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A Faithful Responsibility

By Dave Kingrey “Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ” (Galatians 6:2 NRSV). Bearing one another’s burdens is a direct imperative of the Apostle Paul to the Galatian Christians, and it follows his concern about “anyone” who may have been “detected in a transgression” (Galatians 6:1 NRSV). Paul advises that Christians, who…

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Bear One Another’s Burdens

By Helene Pollock “Bear one another’s burdens, and thus fulfill the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:2 In my experience, when people encounter God they inevitably grow more humble. They get a clearer sense of what Paul meant when he said that those who think they are “something” are deceiving themselves (Galatians 6:3). Experiencing God’s presence also leads to the realization…

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Quaker Life – November/December 2012

Stewardship “As you read the feature articles, you will gain an appreciation for the role of stewardship. You will find stewardship comprises more than giving money. Our authors define stewardship as caring for our religious life, our time, our environment, our world and yes, our money. All the writers bring a different perspective to this vital topic. I pray you…

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Perspectives: Sacred Ground

By By Becky Memmelaar My Daddy’s been quite ill. Recently, I flew to Illinois to just sit with him, to tend to him a bit. In case I haven’t mentioned it, I’ve always been a Daddy’s girl. I’m next to the youngest of seven children. I’ve always thought it wasn’t an illustrious position — you know not quite the youngest…

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Passages: Quaker Obituaries

HANKS Jean Sargent Hanks, born in Los Angeles on May 4, 1923, passed away on the evening of May 26, in her home at Friends House in Santa Rosa. She and her brother, Will Sargent, grew up in Whittier. During WWII she met and married Tom Hanks, a young army officer. After the war she went back to Occidental College…

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Review: Historical Dictionary of the Friends (Quakers)

Edited by Margery Post Abbott, Mary Ellen Chijoke, Pink Dandelion, and John William Oliver, Jr. The Scarecrow Press, Inc., 2012, 574 pages A curious incident occurs once a pastor graces the entrance of their new monthly meeting to which they are called to shepherd. Someone usually requests the pastor give a class on “What It Means to be a Quaker.”…

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Ask Tom: Is There A Distinctive Quaker Approach To Stewardship?

If any testimony unites all persuasions of Friends, at least in my experience, it is ambivalence about raising money. Pastoral Friends, when they know it is coming, often arrange pressing engagements elsewhere on the particular Sunday that is designated as “Stewardship Sunday.” Unprogrammed Friends are as likely as others to question “Stewardship Sunday” as the excessive demands coming from the…

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Alms Giving And Prayer?

By Beryl Jantzi The story of Cornelius in Acts 10 demanded my attention in a new way. I like to think of myself as a fairly seasoned reader of scripture. But here I was — mesmerized — as if reading it for the first time. We all know the story. The Gentile Cornelius is used by God to usher in…

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Hospitality: Stewardship In Action

By Rod Waltz So often when we begin to look at the subject of stewardship we consider the expense of an operation. Are we being thrifty? How much does it cost? Where can we cut expenses? Another infamous statement says, “a fool and his money are soon parted”. Though it is our desire to be responsible and practical with our…

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Answering The Divine Grace Of Time

By Steve Olshewsky I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10b) How do we calculate the abundance of our lives? Some look at material blessings and find support for a prosperity doctrine in verses like Malachi 3:10. While “pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough…

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