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Where Does Quaker Leadership Come From?

It Has Seemed Good to the Holy Spirit and to Us: The Wellspring of Quaker Leadership By Dorlan Bales Has the Quaker approach to leadership and authority been remarkable since the earliest days of the movement? Absolutely! Rather than look primarily to tradition, human hierarchy, intellectual arguments or the translations and interpretations of inspired writings; the Society of Friends has put…

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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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Christ’s Call to Mission: The Journey Outward

By Dorlan Bales Most people who seek a faith community do so in hopes of satisfying three deep and persistent hungers. The first hunger is for the Bread of Life to be experienced inwardly. Secondly, seekers search to be a part of a group of people who love God, who love and accept one another and who encourage each another…

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Gathered in Community: Growing in Ministry

By Dorlan Bales The 2014 January-February Quaker Life scripture study focused on Jesus’ own calling, his choice of an inner circle of disciples and his definition of discipleship. The study continued to highlight the response of the first Quakers to the living Christ’s call and the allegiance followers have to Jesus today. The heart’s response to the Spirit’s call is…

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Gathered in Christ: Disciple Making

By Dorlan Bales Welcome to the first of six Bible studies that explore the subject of discipleship, including being gathered by Christ and sent forth to serve. How and why do people become followers of Jesus Christ? There is not a simple answer to that question. For many people, two complementary influences lead to a decision to follow Jesus’ teachings…

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