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.
The Synoptic tradition relates that when Jesus was asked, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?” he pointed to his praxis, his deeds of compassion and liberation.
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.
We are pacifists because, re-centered in God-who-is-agapē, we find that love is stronger than our fear and anger.
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. […]