From Quaker Insurrection on facebook, referencing the upcoming ICE round-up of families: What is the point of an hour a week in silence? To nourish our spirits? To sustain a sense of community? To have a shared ritual? Your messages and vocal ministry, your moments of deep silence, are vile when the Spirit is demanding … Continue reading What is your meeting doing about it?
We meet in silence. Sometimes we have a reading to draw us in, and we often pray and speak what the Spirit provokes, but the ground of our worship is silence. The silence makes space for God's presence within us and among us. For me, the silence is confrontational. The first twenty to thirty minutes, … Continue reading What happens in the silence?
"I went back into Nottinghamshire, and there the Lord showed me that the natures of those things, which were hurtful without, were within, in the hearts and minds of wicked men . . . the natures of these I saw within, though people had been looking without. I cried to the Lord, saying, 'Why should I be … Continue reading George Fox on the Ocean of Darkness and Ocean of Light
Early Quakers were radicalized by the Spirit's confrontation. They may have stumbled into a meeting for worship and experienced the tangible presence of God stirring up holy chaos, causing trembling, shouting, prophecy, and healing. In the thrill of communal silence, they would encounter the living God shining upon their heart - exposing their sin and imbuing … Continue reading A Quaker[ish] Insurrection: Follow the Spirit & Betray the Church
Written by Ben Wood, originally posted on his blog, summeroflove85.wordpress.com Some while ago, I started reading G.K. Chesterton’s apologetic classic The Catholic Church and Conversion (1927) and was amused and delighted to find a reference to Quakers nestled in its yellowing pages. Unsurprisingly perhaps, Chesterton is not particularly interested in Quaker life or theology on its own … Continue reading The Gifts of the Quaker Way
‘The Lamb was always on the offensive’ wrote John Punshon. Refusing to consume meat and dairy is one of the weapons of the Lamb’s War. Through it we absolutely reject this organised and systematic evil. Every slain creature bears the imprint of the Eternal Lamb. What meaning does the Peace Testimony have if those who … Continue reading The Lamb’s War and dietary non-violence
The following post was written by Blake Everitt, an English Friend and member of the newly-formed Revolutionary Quakers. This essay explores the prophetic and apocalyptic nature of early Quakerism, and sketches out how middle class revisionism took over the Religious Society of Friends. “But wo from the Lord God unto them that strive to hinder … Continue reading The Religious Society of Friends: Children of Prophets or Children of Propheticide?