Author(s): john heid

Dear Editor: Thich Nhat Hahn’s Engaged Buddhism offers a worthy moment of reflection on the notion that Buddhist practice is “merely to be” (“From the Editor’s Desk,” May/June 2020). There are innumerable stories of Buddhist “responsiveness” from Maha Ghosananda’s engagement of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia to the enduring presence of Japanese Buddhist monks and nuns at the School of the America’s vigils at Ft. Benning, Georgia; from the epic nonviolent resistance to Chinese occupation in... Read more.

Author(s): Bill Ashworth

Dear Editor: Friend Bob Langfelder is correct that my article is not a roadmap to get a whole society off fossil fuels. It was not meant to be. No map is necessary before a journey is undertaken. My purpose was to encourage Friends to undertake the journey.

I have written much more about electric cars elsewhere, as well as about the steps necessary to get to sustainability. Interested Friends may want to check out my website, https://... Read more.

Author(s): Tina Visscher


Listening in the Silence
  to the spaces between the breaths
    to the spaces between the thoughts
      to the moment the muscles relax
        and the heart slows
Listening the apple blossom dropping
and the flight of pelicans
To the bud opening and
spreading her pink wings
To the inhalation and exhalation
The tremulous delicate thread of god's voice

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Author(s): Jamie Mudd, Daniel Mudd

Sometimes, “our world needs us to share secret delights and the secret recipes that feed our souls. This special soul food is ‘a revealing, guiding and discerning aspect of God’s presence within,’” says Doug Gwyn in Words in Time, Sink Down to the Seed (1996).

The two of us have discovered that the practice of “Experiment with Light” offers an experience of “discerning aspect of God’s presence within,” a practice that works for individuals as well as communities.

Rex... Read more.

Author(s): Bethany Lee

Recently, I joined a new group on social media and was asked to introduce myself, to say a bit about where I was from, and to share a little-known fact about myself. Immediately, I started sorting through personal details. Should I pick something big – share about my family, say, or my work? Or open with something small – my favorite ice cream flavor?

Since these brand-new friends of mine didn’t even know the basics about my life, I decided against going deep, talking about my... Read more.

Author(s): Claire Gorfinkel

As a practicing Jew who has worshipped with Quakers for the past thirty years, I have deeply appreciated the fundamental belief that every person has “that of God” within. Both Judaism and Quakerism assert that all persons are made in the divine image. Quakers try to see God, or godliness, or goodness, in others, even in the most difficult human interactions. But my most recent reading of the Hebrew Bible has challenged me to discover a new formulation, which I want to explore here.

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Author(s): Timothy Clark

In 1969 in Seattle, getting help from the American Friends Service Committee on my application for conscientious objector status, I went upstairs to see what the Quakers were about. That Sunday meeting was my first experience of mindful meditation. “We sit in silence and listen for thoughts from God,” they told me. I liked the silence, and I liked that there was no dogma, but I didn’t believe in God. Even so, what people said in Quaker meeting made more sense than anything I was hearing... Read more.

Author(s): Roni Burrows

A spoonful of pure gold
Needs a roomful of ore:
      Dug, crushed, ground,
      Reacted, leached, extracted,
      Purified with electricity, with fire.

Small wonder the attraction of alchemy:
Gold, pure and perfect,
     With no violence of crushing and grinding,
     No burning of acid and fire.

Small wonder the plea... Read more.

Author(s): Anthony Manousos

Eight years ago, I married Jill Shook, a housing justice advocate and Evangelical Christian who loves Jesus and justice. She also loves Quakers and attends Orange Grove Meeting (and the Methodist Church). The more I walk or drive around Pasadena with her, the more I see a side of this city that I never even imagined before. I have come to see the “secret life” of this city – how housing policies determine where and how homes are built and businesses are situated. Cities don’t just happen,... Read more.

Author(s): Julie Harlow

When I first went to the Soviet Union in 1984, I expected to meet a hospitable people, if not outgoing. The first thing I learned was that Russians never smile. They look grim. They stare. The women especially would often stare at me and then turn away abruptly. In U.S. culture, this could be interpreted as distancing, judgmental, even hostile. It was definitely uncomfortable.

I had a decision to make. I could endure the trip, endure the judgmental and hostile stares without response... Read more.


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