8th mo. 2011 Blog Posts (18)

My niece sent this to me and I am passing it on...'The Simple way', because I needed to read it, maybe it will help you too.

What If Jesus Meant All That Stuff?

By Shane Claiborne  


'This radical Christian's ministry for the poor, The Simple Way, has got  him in some trouble with colleagues. …


Added by Rosemary Rimmer-Clay on 8th mo. 31, 2011 at 10:30am — 1 Comment


As I wonder around QuakerQuaker, I am feeling like I do when I go into a large-good book store, and enter the "Literature" section. There are just so many books, most of which I have not a clue about (having a high school education focused on welding and machining did not prepare me for Lit... oh well a challenge yet to overcome).


So I liked the name "Convergent Friends". I like how Convergent feels as a word. The symbolism. I read a bit about it... like the idea of it. As I…


Added by Jon on 8th mo. 31, 2011 at 12:54am — 1 Comment

The Revelatory Process

We call what we're studying [on the kwakerskripturestudy blog] "Scripture", which means "written stuff."

People have gone from an overly-reverent attitude towards scripture, to effective neglect. "There's some very inspiring and ethically-instructive material in all that, and you can read it if you like, but we want to rush out and make a difference in the world."




Added by Forrest Curo on 8th mo. 27, 2011 at 10:38am — No Comments

Attentive Idling

My compulsion to accomplish is fueled by a computer the size of the pack of cigarettes my mom used to slide into her purse. It serves as my calendar, my watch, my address book, and my to-do list. Its podcasts accompany me on my morning walks with my dog. One day recently, our workout stretched longer than usual, beyond the length of the hour-long program I typically listen to. With a quarter-mile to go before my loop returned me home, I pulled the buds out of my ears and stuffed my iPod into…


Added by Iris Graville on 8th mo. 26, 2011 at 6:16pm — No Comments

Please sign my e-petition[s]

If you care about domestic violence, please go to e-petitions, 'domestic violence', and sign the petition.

Because...Domestic Violence has a severe impact on our national life. The NSPCC say that  at least 750,000 children witness it every year. One in three women attends Casualty because of it. There are 1,300 calls a day for help. The government needs to respond with far more more urgent and effective policies and support for the victims. Instead the government is cutting…


Added by Rosemary Rimmer-Clay on 8th mo. 23, 2011 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

Big Tent Quakerism

Last year I attended a conference called “Big Tent Christianity.”  Phillip Clayton and Tripp Fuller cosponsored this event. As many of you recall Philip is a Quaker from Claremont Friends and is former dean of theology at Claremont Theological School. (Currently, he serves as vice-president of academic affairs and dean of the faculty at CTS).  He spoke to us last year during meeting for worship.  Clayton described Big Tent this way:

‘Big Tent’ evokes the image of the revival tent that…


Added by Becky Memmelaar on 8th mo. 21, 2011 at 11:51am — 2 Comments

New features on QuakerQuaker, please help keep them coming!

Hi everyone,

It's been a busy summer here on QuakerQuaker despite my new job at that some other Quaker magazine. Here's some of the innovation we have these past few months:

  • Podcasts: in the Spring we were approached by a couple of podcasters who wanted to host their shows on QuakerQuaker. It took a lot of under-the-hood plumbing, but were happy to have…

Added by QuakerQuaker on 8th mo. 18, 2011 at 7:08pm — 1 Comment


Time goes by. Working. Relationship. chores. all take up time.


My collection of books is not getting smaller either. :)


So when does God or my Inner Light shine? 


I do have some time while commuting, that I use to listen to Podcasts. I enjoy Podcasts. Unfortunately, there are not too many Quaker podcasts via iTunes that I have found. 


