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This spiritual autobiography integrates perspectives of early Quakers, Zen Buddhists, and contemporary Christian thinkers. Smith draws from these sources as he tells a personal tale of his Quaker childhood, his years of spiritual crisis, and his ultimate return to Quakerism by way of Zen Buddhism. Along the way, Smith explores and explains the Quaker peace testimony and liberal Quaker views of gender, power, education, and care for the natural world.
An earlier version of this essay was published as “Religion, Briefly Considered,” a six-part blog post series (Oct 2014 – Feb 2015). I. Darwi…
Many Friends are unprepared to meet the challenges of Christian fundamentalism. When acquaintances, co-workers or neighbors accost us, insisting upon certain conservative or fundamentalist theological views, many Friends find themselves tongue-tied and do not know what to think or say…
I’m sorry for the lack of posts over the past few weeks. I do not know how to respond with words to the cascading violence.
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Craig Barnett is a Quaker living in Sheffield (UK), and currently serving as an elder of Sheffield and Balby Area Quaker Meeting. The following a… Continue reading →
People in the traditions of Christianity and Islam have partial experiences of both violent and peaceful conducting of conflict. Neither is perfect. Neither c… Continue reading →