The Growing Edges of the Quaker Movement
Part I: We will bring you up-to-date on the growing edges of the Quaker movement worldwide, including the issues where we struggle and have disagreement.
Part 2: Where are you? What is your call, your leading, your ministry? How will you continue to develop your Quaker practice?
We will look at some of our current demographic & theological differences through an exercise called “Continents of Quakers”, and, if we have enough time, we will hear briefly about a few of our following growing edges:
- The New Meetings movement of Friends General Conference
- 40 Days of Prayer for the Future of Friends called by Friends United Meeting
- Quaker Earthcare Witness
- New Universe Story movement among Friends. See also FMC Member Mary Coelho’s website, New Universe Story Watercolors & Writings
- National Quaker Week sponsored by Britain Yearly Meeting
- Friends Church Peace Teams and the African Great Lakes Initiative of the Friends Peace Teams in Kenya
- The recent 6th World Conference of Friends, April 2012, sponsored by the Friends World Committee for Consultation
- How we recognize and nurture gifts in ministry
- Healing & Reconciliation in our Communities in Burundi, Rwanda & Kenya
- Friends United Meeting personnel policy controversy over homosexuality, spiritual/scriptural authority and the role of Jesus Christ
- Quaker Nontheism: “Nontheist Friends are powerfully drawn to Quaker practices but they do not accompany this with a faith in God.”
- Emergent Church Movement: The Younger Evangelicals and Quaker Renewal, by Martin Kelly
Integrity, from an African Quaker Perspective. Oliver Kisaka Simiyu of Nairobi Yearly Meeting describes the challenge of living out the testimony of integrity in an African culture based more on tribal/community identity then on the individualism of much of the Western world culture.
Unity. Jonathan Vogel-Borne describes his experience visiting a very programmed, nearly pentecostal, African Quaker Church, and asks, “what do we have in common?”
How to Know if It’s a Leading? Questions and quotes compiled by Minga Claggett-Borne
Messages of Jesus, compiled by Cliff Harrison
The Proposed Split of Indiana Yearly Meeting: What it’s Monthly Meetings Say, by Stephen Angell, Professor of Quaker Studies at Earlham School of Religion.