Understanding Quaker Worship

That we may allow the pull of love to separate us from the patterns which a systemically unjust world has imposed upon our thinking and feeling, patterns that have defined who we are and how we live; that we may empty ourselves of that mind and submit to being, as it were, re-created ex nihilo in the image of God-who-is-love, so that we now “have the mind of Christ” and incarnate love in this world: this is Quaker worship.

The Turning of the Wheel (2): Buddhism and Quakerism

In my post of 4/24/10, I recalled Albert Schweitzer’s image of Jesus’ failed attempt to stop the turning wheel of history. In this post, I continue with reflections on the phrase “turning of the wheel,” comparing Buddhist uses of the phrase to an interesting use of it in an early Quaker essay in order to…

Concerning Love

Another perspective on the heart of Quakerism: Friend Isaac Penington speaks to us about love, which is the nature of God and the happiness and salvation of human beings, in a section of his “Some Mysteries of God’s Kingdom Glanced At” (1663). This needs no commentary. I’ve simply broken up Penington’s two long paragraphs and…