Thoughts we shared with each other during the weekend

Writings on our Pagan Quaker workshop wall

When the Society began
‘Quaker’ was a term used to mock members
‘Quaker’ has now been reclaimed by Quakers.
Now we are in the process of re-claiming
the word Pagan

Sometimes if you stand on the bottom rail of a bridge and lean over to watch the river slipping by slowly beneath you, you will suddenly know everything there is to know. (Pooh)

But, child of dust, the fragrant flowers,
The bright blue sky and velvent sod,
Were strange conducters to the bowers
Thy daring footsteps must have trod (Emily Bronte)

The Druid Oath

We swear by Peace and Love to Stand
Heart to Heart and Hand in Hand
Mark oh Spirit
And hear us now
Confirming this, our sacred vow

Saturday: Thought for the Day

Advice and Queries 16, Quaker Faith and Practice

Do you welcome the diversity of culture, language and expressions of faith in our yearly meeting and in the world community of Friends? Seek to increase your understanding and to gain from this rich heritage and wide range of spiritual insights. Uphold your own and other yearly meetings in your prayers

The plural of human being can be humans being

A vital novel for me ‘The Fifth Sacred Thing’ by Starhawk

Two good books to read by Richard Mabey: Nature Cure and Beech Combings

Check out the ‘Quaker Earthcare Witness’ website (QEW).  This is the environmental aspect for US non-programmed Quakers and folks there get the point re: Earth Spirituality.  Their workbook ‘Earthcare for Friends’ is a useable study guide

Has anyone read Matthew Fox’s ‘Original Blessing’?

The Druid Prayer

Grant Oh Spirit Thy Protection
And In protection, Strength
And in Strength, Understanding
And in Understanding, Knowledge
And in Knowledge, the Knowledge of Justice
And in the Knowledge of Justice, The Love of it
And In the Love of it, the love of all existences
And in the love of all existences
The Love of Spirit and all Goodness


1 Comment

  1. Alison Leonard said,

    February 22, 2010 at 8:30 am

    One of the joys of the Quaker spiritual path is that there is no conflict between the spiritual search and the scientific search. In the current issue of ‘New Scientist’ there’s a fascinating article called ‘Messages from the Stone Age’ about the ‘writing’ marks that intertwine with the exquisite cave paintings at places like Lascaux and Chauvet in the Dordogne and the Lot Valleys in France (you can find the article on

    This reminds me of Marija Gimbutas’s wonderful book ‘The Language of the Goddess’. Marija Gimbutas was a Lithuanian scholar who led the world in academic studies of ancient scripts and their meaning, and came up with a Goddess interpretation of them. This is of course disputed by other scholars, and it’s fascinating to follows these disputes (you can start through the page on Marija Gimbutas on

    To me, academic disputes about the past matter less than what’s helpful for our present plight and for the future needs of the planet. I think we need to correct the balance of our philosophical assumptions away from the superficial and the aggressive, and towards nurturing and soul-based solutions. Images and stories of the Goddess, the Earth Mother, can enable us to change as we need to change just now, for our own sakes and for the sake of the whole Earth.

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