Water in the Wilderness

This post is part of a series. The first post is Becoming a Wilderness People. The second is The God of Our Fathers.

I believe God is calling Friends to name the spiritual condition of the world. This is not new. This is our mandate. For centuries, Friends have been called to and have named the spiritual condition of the world. The challenge for us is to rediscover how to do that in this day and time.

We live in the American Empire, a country which has more completely centralized wealth and power than any other. As a superpower, we have come to believe that we can ‘take what we want’ from every other country in the world. We have and we do, via coercive or violent means.

Ostensibly, Christianity is the religion of this Empire. But Jesus showed us what everlasting, even cosmic, influence looks like: friendship with the least of these. Therefore, to live with integrity in this Empire, we need to more fully come to be like Jesus. Our spiritual wholeness, our salvation, is bound together with the wholeness of those who have been taken from.

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2nd Gathering of Friendly Mystics, June 6 – 10, 2014

The Second Annual Gathering of Friendly Mystics: A Mystic Call was held June 6 – 10, 2014, at Earlham College, Richmond, Indiana. Again Friends gathered to share stories of mystical experiences for a weekend. During the additional two days, Friends considered the leading that arose the year before in the first Gathering to “Name the Spiritual Condition of the World” in extended worship and worship-sharing. click here.

Attachment and Detachment

Mariellen Gilpin is posting a series about attachment and detachment as factors in her spiritual journey on the WCTS contributor’s blog. We are linking to her series so readers get a sense of the WCTS editors’ contributions to our leading to “name the spiritual condition of the world.” All of our complementary perspectives are described in the post “Our Parallel Paths.”