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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…
The World After Truth “You shall know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” —John 8:32 “’What is truth?’ said jesting Pilate, and would not stay for an an… Continue reading →
A Statement of Concern on the Spate of Killings and Reimposition of Death Penalty in Our Country
“Love your neighbor as yourself”. (Mark 12:31)
“THOU SHALL NOT KIL… Continue reading →
The poet Jalaluddin Rumi writes of night travelers who search the darkness instead of running from it, a companionship of people willing to know their own fear.… Continue reading →