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Inward Power

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]


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God, Jesus, Christianity, and Quakers

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.


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Understanding Belief

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.


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A Consideration of Metaphors

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.


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Author Jeff Rasley first came to Indianpolis's First Friends Meeting seeking fiscal sponsorship for small-scale development projects in the Basa area of Nepal His first experience of a Quaker worship service le him to think First Friends might fill another, more personal desire.

A Space for Doubt

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.


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Quaker Christian Ways and Roots

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.


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How Am I a Christian?

Will others see us as Christians by our love?

Douglas C. Bennett served as president of Earlham College from 1997 to 2011. Now retired, he is a member of Durham (Maine) Meeting.


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The White Rabbit of Quaker Theology

Quakerism must be experienced, both individually and collectively.

Christy Randazzo is a convinced Friend and a member of Haddonfield (N.J.) Meeting. They still sometimes attend a local Episcopal church with their family because it's where their family is rooted. However, to be honest, it's also because incense and candles can be quite lovely sometimes!


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Sweet Baby Jesus

The present‐tense verbs of George Fox.

A convinced Friend since 1982, Patricia Wild is a member of Friends Meeting at Cambridge (Mass.), where she serves on its Ministry and Counsel and Prison Fellowship Group. Her latest "book, _WellingUp.net_, is an interactive, experimental website that tells a Quaker novel online using podcasts and supplementary materials and links.


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The Challenge of Quaker Christianity

Challenging ourselves and engaging with our Christian roots.

Andrew Gage is a Quaker, an environmental lawyer, and a father of two from Victoria, B.C., Canada. He is grateful for each of those roles, but still wishes that he had more time to devote to his spirituality and writing. Follow him on Twitter at @singingwithin.


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