Way opens for an unexpected passion.
Crisis or Invitation?
As modern Quakers, we take great pride in our distinctive traditions, procedures, and culture. This is one of the main ways that we affirm our sense of identity as Friends. We know that we are Quakers because we worship on the basis of silence . . . right? Or maybe it’s because we do not [...]
Introduction It’s no secret that Friends have issues with authority. From the beginning, Friends have turned to the “Inward Guide” in our deliberations. Other denominations can appeal to ecclesiastical structure or biblical literalism to enforce a united party line, but that’s not been our way. As the early Quaker movement institutionalized from its free-for-all beginnings, [...]
Rabbi Michael Lerner is editor of Tikkun magazine, rabbi of Beyt Tikkun synagogue in San Francisco and Berkeley, Calif., and chair of the interfaith (and atheist-welcoming) Network of Spiritual Progressives (NSP). He is the author of 11 books, including two national bestsellers: Jewish Renewal and The Left Hand of God: Taking Back our Country from [...]
This week Gretchen Castle attended the inaugural mass of Pope Francis as the Quaker representative on the Christian World Communion. We caught up with her a few days later and talked about the inauguration, her role in the Christian World Communion, and the changes facing our denominations.