Links

A sampling of Quaker blogs:

The Lamb's War is a blog by Micah Bales.  Micah is a member of Rockingham Mtg of Ohio YM and part of Capital City Friends (a Christ-centered worship group in DC).  He has been active in Quaker Spring.  He is a YAF and grew up in Great Plains & Mid-America YMs. My (Peter's) personal web favorite!

Quaker Quaker ("Primitive Chrisitianity Revived Again") is a wonderful site run by Martin Kelley. Includes terrific featured "picks" of some of the best writings emerging all the time in the Quaker world along with groups, forums, etc. 

Can You Believe?  Fifth day commentaries by Johann Mauer.  Johann is a former general secretary of FUM.  Excellent writing & ideas. Definitely Christ-centered. Includes favorite books and musical links as well as weekly blog posts.

Growing Together in the Light is the blog of Will Taber of Fresh Pond meeting in Cambridge MA.  Similar values to my own.  (Will Taber is a New Swarthmoor "alum" as both Rich Accetta-Evans and I are.)  Often addresses issues specific to New England YM but with wider relevance.

Brooklyn Quaker is the blog of Richard Accetta-Evans, a member actually of 15th Street Meeting in New York.  Another Conservative leaning blog by a New Swarthmoor alum. Not too many recent posts but good stuff!

Other useful Quaker sites:

Quaker Spring ("Experiencing the Inward Christ Together") is an informal fellowship of Friends.  The group, which began in 2004 has a mission to deepen the spiritual vitality of the Religious Society of Friends, primarily through an annual week-long gathering.  There is a strong emphasis on allowing God to shape our time together free of advanced agendas & programming.  The site has info on future gatherings as well as earlier talks delivered at earlier gatherings, epistles, "minutes of exercise", etc. Susan Smith, Noah Baker-Merrill, Deborah Haines & Peter Blood-Patterson are some of those on the planning/discerning group.

School of the Spirit ("A Quaker Ministry of Prayer & Learning") runs a terrific two year training program in being a spiritual nurturer.  Outstanding teachers.  Strong emphasis on deepening one's faith, gifts of ministry and eldering, early Quaker practices.  Hundreds of graduates of this program are helping to remake the Society of Friends one meeting at a time. "Dedicated to helping all who wish to be more faithful listeniners and responders to the inward work of Christ."  Has a great list of online resources related to Gifts of the Spirit.

Conservative Friend  hosted by Kevin & Shawna Roberts of Stillwater Meeting (Ohio YM).  Includes lots of info on Conservative Quaker practices & beliefs, writings, information on upcoming events, locations of Conservative meetings and worship groups, etc.

Quakersong is the music website of Annie Patterson & Peter Blood-Patterson.  Dedicated to encouraging grassroots singing that helps create a more livable planet. Includes a list of Directory of Quaker Musicians as well as an article I wrote for Friends Journal on Singing among FGC Quakers.

Quakers Integrating Spirituality & Sexuality is a website that I (Peter) helped create back in the 1990s along with Ken Stockbridge, Peggy Brick & Betsy Neale.   It is an educational site designed to encourage more reflection and discernment among Friends in this area.  Highlights include several bibliographies, faith & practice excerpts, meeting minutes, suggestions on ways to further this work among Friends and a listserv.  (It is primarily directed towards FGC Friends.)

Working Party on Spirituality & Sexual Ethics works under the auspices of New England Yearly Meeting's ministry & counsel committee. It was established in 2007 by the YM as a means of encouraging meetings to explore their beliefs around rightly ordered sexuality.  Includes a mailing sent out to all NEYM meetings and several minutes that have been written in response to the YM's challenge.
 
Quaker Finder  Used to locate Friends Meetings across the US & Canada. Includes pastoral meetings but appears to have much more complete listings of unprogrammed meetings, especially those affiliated with FGC (site is run by FGC).
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Death Cannot Kill What Never Dies

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They that love beyond the world cannot be separated by it.  
Death cannot kill what never dies.  
Nor can spirits ever be divided that love and live in the same Divine Principle; the Root and Record of their friendship.
If absence be not death, neither is theirs.  
Death is but crossing the world, as friends do the seas; they live in one another still.  
For they must needs be present, that love and live in that which is omnipresent.
In this Divine Glass, they see face to face; and their converse is free, as well as pure.
This is the comfort of friends, that though they may be said to die, yet their friendship and society are, in the best sense, ever present, because immortal.
 - William Penn, More Fruits of Solitude, 1702.

Note: This passage was quoted by J.K.Rowling as the epigraph of her novel, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

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