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Quaker Life – March/April 2013

Unity Christianity is meant to be lived, experienced and embodied with the One who walks with us, and one would expect, then, that Friends would readily walk together. Regrettably, I have also discovered over the years that occasionally Friends’ diverge with hurtful animosities. I wonder what would happen if we truly waited until unity transformed the body of Christ; what…

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Unity in Opportunity and Community

By Becky Memmelaar “For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ.” — 1 Corinthians 12:12 (NRSV) Although the Apostle Paul was writing directly to the church of Corinth, his words are clearly applicable to our modern day Quaker meetings and…

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Finding Unity Around Inclusion of Gay Christians

What process did your meeting use to find unity concerning a minute of inclusion? Editor’s Note: These two essays are intended to be considered – and discussed! – together. Once you have had the opportunity to read both, we encourage you to share your comments here, on this page. Linda Daniel, clerk of Muncie Monthly Meeting of Friends Memorial Meeting…

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Unity and the Reconfiguration of Indiana Yearly Meeting

What process did your meeting use to find unity concerning what to do about the Indiana Yearly Meeting Reconfiguration recommendation? Editor’s Note: These two essays are intended to be considered – and discussed! – together. Once you have had the opportunity to read both, we encourage you to share your comments here, on this page. Amy Dennis, a member of…

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Unity In Indiana Yearly Meeting

By Amy Dennis I grew up in Indiana Yearly Meeting. As a child I learned of the great things Quakers accomplished in the past through their personal faith in Christ Jesus. Early on I was taught to read and memorize scripture and to apply it to my life. I experienced great times of worship, heard the gospel and, at Quaker…

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A Community Of Refugees

By Michael D. Sherman Raysville is an interesting place. In many ways it is a prototypical small Friends meeting, aging, struggling with issues of viability and sustainability. I have been their pastor for almost nine years, now. They hired me deliberately as a young man to reach out to a younger demographic, at that point the meeting’s foundation rested in…

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Staying In Unity

By Linda Daniel I have been asked to describe the process by which Friends Memorial Church in Muncie came to unity on how we regard non-heterosexual relationships. I’m struggling to find a starting point. The monthly business meeting at Friends Memorial Church did not actively participate in the early discussions of whether or not to affirm gay/lesbian relationships. To most…

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Witnessing to a Loving and Inclusive Community

By Michael D. Levi As I had forsaken the priests, so I left the separate preachers also, and those esteemed the most experienced people; for I saw there was none among them all that could speak to my condition. And when all my hopes in them and in all men were gone, so that I had nothing outwardly to help…

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A Unified Front

By Megan L. Anderson We live in occupied territory. The Enemy overruns our world, and we as Christ-followers comprise the minority. Our simple acknowledgment of the Savior is an act of treason and it isn’t taken lightly. Look around our congregations. Attendance and participation dwindles. Petty squabbles crop up like weeds. Gossip circulates regularly. These are signs of enemy subterfuge…

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Passages: Quaker Obituaries – March/April 2013

ORLOVA Galina Evgenievna Orlova, May 10, 1937 – December 23, 2012. On December 26, 2012 Moscow Quakers joined a Russian Orthodox congregation at the Church of the Holy Wonderworkers and Unmercenaries Cosmas and Damian at the Botkin Hospital, to mark the death of, and thank God for, Galina Orlova. Galina, who had died three days earlier, was one of the…

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