Saturday, January 2, 2016

Reading "Quakerism: a theology for out time", which I recommend.

Monday, November 3, 2014

A magazine of old Quaker poetry and history for the Piedmont

A form of outreach that could happen easily (but with a lot of work... is that an oxymoron?) is a magazine recovering the Quaker history of the Piedmont, with connections to today.

For example, there are a lot of Quaker journals and poetry from the past. A photo essay with each one would illustrate whatever relevance they had for today. If it speaks to anyone, there could be a list
of Meetings in the area.

The moment

I've just read "Saving God" by Mark Johnston, whose major point is that our "self" is spread over the world, and that the "afterlife" of our selves is a form of idolatry. While I agree with him that our "atomic" self is fictional, fiction is still a work of art, and I find it hard to believe that God would throw away artwork; most of us think it is an awful loss that we are losing all the Victorian fiction, gradually, just by forgetting it's there, or the newspapers and magazines of 40 years ago. We keep our children's early scribbles. I think God doesn't want to lose us, even if "we" are not as separate from the world and each other as we think.

Monday, May 19, 2014

There is so much I like in "The Wisdom of Solomon". A project that I should undertake, but which will probably never get done, is to compile my own "Bible", with entries from, of course, the Bible, and related collections, but also passages from other writers who speak to me: Thoreau, for example. And illustrate it with photos of my life, and my family, just to remind me why I am doing "all this", whatever "this" is!

Monday, February 17, 2014

Not going to meeting enough

I haven't been to meeting enough and I can tell. It's not the same but some deliberate quiet worship at home would help and also motivate me to go to meeting, if only for first hour.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Fast internet, internet fast

I can't avoid email, but I can avoid reading news and nonsense on the internet. So, I am going to try an internet fast. My family and friends communicate with me via email, so I can't drop that, but I'll set my browser to only mail sites for a week, to start with. Instead, I will have to do my coursework and plan meals and fix the house, all the things I avoid with the internet.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Just sitting

My mind is a mess, full of anxiety and worry. Sometimes just sitting, as though I were in meeting, seems to calm me down. I need to stop, and become quieter. Yesterday, I played music with A, and it was the high point of my week.