In 1652, Margaret Fell heard George Fox preach and felt her life change profoundly. Her account of that experience is the source of the well-known query, “what canst thou say?” It is also a succinct yet rich introduction to Quaker faith and practice. This post offers a contextual paraphrase of Fell’s account with interspersed commentary.
This post is an exercise in remembering, a recollection of some of the people and experiences burned into my memory during my first job in the field of mental health […]
On December 24, 2009, I published a reflection on Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s poem, “Christ Climbed Down.” This is a revision of that post.
As posted here, my review of Paul Anderson’s Following Jesus: The Heart of Faith and Practice is slightly revised from the version published in Quaker Theology #25.
George Fox’s poignant letter on the celebration of marriage, written over 300 years ago, is here arranged in verse form and paraphrased for contemporary readers.
Particularly in this age of what Jean-François Lyotard called “incredulity toward metanarratives,” when master-narratives such as Christianity are perceived as inherently oppressive, to be missional must be to live “in Christ.” The first Quakers knew that to be “in Christ” is to be liberated from the self-centeredness that produces human injustice. […]
My interest lies in reading the text from a traditional Quaker perspective, which stresses scripture as pointer to inward reality and asserts that the living Christ, not the scripture, is the “Word” of God ….
The possibility of faith and hope as Paul understood them has ended for us not in the eschaton but in its failure. But for us, too, love does not fail. […]