Blake Jerome Everitt compiled some quotes from early Quakers, and about early Quakers, that bring to light the forgotten gospel of Quakerism. This one prophetic judgment from early Quaker Margaret Killam does an especially powerful job of summing up the Quaker message: "Howl ye rich men, for the misery which is coming upon you, for the … Continue reading Forgotten Quakerism
World Quaker Day is this Sunday, October 6. In light of this colonizer holiday, here is a prayer. On this World Quaker Day, we ask the Spirit of God to baptize the Religious Society of Friends in the so-called United States with transformative judgment. Do not hold back, Lord, from revealing your heart of justice … Continue reading A Prayer for World Quaker Day
“When he was twenty-three years old, he (George Fox) saw the inner light in a vision. For him it symbolized the spirit against the letter, silence against chatter, experience against dogma, and equality against all who build inequality on authority and power, be it of the state or religion. His mistrust of the official Anglican … Continue reading Dorothee Sölle: George Fox and the Inner Light
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