QuakerQuaker This Week, 4/1/2012

On the Quaker blogs this week, there's a must-read post from Johan Maurer on the dangers of religious zealotry in the political realm, Being Wrong is Not the Same as Being Evil. For meetings trying to navigate the balance between group identity Stephen Davison has useful reflections in On Clearness Committees for Membership.

More of this week's QuakerQuaker Editors' Picks

  • What are ways that we as the Religious Society of Friends can move beyond words, committing ourselves to the radical social justice message of Jesus? How can we move beyond the mere affirmation of ideals and get our hands dirty in the messy business of the gospel? quaker
  • In my experience as a released minister, I treasure the time of silence in the weekly meeting. In the silence I find my center from which I can speak and teach. Without the time of silence the meeting becomes stressful and more like a performance in which I MUST measure up. Silence is the center of worship and places me in the position of listening in dependence on Christ, our worship of the spirit. Quaker
  • I love the challenge to take Quaker worship out into the world. They are calling to literally go sit on the steps of some place and hold meeting for worship because this is exactly what they are doing in London. The Quakers of Occupy LSX have been meeting for worship on the steps of St. Paul’s Cathedral, they are not only aiding in the Occupy movement, but also bringing their worship into that space. quaker quaker.worship …
  • We’re getting a picture of what God is doing among Quakers in Bolivia (INELA), as well as the challenges our sisters and brothers there face. Robin M
  • I hope we all know there’s no standard for plain dress among 21st century Friends. We are, to a great extent, on our own. We can’t tell each other what to do, but we can learn from each other. So, in the absence of clear direction, I want to talk about some guidelines that have been helpful for me. quaker plain


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