Rhoda Raasch Gilman … To download an audio file of this interview of this interview click here. QUF : This is Cherie Roberts of the Quaker Universalist Fellowship, or QUF, as it is known. Today is August 26…
Daniel A. Seeger … To download an audio file of this interview of this interview click here. QUF : This is Cherie Roberts of the Quaker Universalist Fellowship, or QUF, as it is known. Today is Monday…
To download an audio file of this interview of this interview click here. QUF : This is Cherie. PATTON : Hi, Cherie; this is Gary; we rhyme this morning.
The “New Story,” as expressed by Mary Conrow Coelho, was discovered after a spiritual awakening, and integrates science and spirituality. This story has the power to change our way of seeing and understanding ourselves and all that is, and is a basis for integrating diversity within Quakerism.
John Woolman’s essay “A Plea for the Poor” provides a starting point for Dan Seeger’s reflections in this pamphlet, was a vigorous argument for justice and equality in economic relations. Thus, according to the author, if the universalist principles of Quaker belief extend an inner light and a spirit of love to all humankind, then certainly in today’s global world the ethics of Quakerism must extend to global economy. Seeger both reminds and makes the reader aware, therefore, that Friends from George Fox’s generations and beyond have questioned the moral crime of making human beings (as distinct from human labor) into a marketable commodity.
During the 20th century, Friends were deeply influenced by Gandhi’s concept of nonviolent resistance as a tool for social and political change. They have been less sympathetic to his ideas on technology, although as Sibley makes clear, those ideas were rooted in Gandhi’s religious beliefs and in a testimony of simplicity not unlike that of traditional Quakers.
This spiritual autobiography, written during 2001 and 2002, is framed as a series of monthly letters to the spiritual presence. The author later discovered that this spiritual presence who had been her teacher during those seven years had taught lessons that were in close accordance with the theology of the first Quakers!