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Friends, here is the material I used today for the discussion of Elias Hicks:
www.quaker.org/pamphlets/hicks.pdf 
westburyquakers.org/qt/archive/files/EliasHicks.htm
Susan Long

Posted on 9/16/2012 by Susan Long

 Does what you do in this life determine your experience in the afterlife?
What is the afterlife?

Posted on 9/12/2012 by Bette Drexler

 Retirement, to which we all look forward, has its downside.  At our work we ARE somebody, with a schedule, a built in society, and monetary reward that shows appreciation for  our productivity. Then one day, we are not needed there - we don't need to show up. And the next day. And the next day.  Never again. 
Retirement, to which we all look forward, imagining we will now have the chance to do the things we really want to do, and travel to places we've always wanted to see. Who will we become? How will we set priorities? What will we do to continue to feel our lives are meaningful and purposeful?
In retirement, will we recreate ourselves? Will we need to find new friends with whom we can spend time and have something in common? Will we be able to maintain a productive structure to your schedule? Will we drive our partner crazy by having the television on all day for background noise? 
In retirement, how will we be engaged?

Posted on 8/16/2012 by Bette Drexler

 How do we look at the Middle East?
Do we see it as a region and make no distinctions among the countries there?
What do we understand about the political situations and the cultures of the individual countries?
Are we attentive to the issues in the region in a way that respects the diversity and humanity to be found there?
May Munn has requested to speak for part of the hour  discussion about the effect on the region of the question of Palestinian displacement.

Posted on 8/16/2012 by Bette Drexler

 What is the most important agenda item for the 21st century?  If this topic doesn't fill up this session and several others I'll be amazed!

Posted on 7/29/2012 by Bette Drexler
Posted on 7/3/2012 by Bette Drexler

 Things took much longer than I had expected but we are back up. Mailing list and mail addresses for our new configuration is still in progress. I'll keep you posted. Please report any strangeness to me. For now use the twotone2000ATgmail.com address for such messages.
Patrick Brooks
LOFM webmaster

Posted on 6/15/2012 by Patrick Brooks

 David Whitcomb will continue to lead us in consideration of the  Axial Age.
 
Jaspers described the Axial Age as "an interregnum between two ages of great empire, a pause for liberty, a deep breath bringing the most lucid consciousness". To the extent that the Axial Age represents an in-between period, a period where old certainties had lost their validity and where new ones were still not ready, it has also been suggested that the Axial Age can be considered a historically liminal period.Jaspers was particularly interested in the similarities in circumstance and thought of the Age's figures. These similarities included an engagement in the quest for human meaning and the rise of a new elite class of religious leaders and thinkers in China, India and the Occident. The three regions all gave birth to, and then institutionalised, a tradition of travelling scholars, who roamed from city to city to exchange ideas. These scholars were largely from extant religious traditions; in China, Confucianism and Taoism; in India, HinduismBuddhismJainism; in Persia, the religion ofZoroaster; in CanaanJudaism; and in Greece, sophism and other classical philosophy. [from wikipedia]
 

Posted on 6/14/2012 by Bette Drexler

On June 10, Jimmy Pryor will be the presenter at Adult FDS on behalf of the Care and Concern Committee. The topic will be “Personal Clearness Committees”. We have clearness committees for membership and marriage, and sometimes even for resignation of membership. However, Personal Clearness Committees are available for help with discernment of other personal issues, like changing jobs, changing careers, maybe even changing your spiritual path. Jimmy will help Friends explore the possibilities and explain how these clearness committees work.

Posted on 6/4/2012 by Bette Drexler

Friends, we are moving the web site hosting from Aldridge to Green Geeks on Friday, June 15th. I am going to try and keep downtime to a minimum but it is likely to take at least an hour and possibly more for me to clone our website over to the new host and make sure all is well.
 
Just wanted you all to be aware of this outage. Not sure yet of the exact migration time on 6/15 but will update this when I have that info.
 
I'd like to express my gratitude to Valerie Burson and the folks at Aldridge for their many years of donating web site hosting for our site.
 
Thanks,
Patrick Brooks
LOFM Webmaster

Posted on 6/1/2012 by Patrick Brooks