"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?
Why We Belong Be still and cool in your own mind and spirit from your own thoughts, and then you will feel the principle of God to turn your mind to the Lord God, from whom life comes; whereby you may receive his strength and power to allay all blusterings, storms, and tempests. (George Fox) … Continue reading Fox and Dōgen: Finding Paradise in Every Moment
o give your servant a discerning heart… 1 Kings 3:9 One of the things I’ve found most moving in Quaker worship is the focus on listening. I sit, whether in Meeting for Worship or on my own, and listen for wisdom, comfort, challenges, or whatever may come. It’s not always an easy task. It takes … Continue reading A Listening Heart