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Martin Kelley

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30 Sep 13

Trust. Trust the process. I must also trust that taking my practice, any inner stillness I can achieve, any understanding that comes to me, out into the world with me, will work.

28 Sep 13

I know that I’m a little strange, but rather than finding Revelation’s psychedelic imagery off-putting, I am captivated by it. Even before I became a Christian, I was fascinated by the powerful images of this apocalyptic text.

28 Sep 13

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...

28 Sep 13

It occurs to me that possibly I am not the only Friend who has tried to learn from her prayer experiments. I am imagining an important conversation Friends could be having in this blog is sharing one of our own prayer experiments

27 Sep 13

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...

27 Sep 13

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...

24 Sep 13

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.

24 Sep 13

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.

24 Sep 13

In preparation for our October topic of Judaism and Quakerism, here are several queries, ones which we home both Jewish and non-Jewish readers can consider.

24 Sep 13

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.

19 Sep 13

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

29 Jan 13

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.

24 Jan 13

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?

17 Jan 13

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.

14 Jan 13

We’re in the early stages of setting up a new association of Friends, and there are a lot of ideas floating around on various blogs and discussion groups. Here are some ideas for what I would really like.

10 Jan 13

It’s time for us to give up the ghost of denominations past. It’s time for us to come up with something more workable and realistic, affordable and adapted to today’s needs and interests.

10 Jan 13

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.

09 Jan 13

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.

09 Jan 13

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!

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