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

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Quaker Pagan, Pagan Quaker

Whilst Quakerism is rooted in the christianity, it is also open to new light from whatever source it may come (QF&P 1.02 §7)  and that for me is the revelatory springboard. ‘New light from whatever source it may come’ So, Friend go out and find it! When Alison and I ran our first Goddess and Green Man workshop at Woodbrooke four years ago, the ‘Pagan’ word was locked away in the closet.  For some Friends at that workshop, it was the first time they had uttered it in a circle of Quakers, and it proved to be a personal revelation when they did.  They weren’t eldered or admonished, or invited to attend a meeting for clearness.  They were accepted and loved as a part of the worshipping circle.  The poor old P word still carries a lot of baggage but one of the best interpretations I have read is on the BBC website – Pagann. One who adheres to a belief system outside that of established Orthodoxy. Two Quaker Pagans in Massachusetts run a really insightful blog about their spiritual journeys and their commentary on ‘What do you mean, Quaker Pagan?’ is the best I have ever read.

Kevin Redpath