Quaker Universalist Conversations

Conversation Archives: 2011 > May

Being a Peculiar People

By Rachel Stacy … Over the last two weeks I have worked as a steward for the World Council of Churches (WCC), International Ecumenical Peace Convocation (IEPC). With over 300 member faith communities, the

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Were early Friends Universalists?

By Tony Lowe, Pastoral Minister, Fancy Gap Meeting … There seems to be a great deal of discussion taking place of late about whether or not early Quakers were universalists. Many modern Friends struggle with or even reject what they perceive to be the exclusive…

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Finding the Truth that transforms us

Responding to the question, “Is there a Truth that is universal and absolute?” Stephen Davison writes: … Doesn’t it come down to how we define “absolute”? My Webster’s 7th Collegiate includes “perfect, unrestricted…

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Can we attain “absolute Truth”?

Stephen Angell, professor of religion at Earlham College, writes about the belief among early Friends that one could attain “absolute Truth” through the Inward Light of Christ, and how challenging this idea is for us today: This has been a fascinating and…

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Not all forms of “Univeralism” are created equal

Adria Gulizia responds to by James Riemermann’s post: … I did not intend to caricature universalism, but to speak to a particular form of universalism that I have seen in Friends meetings and that, frankly, doesn’t make much sense. The fact of the matter is…

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