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December 2018: Quakers and Christianity
Features: The Continuing Revelation of My Christianity by Lauren Brownlee, Are We Really Christian? by Margaret Namubuya Amudavi, Inward Power by Gene Hillman, God, Jesus, Christianity, and Quakers by Jim Cain, Understanding Belief by Elizabeth Boardman, A Consideration of Metaphors by Rhiannon Grant, A Space for Doubt by Jeff Rasley.
Online Features: Quaker Christian Ways and Roots by Donne Hayden, How Am I a Christian? by Douglas C. Bennett, The White Rabbit of Quaker Theology by Christy Randazzo, Sweet Baby Jesus! by Patricia Wild, The Challenge of Quaker Christianity by Andrew Gage, Learning from John Woolman by Helene Pollock, Staying in It: Being Quaker and Radically Christian in Our Time by Marcelle Martin.
Among Friends: Our introduction to the December issue on Quakers and Christianity.
Gabriel Ehri is executive director of Friends Journal.Posted in: Among Friends, Quakers and Christianity
The diversity within Quakerism and Christianity can reveal additional windows into the Divine.
Lauren Brownlee is a member of Bethesda (Md.) Meeting, a steering committee member of the Quaker Palestine Israel Network, and serves on Baltimore Yearly Meeting's Peace and Social Concerns Committee. She serves as director of social action at a Catholic School in Bethesda and is a Sacred Heart Associate.Posted in: Features, Quakers and Christianity
Do we focus on the religiosity or the spirituality of our Quakerism?
Margaret Namubuya Amudavi has a degree in theology from Friends Theological College (FTC) and in Christian education from Kenya Highlands Bible College. She has a master's in development studies from St. Paul's University in Limuru, Kenya. She has served FTC as a teacher and academic dean.Posted in: Features, Quakers and Christianity
Continuing revelation implies we are continuing from somewhere.
Gene Hillman is a convinced Friend, having come to Friends from the martial arts and Buddhism in 1983 in Annapolis, Md. He has taught short courses in basic Quakerism, the Quaker testimonies, and the Bible ever since he was employed at Pendle Hill in 1988. He represented Baltimore Yearly Meeting on the Friends United Meeting General Board throughout the 1990s. He and his wife, Pat, are members of Goshen (Pa.) Meeting, PhYM. Email: [email protected]Posted in: Features, Quakers and Christianity
A nontheist Friend on the role of Jesus and Christianity in his life.
Jim Cain is a member and former clerk of Atlanta (Ga.) Meeting, currently attending Collective Church, a "misfit faith community" in DeLand, Fla. He's recently retired from a long career in public mental health. He has co-led Friends General Conference Gathering workshops on "Nontheism Among Friends" and "Reclaiming the Sacred" and made a presentation on the evolution of God to nontheist Friends at this summer's Gathering.Posted in: Features, Quakers and Christianity
Magical thinking, non‐belief, and respecting others’ paths.
Elizabeth Boardman has been an active Quaker for many years and is now a member of Redwood Forest Meeting in Santa Rosa, Calif. Her books on Quaker themes include Where Should I Stand? A Field Guide for Monthly Meeting Clerks and Letters from Lillian: Faith and Practice among Modern Liberal Quakers. Much of her poetry deals with issues of faith.Posted in: Features, Quakers and Christianity
Our spiritual metaphors can help us experience the truth from different perspectives.
Rhiannon Grant works at Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre in Birmingham, UK, supporting Quaker Roles courses and the Centre for Research in Quaker Studies. She is a member of Bournville Meeting, part of Central England Area Meeting, and Britain Yearly Meeting. Her book on Quaker theology, _Telling the Truth about God_, will be published in March 2019.Posted in: Features, Quakers and Christianity
When religious services are stripped of doctrinal claims, doubters and skeptics can participate with greater integrity.
Jeff Rasley is a retired attorney who serves on the boards of six nonprofit organizations. He has taught classes at Butler and Marian Universities about culturally sensitive development in agrarian communities. He is a regular attender of Indianapolis (Ind.) First Friends Meeting.Posted in: Features, Quakers and Christianity
Returning to a comprehensive Christianity of behavior and belief.
Donne Hayden is a recorded minister and convinced Friend (convinced that all the first Friends were convinced Friends!). She served seven years as minister at Cincinnati (Ohio) Meeting and is still a member. She retired in 2015 and currently works part-time for Wilmington Yearly Meeting as office administrator.Posted in: Online Features, Quakers and Christianity