ARE WE OPEN TO NEW LIGHT? – from Laurie Andrews On his visit to Myanmar in November (2017) Pope Francis said, ‘Religious differences need not be a source of conflict – they can be a force for unity, forgiveness and reconciliation.’ You would think that a creed-free religion like Quakerism would be immune from … Continue reading God, words and us – open to new light?
God, Words and Us Quaker Books – November 2017 £8 A review by Hugh Rock The slight extent of this book, 98 pages, belies its heavyweight testimony. It is a conclusive demonstration of Quaker Faith. But it does not recognise this. It masquerades as an attempt to discover what the unifying principle of Quaker Faith … Continue reading God, Words and Us – another view
‘God, words and us‘ is the title of a new 100 page book from Quaker books, edited by Helen Rowlands which summarises the findings of the ‘think-tank’ set up by the Revision Preparation Group (RPG) of Meeting for Sufferings to consider some of the issues prior to any possible revision of Quaker Faith and Practice. … Continue reading ‘God, words and us’
‘What a fantastic talk! That was a great talk, what a thought provoking and affirming start!’ was one response to our first 2021 Conference speaker’s talk (Andrew Copson, CEO of Humanists UK) on Wednesday 7th July. You can still register for the remaining sessions on 14th and 21st July 2021 here: https://nontheist-quakers.org.uk/2021/04/28/thats-the-spirit/ Andrew appeared to … Continue reading Andrew Copson (Humanists UK) – what a fantastic talk!
This was our third such meeting (6 May: Philip Gross, The language of poetry, and creative uses of the word ‘God’) and I understand we may now have further speakers lined up for summer and autumn but if you would like to offer a ‘creative conversation’, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org Again, I believe, about 90 Friends … Continue reading Feedback and reflections on NFN MfW&CC 6 May 2021
As mentioned elsewhere in Comments, and as one of over 85 participants, I thought for a first attempt on zoom it went rather well tonight. This seems like an excellent place for some ‘fizz’ (or is it ‘phys’, snap, crackle and pop?) on the website. I would like to invite all present at the meeting … Continue reading Feedback and reflections on NFN MfW&CC 4 March 2021
Quaker ‘Advices and Queries’ for Nontheists. A ‘thought for the day’ from Trevor Bending, member of NFN Steering Group and NFN website editor. (Most of the hypertext links in this piece do NOT open in a new tab or window. Therefore use the browser back button to return to this page). I thought very carefully … Continue reading Quaker ‘Advices and Queries’ for Nontheists.
An article in The Guardian (online) by Simon Jenkins under this title, dated 4 May 2018, has brought many more visitors to our NFN site – in fact linking to an article by David Boulton which references a 2013 survey cited by Ben Pink Dandelion. Perhaps we should return the compliment and put a link … Continue reading The Quakers are right. We don’t need God.
‘Is it irresponsible to claim that spoken ministry comes from God?’ A fascinating and subtle post on Rhiannon Grant’s blog with discussion and comments by Rhiannon, David Boulton and others about where ministry in Meeting for worship comes from and perhaps the existence and nature of God/Goddess. Brigid, Fox, and Buddha (Extract) At the Nontheist Friends … Continue reading Discussion by Rhiannon Grant, David Boulton and others on Ministry etc.
As promised, a few words on the Godless for God’s Sake reprint, for the Newsletter and website. David Boulton: Godless for God’s Sake – ‘an invitation to conversation’ Godless for God’s Sake has been credited with kick-starting the dialogue between nontheist and theist Friends when it was first published nine years ago in 2006. In … Continue reading Godless for God’s sake – reprint