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Quaker Life – September/October 2014

2014 Triennial Gathering of Friends United Meeting (FUM) Influence comes from not trying to do things on my own; it doesn’t come from my ego or determined sense of independence. It comes from trusting that my life, hidden in Christ, will influence. If I am one in Christ, the kingdom in which I reside becomes influential. The most significant part…

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Formed into the Image of Christ

By James Bryan Smith It is an honor to be with you tonight. I am a United Methodist. You might think I am an interloper here. When my friend and colleague, Erwin Stanley, sent me an email and invited me to this event, my heart was strangely warm. My life at Friends University introduced me, certainly, to the writings of…

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Quaker Life – July/August 2014

A People to be Scattered: Risk Taking I find it interesting to compare how people of faith are much like my family when it comes to taking risks. Some confess that they will be able to face the risk and move on, only to fall smack on their faces. They react to everything that comes their way and boldly make…

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Time for the Highroad

By Steve Olshewsky After a lovely day on the banks of the river, we were ready to go home. Running around for hours left us dehydrated. But which way was quickest? A 12-year old wondered aloud while walking uphill: “Why is this the fastest way?” Anxious to share a geometry lesson, I explained that the shortest distance between two points…

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Investing the Quaker Way

By Norval Reece I grew up in the Midwest, one of five kids of Glenn A. Reece and Velma Leonard Reece. Dad was raised in a Quaker family on a horse ranch in Western Kansas; Mom was the daughter of Quaker wheat farmers near Pratt, Kansas. They met at Friends Bible College and married. Dad became pastor of Friends Churches…

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Towards a Practical Peace Movement

By Isaac May This past year, as the United States seemed to be ready to leap into the conflict in Syria, there was a small gathering on Boston Common to oppose American intervention. At this rally, representatives from several anti-war groups spoke, from the well-known, such as the American Friends Service Committee, Green Rainbow Party and its leader Jill Stein,…

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The Balance Beam of Risk

By Mimi Marstaller Thanks mostly to my upbringing at Durham Friends Meeting, my understanding of spirituality has been closely linked with my experience of community. The basis of my spiritual life sprang not from lectures, sermons or personal study, but from spending the first decade and a half of my life in constant contact with dedicated Quakers. By following their…

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Re-Imagining Prophethood From Within the Belly of the Machine

By Evan Knappenberger Editor’s Note: Bethany Theological Seminary reinstated its Peace Essay Contest in January 2014 with the hope that people think creatively about peacemaking. Below is snippets of one of the 34 entries, which was submitted for publication by Bethany Seminary. James Fairfield’s life was changed by a song. “Oh Shenandoah/ I long to see you,” — words that…

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The Risks You Take Will Make You Well

By Scott Wagoner Here’s something you probably don’t hear very often: “Take a risk. You’ll live longer!” That does seem a bit oxymoronic; intuitively, risk taking implies doing something dangerous, scary, even life threatening. Yet, what may seem risky to one person may seem merely an exciting adventure to another. But that doesn’t matter. It’s all relative and we all…

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Faithful Risk Taking

By Dorlan Bales At its best, faithful risk taking is a response to the experience of God’s love and the Holy Spirit’s call to share that love with others. This study is an invitation to reflect on words and deeds of people described in scripture, Quaker history and people who took Spirit-led risks. What could it mean today to hear…

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