My experience of siddha yoga, and the faith and practice of siddha yoga, all suggest that there is a psycho-spiritual dimension in which direct communion between people, and between disciples and teachers, does exist. That, I believe, is the mediu...
I had a liberal Quaker upbringing that focused more on Quaker practise, pedagogy and peace work than on issues of faith. Some of my relatives were pastoral Quakers, evangelical Quakers…there was an ‘otherness’ about them that made me a bit uncomfo...
When I saw this process in action, I began to understand my job in a different light. It was humbling and life-giving to realize that my work is born out of collective prayer. I am not alone, but part of a community of people across the country se...
The main reason I am drawn to spiritual direction is that I am eager to deepen my relationship with God and Christ, and also help others to find a deeper connection with the source of Life and Light.
I believe the Spirit is saying that for our Society to prosper it needs to rest on its own tripod. We must recognize that any prospering church ( church refering to a body of believers not a building) is more than a well oiled organization.
One thing to notice is that there was as much diversity on Quakers in the 17th century on that question as there is today in the 21st century. Not all Friends read the Bible in the same way, nor do we have the same estimate of the Bible’s worth.
As someone committed to building bridges between Evangelical and liberal Friends, I feel we could learn from each other and find common ground for a number of reasons
Peering intently through his windscreen in search of a landing place, the pilot saw something that should not have been there. It was a clearing, 6,000 feet up a mountainside, wedged between the pine and larch and scored with what looked like long, dark furrows. The baffled helicopter crew made several passes before reluctantly concluding that this was evidence of human habitation—a garden that, from the size and shape of the clearing, must have been there for a long time.
My personal question is do we have/are we creating enough apprentices in our tradition to have a sustainable chance for our religion? And if not, is there anything we (meaning I) can do about it?
My reason for writing this is to put out there the idea that this vulnerability is NORMAL and in fact a God given protection for us as we are just beginning to understand God's relationship to us in a living way. If we knew this perhaps we could give ourselves permission to withdraw without having to feel anger or rejection for the person or situation that has evoked the protective feeling.
Quakerism is not going to save Quakers. Only obedience to the guidance of the Holy Spirit can do that. If we cannot embrace a mission that transcends the preservation of our own community and traditions, then the Religious Society of Friends has lost its vital purpose and is doomed to wither away.
This impulse manifests a spiritual problem we are often not willing to face - the inability or unwillingness to let go of a moment of grace in time in order to follow the living Spirit of God into an unfolding future.
Here we see something of a Quaker Passover of Peace, one lived out in radical love in a harsh time and in a harsh land. What impresses me the most about this story is not the lack of fear that the painting is named after. What impresses me the most is what happens after the moment the painting captures when later, even non-Christians on a mission of murder are swept up in worshiping God alongside those they have come to murder. Only God can do that!