Quaker Universalist Voice

Speaking truth in the global public square…

Topic: Spiritual experience

Interruptions and invitations

Carrying silence into the world

Because my Meeting worships in the staff lounge of a large urban cemetery, we occasionally have intrusions from non-Quakers who break the silence with well-meant yet disruptive questions. Recently, three interruptions in a row had me first chuckling and then quaking with the…

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Trust: My Experience of Quakerism’s Greatest Gift

The author, who from her lifetime immersion and experience of Quakerism , being given by nature to “march to a different drummer”, shares her discovery that it is not only a safe place to be but also an immensely enriching one. She reports on finding that “the resulting tensions between individualism, universalism, freedom and community are mediated by trust.

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The Universality of Unknowing

Luther Askeland and the Wordless Way

A snapshot of the life and writings of Luther Askeland, a philosopher, teacher and mystic. Luther Askeland, author of Ways in Mystery: Explorations in Mystical Awareness and Life, has published essays and articles. Rhoda Gilman reflects on the importance of Askeland’s thinking in her life.

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Hazardous Engagement: God Makes a Friend

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!

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