Tag Archives: faith

Rewriting the book (a personal view)

The book that defines, if anything does, what it means to be is Quaker, is Quaker Faith and Practice.  (Read it online.)  Some of its chapters are practical stuff – making marriages legal, who runs burial grounds.  But much of it … Continue reading

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Some quotes from the Pope

Its worth trying to find the whole interview where he says he wants women in the church to have more power, says more disciplinary issues should be dealt with locally and not by the Vatican, and he criticises the authoritarian … Continue reading

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First heal the wounds

Pope Francis has not changed the Catholic Church’s position on homosexuality, contraception or abortion.  What he has done is signal a change in priorities and a willingness to learn.  He says that in every heart no matter how many thorns are … Continue reading

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Marking 50 years of “Towards a Quaker View of Sex”

I was pleased to be able to attend the event at Friends House celebrating 50 years since the publication of the landmark “Towards a Quaker View of Sex”.  Described as one of the most forthright reports on sex and morals … Continue reading

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Journey into life: Inheriting the story of early Friends

Every year on the Saturday evening of Yearly Meeting, our annual conference, a Quaker is invited to deliver the public Swarthmore Lecture.  The Lecture dates back to 1907 and is named after the home of Margaret Fell (Fox), who is regarded by many … Continue reading

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New Quakers and arts group launched

Quaker Arts  Network  The Quaker Arts Network  (QAN) is an informal group of Friends which will be launched as a listed informal Group at Britain Yearly Meeting in May 2013. (Listed informal group means a group run in Quaker lines … Continue reading

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Can Quakers become a mass movement?

An American Quaker asks some searching questions about whether Quakerism still has the potential to become the mass movement, that it last was 300 years ago?  Are there aspects of our religious tradition that actually bar the way for those who are … Continue reading

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Same sex marriage, a few days after

In the summer of 2009, Quakers decided to campaign for the right to conduct same sex marriages. This week, the House of Commons voted by more than 2:1 in support of that. It feels a momentous day for how we … Continue reading

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Cynicism will destroy the world

This is one of my over used phrases with my children.  There is a big difference between scepticism, which wisely used, is essential, and cynicism. Take the recent tragic death of a nurse, involved in the royal baby Australian radio … Continue reading

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Deepening the spiritual life of the meeting

We are greatly appreciating use of the book Deepening the Life of the Spirit  www.quaker.org.uk/shop/deepening  !!  It is forming the basis of four Fourth Sunday Focus sessions, the first of which has already happened.   Please like & share:

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