I'm currently crying over this letter written by Sarah Cheevers, a first generation Friend. It was written to her husband and family while she was imprisoned. This sort of imagery and language - this conception of the good news - is what initially drew me to Quakerism. I pray you find it edifying as well. … Continue reading A letter from an imprisoned Friend
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”?
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 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)
One fresh spring morning, I sat down in the sparse meetinghouse I used to worship in. Sun streamed in through the window in the ceiling onto the bowed heads of people breathing deep and grounding down. We were all seated in a circle. Chairs and benches were the only furniture in the well windowed room. … Continue reading Where do we hear God’s voice
The late Lewis Benson on early Friends and what discipleship/community looked like: “It is evident that the New Covenant community was composed of people who had accepted the life of discipleship and who were committed to the principle that the vocation of disciple cannot be accommodated to the conditions and demands of personal, family business … Continue reading Lewis Benson on the cost of discipleship
Time vs. immediate eschatology (existentialism of fragmentary moments vs. Direct eschatological Presence) Blake Jerome Everitt's Early Quaker Dualisms The prophetic testimony of early Friends was an eschatological incision in the world of time, space, and mortality: “Powerful personal and intimate religious experience convinced them of a direct connection with God, an inward experience of the … Continue reading Early Quakers on time and the end times