Quaker Universalist Conversations


Uniting the world

Friends have a healthy wariness of calendars, and particularly of names or ceremonies assigned to particular days in a calendar. Human beings by nature ascribe meaning—sometimes sacred meaning—to patterns of events and objects. Such naming is of biological…

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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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Ethical mysticism: a basis for Quaker univeralism?

Zablon Isaac Malenge, one of the leading theologians of Kenya and former General Secretary of Nairobi Yearly Meeting, had a remarkable take on missionaries and the universal basis of Quakerism: “I will tell you a mystery. Many people in this world are practicing Quakerism…

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