The Lighthouse

A tiny light is kept behind a glass

A shutter swings and squeaks against the wind

The stone is wrapped in vines, and weeds, and rain

At sea, the ships toss and tack, looking out

For light to guide them from the rocks, towards home.

Alone, asleep, the keeper lays, wrapped up

Against the cold, against the storm, eyes tight.

Up the stairs, behind the glass

Shuttered yet warm

The light waits to be tended

Against the storm.

–Peter Lehman

Parker Palmer on Violence

Parker¬†Palmer: What I learned early on from some great teachers is that violence is not just a matter of dropping a bomb on someone or shooting a bullet at them or hitting them in the face. Violence is done whenever we violate the identity and integrity of the other. Violence is done when we demean, marginalize, dismiss, rendering other people irrelevant to our lives or even less than human. Violence is done when we simply don’t care or don’t look hard enough to evoke our caring for another.
Interview w/ Krista Tippet

SAYMA Faith and Practice Document on Community

SAYMA is the Southern Appalachian Yearly Meeting and Association. Columbia, Aiken Worship Group, and Greenville meetings are affiliated with SAYMA.

Attachment 3: Faith and Practice Revision Committee Report

Proposed Revision to Faith and Practice, August 2009′


“As many candles, lighted and put in one place, do greatly augment the light, and make it more to shine forth, so when many are gathered together in the same life there is more of the glory of God.” Robert Barclay (1678)

“When we focus on our oneness and unity in the Love that is God, it’s tempting to believe that we will all live happily ever after together, with never an unkind word or misunderstanding, much less legitimate complaints, anger or real nastiness. The challenge of course is to hold up and live out the vision while acknowledging and accepting the reality of our own flawed humanity and that of those we live with.”

Patricia Loring, Listening Spirituality: Corporate Practice Among Friends
page 37

Community is one of the important foundations of Quakerism. This testimony arises from our experience that a group worshiping together encounters God. Since the first generation, Friends have had a practice of discernment where unity is the focus, looking not only to individual inspirations but also to the movement of the Spirit in their midst. Friends followed this practice in meetings for worship with a concern for business. It was not the person with the most money, age, or length of history with Friends who made the decisions; it was the group as a whole that discerned the will of God. That sense of the meeting, that Spirit which the worshippers recognized in unity, was the authority.

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Response to Wallace Article in Friends Journal

{jcomments lock} Terry Wallace, in his article,”Misunderstanding Quaker Faith and Practice ” in Friends Journal, tried to correct what he sees as limitations of the unprogrammed Friends tradition, but I think he instead displayed a misunderstanding of the unprogrammed tradition, its opposition to creeds, its use of the Bible, and many other things.

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