Forgotten Quakerism

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

A Prayer for World Quaker Day

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

Dorothee Sölle: George Fox and the Inner Light

“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

George Fox on the Ocean of Darkness and Ocean of Light

"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

A Quaker[ish] Insurrection: Follow the Spirit & Betray the Church

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