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In the Light of Nontheistic Friendliness (Friends and God)

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“Friends and God” are personal reflections from a selection of Friends on how they define God.

As a nontheistic Friend and a member of San Francisco (Calif.) Meeting, I greatly appreciate Quaker vision, community, and caring, as well as the centering and gathering of an unprogrammed Quaker meeting for worship. My positive experiences with evolutionary biology and relaxing response meditation inform my nontheistic Quakerism. The notion of God has never held much meaning for me, and I’m sympathetic with the decade‐long conversations by nontheist Friends on their email list and face‐to‐face gatherings.

I continue to learn how to experience centeredness and gathering while connecting inwardly in unprogrammed Quaker meeting and among Friends generally, in the light of nontheistic Friendliness.

Scott MacLeod, Canyon, Calif.

Posted in: June/July 2014: Concepts of God, Reflection, Unfeatured

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