What do we mean when we say “hold in the Light”?

This old Quaker phrase broadly means to hold or bring a concern before the Light in worship, but in the past century has been used for a specific spiritual practice. This form of intercession, most commonly practiced among Liberal Friends, is grounded in silence and uses one's imagination. "Holding" requires one to see with their inward … Continue reading What do we mean when we say “hold in the Light”?

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The Lamb’s War and Quaker Worship (Part 2)

In the desert liturgy of obedience to the Lamb, wrought in the wilderness of the Spirit, the engrafted Word and immortal Seed grow, waging the Lamb’s War, there where neither smell nor scent of time, flesh, or reasonings remain; and here all things are made new and one drinks freely from the well of the … Continue reading The Lamb’s War and Quaker Worship (Part 2)

The Lamb’s War and Quaker Worship (Part 1)

  The Lamb was the Light guiding early Quakers in worship, belief and practice. The contemplative collective state, like the War fought against self ends, carnal reasoning, and concupiscence (intellectual, social, political, linguistic, etc.), was part of what John Punshon called the offensive of the Lamb. This formed a unity of prayer and worship with … Continue reading The Lamb’s War and Quaker Worship (Part 1)

Normalize the revolutionary

The working class are forced to compartmentalize. Friendly banter with wage-stealing bosses, serving cups of coffee to cops, politely talking landlords through their mysterious maintenance charges.  In order to be employed, sheltered, fed, surviving, we are required to hide our anger, hurt, resentment. We're required to dismiss our struggle and oppression. We end up always … Continue reading Normalize the revolutionary