We have been in the Minneapolis area for about a year. My major connection with NFF is that for 3 years we attended Manasquan MM with Lewis Benson. My father was a pastor in Indiana YM (FUM) and a missionary in Jamaica and Kenya. He was a student of Friends history and tried to convey the living Christ 24/7. We moved to NJ after my PhD in Science Ed and became "convinced" "unprogrammed" Friends especially with Lewis and other members there. I have been a member or "active attender" in FGC, FUM, Independent(Beanite), EFCI, and Conservative Meetings.
We are now "retired" near our daughter and her family.
Hi Ellis. As I am a bit isolated here in Portugal, and have no meeting to attend, I am always looking for other ways to surround myself with Quakers. Aside from the Bible and my Quaker Reader, the internet seems to be the best way to do that. I am sure NFF will be a help to me, and I hope to contribute to the mission of NFF as well. Thanks for your interest, and I look forward to communicating with you in the future.
Greetings from Scotland Ellis. I have been a Quaker for just over 20 years and am saddened that some British Quakers do not seem to be interested in the words of George Fox and the early Quakers, they see them as being secondary to their Quakerism. How often do we hear the words of early Friends quoted in ministry? Fox said that Christ had come to teach his people himself, but we rarely hear his teachings or name in ministry either.
I am sorry to have left it so long before thanking you for your welcome comment. I have had technical difficulties, but am now up and running and customizing my page etc. I have supported the work of NFF for some time, and have decided to work within my own Area Meeting. Interest in our work is developing. I will be at Friend's House and at Woodbrooke. Simon Watson and Joseph Pickvance's son Richard are members of my meeting. Being on the Library Committee gives me an opportunity to
to introduce appropriate books, and I want to ensure that the Meeting has a complete set of the New Foundation Papers.
We seem to be developing our Polish connection. Our Friend Tomasz has been in England again. He visited Allistair, and joined our Meeting Group in London.
We now have a translation by Henry Kobylski of work by Lewis Benson and it is hoped, by me at least, that we will be able to put some Polish material on this website. There is an impression of a real need among Polish Quakers, and some other Christians, to hear what we have to say. So maybe we are being led to look East.
Great news concerning South Colorado. I pray that it comes about. I cannot match it I'm afraid, but I have been approached to give a talk to our local Womens' Church Fellowship. Seriously though, we have to make ourselves known, not only to other Friends, but also to other Christians. It is particularly difficult on this side of the Pond, where the number of liberal Quakers is falling. Many of the younger members do not seem to have heard of us. If they seek a particularly Christian experience they are often drawn to the Pentecostal Churches. New Foundation needs a more dynamic approach to outreach, and we must try to engage younger people in what we are doing and what we stand for.
Firstly, have you received a report on the last Worker's Gathering? If you have not I will deal with it. Secondly, Allistair sent me details concerning "Velvet", who had contacted him via Ripley Friends' website. It seems that she wishes to discuss New Foundation and had made contact with you. Alistair has asked me to meet with her as she is in the UK. Unfortunately I don't have an EMA or telephone number for her. Do you?
I have sent a mail to Velvet requesting a Meeting. I would appreciate a copy of any correspondence on this matter. There should not be a problem with this as we we are both members of the same organisation.
I will file a report tomorrow on the recent Workers' Gathering.
Many thanks for your help.
Thy Friend in Christ,
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