So what's the purpose of the skylight?

Skylight: To allow the Light of immediate revelation for what Oliver Wendell Holmes called the…


Added by Clem Gerdelmann on 5th mo. 12, 2014 at 6:30am — No Comments

Living in and knowing the sufficency of the thing itself.

Added by Keith Saylor on 5th mo. 9, 2014 at 3:13pm — No Comments


Sugaring by starlight, oil painting by Roger Vincent Jasaitis, RVJart.com, Copyright 2014
Sugaring by starlight…

Art&Spirit, A reflection on how the Spirit manifests through the arts, An exhibit featuring the paintings of Roger Vincent Jasaitis and the poetry of Matthew Wright, Putney Friends Meetinghouse, Putney Vermont, Saturday May 10th, 2-4pm


Added by Roger Vincent Jasaitis on 5th mo. 6, 2014 at 12:20pm — No Comments

Can religion be a part of business life?

ESR student Karen Tibbals is organizing the first US meeting of Quakers and Business and presenting a workshop at Friends’ General Conference Gathering in July:



Added by Earlham School of Religion on 5th mo. 6, 2014 at 9:01am — No Comments

Talking about a Queer Quaker Response to Climate Change

Last year I visited Guilford College in Greensboro, NC and presented the first inklings of a talk around the odd question, What is a Queer Response to Climate Change? As a gay guy, a person of faith from a Christian background now sporting Quaker bonnet and Friendly ways, I daily feel pulled in many different justice directions as my social media feed gets bloated with scores of vital worthy causes--LGBTQ Rights, immigration reform, the reform of the prison industrial complex,… Continue

Added by Peterson Toscano on 5th mo. 5, 2014 at 8:26pm — 1 Comment

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