I am reading "Friends of 300 years" a book a bought a number of years ago, but never read. I…


Added by Jon on 8th mo. 18, 2011 at 1:02am — 4 Comments

Kevin Camp Simplicity Even In Complicated Decisions


In the Law it is written: "Through men of strange tongues and through the lips of foreigners I will speak to this people, but even then they will not listen to me," says the Lord.  So the gift of speaking in other languages is a sign for unbelievers, not for believers. The gift of speaking what God has revealed is a sign for believers, not for…


Added by Kevin Camp on 8th mo. 17, 2011 at 10:53am — No Comments

Is Baltimore Yearly Meeting Christian ... enough?

Baltimore YM is affiliated with Friends United Meeting which acknowledges Jesus as "Teacher and Lord." Honestly, the number of Friends in BYM who have any relationship with or involvement in FUM is nominal. Few individual meetings offer education about the ministries of FUM. How many African, Latin or Midwestern ministers and elders have been invited to monthly meetings to speak, teach or worship? Do our women participate in United Society of Friends Women or our men with Quaker Men? Do we…

Added by Kevin-Douglas Olive on 8th mo. 13, 2011 at 7:41pm — 1 Comment

Letting my Inner Light guide me through Perceptions

Ever since I began exploring Quakerism, I have noticed that my perception of G-d has transformed from a somewhat predictable and all-powerful view of G-d to a more pervasive and subtle one. In other words, I had expected a Moses-like encounter rather than an Elijah one. I had placed limitations on G-d by expecting Her to only show Her Presence in a loud, powerful, and biblically “predictable” fashion. Now, however, I am learning to recognize the “still small voice” within myself and without…


Added by Jess Easter on 8th mo. 13, 2011 at 6:32pm — 1 Comment


It is late Thursday night. Just finished packing tomorrow's lunch and doing the dishes.


I have been reflecting on the Meeting I attended last Sunday. At the beginning of service, one of the "elders"(??) got up at the beginning of the worship and read from the .... oh I am forgetting the proper name... (basically a collection of people's writings related to different topics put together by the Pacific Yearly Meeting... sorry it is late). Anyways, he read a couple of pieces…


Added by Jon on 8th mo. 12, 2011 at 1:52am — No Comments

Kevin Camp Religious Tolerance and the 9/11 Anniversary


In roughly a month from now, we will commemorate the tenth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. It is a date that has been associated in the minds of many with nonexistent weapons of mass destruction and draconian policy decisions. Islamophobia remains a potent force here, but arguably an even…


Added by Kevin Camp on 8th mo. 10, 2011 at 9:06am — No Comments

The Quakers are Coming: FGC Gathering, 2011


Listen to the sounds and voices of this year's FGC Gathering on the Grinnell College campus in Grinnell, Iowa.  I speak with dance photographer, Arthur Fink, about the spirituality of photography and Demi…


Added by Friend Speaks My Mind on 8th mo. 4, 2011 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Welcome to QuakerQuaker-powered podcasting

Listen now: Quaker Ranter Podcast

QuakerQuaker member Madeline Schaefer recently started a podcasting interview program called Friends Speaks my Mind and wanted to know how to host it here on the site. We've…


Added by Martin Kelley on 8th mo. 3, 2011 at 8:30pm — No Comments

When has your longing for God's Presence been unfulfilled?

Greetings, Friends! 

Thirteen responses to the query "When has your longing for God's Presence been unfulfilled" are included in Chapter 2 of Minding the Light (attached). 


Minding the Light: Our Collective Journal is a bimonthly collection of personal stories from the lives of members and attenders of West Hills Friends.   Each issue is organized around a query.  The query for Chapter 1 was "When did you first recognize the…


Added by Sally Gillette on 8th mo. 3, 2011 at 12:30am — 6 Comments

Why is the security for users so severe on PYM WEBSITE

When accessing the miniutes from the session just past, I had a few comments to add that might make this more useful.  I had to log in to my account. Then I had to prove I was human about 3 times before I could submit my comments to and unknow censor before it will appear.   This seems like a way to dicourage communication rather than promote it.  Three of main choices on the home page of PYM.ORG take you to pages related preparing for the past sessions.  What does this say to seekers trying to… Continue

Added by Bill Smith on 8th mo. 1, 2011 at 11:30am — 3 Comments

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