9/10/2006

Rufus Jones and another definition of Convergence

From Rufus Jones, "Rethinking Quaker Principles":

"I believe that in the main the awakened Friends in the world today feel their kinship with the founders of our Quaker faith and want to move forward once more and break new ground and win a new following from present day 'seekers,' and above everything else to become a fresh and responsive organ for the life of the Spirit in the world of today and tomorrow."

That's the definition of "convergence" in my heart.

32 Comments:

Blogger Robin M. said...

I love this.

10:11 PM  
Blogger Peggy Senger Parsons said...

more than anything,
I want to be awake
Psp

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

wonderful comment - I am a rufus jones fanboy btw.

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Anonymous wess said...

that last one was me ;)

5:44 PM  
Blogger Liz Opp said...

Glad you are able to get your head out of the books from time to time. smile

You have been in my thoughts.

Blessings,
Liz Opp, The Good Raised Up

10:16 PM  
Blogger RuthNaomiEsther said...

your new picture of yourself made me laugh. you look soooooo angelically quaker. the clean cut midwestern boy at his books at public honors college. except not!

2:19 PM  
Blogger Lorcan said...

Ah yes...

I grew up, in a meeting where Rufus Jones was the unseen presence just over the horizon, he had affected many in my meeting who knew him, I grew up just after his death.
I agree... convergence in our faith on a shared spirit, is a way forward in unity, I am not very sure it is useful to attempt to converge on a set of definiitons.

6:04 PM  
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Anonymous cubbie said...

... um um um.... i want to read more of this and comment more in depth, but robin m just told me about you, and it is past my bedtime. i've recently started attending the san francisco friends meeting, and i've just now come out to them as trans (i just moved here from olympia, washington... where i wasn't attending any quaker meetings).

but the thing is not only are we both ftm, woohoo, but i'm a new college alum! ack! so... i want to be your friend. *laughs* ... oh sketchy alums.

12:53 AM  
Blogger Kody Gabriel said...

Oh, cool! Hi. *waves*

We'll have to get to know each other better. It's too bad we didn't know about each other earlier- I traveled on the West Coast most of the summer.

When did you graduate?

12:33 PM  
Anonymous cubbie said...

i graduated in 2003 and promptly moved to seattle. what are you studying? i was a religion major and am wondering if that's what you're doing or what... and how it's going. having faith at new college can be tricky, particularly socially. (you should email me probably? cubletatgmaildotcom)

3:51 PM  
Anonymous cubbie said...

i still want to continue that email conversation if you're ever up for it. i'm nervous that i came off too whiney. i also wanted to let you know that i started my very own "i'm kind of a baby quaker" blog. which is my new link.

12:21 PM  
Anonymous cubbie said...

i still want to continue that email conversation if you're ever up for it. i'm nervous that i came off too whiney. i also wanted to let you know that i started my very own "i'm kind of a baby quaker" blog. which is my new link.

12:22 PM  
Blogger Anna said...

lovely quote, and I was just reading Rufus Jones too.

4:54 PM  
Blogger Palace of Leaves said...

Yes, Quakerism is so unknown yet could speak to so many people I know! In the Meetings I've attended, the older Friends didn't seem too interested in awakening the next generations. Would this be getting too evangelical?

1:31 PM  
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Hi there, I've been enjoying your blog very much. I was actually surfing through because you listed "plain dress" as an interest. I'm currently studying to be an archivist and a librarian, and I'm doing a bit of research about contemporary quakers and plain dress, and how individual plain dressing Quakers see this practice in relation to memory and collective memory. Would you be willing to chat a bit about this subject? I was raised as a Friend, and have already done quite a bit of research into some of the historical contexts, so don't think that you would have to get me up to speed on some of the Quakerism 101 parts, although I would be very interested in your interpretations of Friends' testimonies. In any case, I look forward to hearing from you!

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Blogger kevin roberts said...

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