Tag Archives: early Friends

Shifting to the Heart

“Meeting for worship is a Quaker technology for shifting levels of consciousness,” Bill Taber sometimes explained. Descriptions of gathered worship reveal that the divine Presence is revealed when the mind is still, and this opens the heart.
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Today is the World’s Birthday!

Since waking this morning, a phrase comes repeatedly into my mind: “Today is the World’s Birthday.” Continue reading

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The New Birth

The ten elements of the Quaker spiritual journey which I have been describing in this blog are all elements of that process of spiritual rebirth which the first Quakers courageously witnessed not only in their preaching and writing, but more importantly, in their transformed and transforming lives. Continue reading

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Turning Within

Be still, and know that I am God Psalm 46:10 Part Four in a series about The Elements of the Quaker Spiritual Journey. In my early twenties, my longing to understand the truth about life impelled me to seek. I … Continue reading

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Seeking

Part Three in a series about The Elements of the Quaker Spiritual Journey. A deep longing to know God’s ways and the desire to overcome sin moved those who became the first Quakers. Like many of us today, they also … Continue reading

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Longing: the First Element in the Spiritual Journey of Early Friends

As a deer longs for flowing streams, so my soul longs for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and behold the face of God? My tears have been my food … Continue reading

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Ten Elements of the Quaker Spiritual Journey

For many summers I lived alone and spent my days reading about early Friends and their times. Summer by summer, I pieced together my own account of the beginning of the Quaker movement. I was fascinated by their collective experience … Continue reading

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