Reproclaiming the Everlasting Gospel
Prior to seeking membership in my local Meeting, I listened to lots of YouTube videos and read several biographies about early Quakers, My takeaway was that the Quaker space might be a place where I could explore my relationship with God, void of judgement. That, in some degree, has been the case with one exception: God and Christ are rarely discussed in my local Meeting.
It seems that God and Christ have become not exactly estranged but something close to it. The word Spirit and phrase "in the Light" are prevalent themes, but there seems to be little attention paid to where that Spirit and "Light" comes from. It's like a secret code. Understood, but not talked about. It's interesting, the same reluctance to talk about money seems to overflow into discussions about the source of our faith. Anyway, I drank from George Fox's cup because he and Margaret Fell and yes, Lucretia Mott, and the folks responsible for Pendle Hill, spoke to my heart.
It is likely that leading modern Quakers into the future will require breaking a few eggs with compassion and the love expressed by Benson.....it will also require courage and conviction.
How can we have a Religious Society without God? Doesn't seem to be a lot of Truth in that mantra! And, how have we become so arrogant that we forget the title given to Christ by the Apostles - Rabbi, Teacher?
i used to think that I was a complicated man seeking a simple life. I realize now that I am a simple man who has lived a complicated life. My goal, in the next and perhaps last chapter of my life is to be a simple man living a simple life, girded by a simple Truth.....I require a great Teacher and Friend and Consul....the alternative is a life alone.....why would I prefer that?
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