Mark Russ shares his experience of the challenges of being in community and how he came to appreciate ‘Blessed Community’. As Quakers we hope for a world where everyone’s inherent worth is recognised, and where everyone lives in … Read more
In the midst of lockdown, pride season looks very different to normal for Mark Russ, who reflects on its meaning for him as a white male gay Quaker. June is over, and in the US that means Pride … Read more
Mark Russ doesn’t think Quakers have to choose between political activism and spiritual depth. Has Quakerism become too concerned with political activism at the expense of spiritual depth? Or are Quakers spending too much time navel gazing rather … Read more
On the 18th-20th January, around sixty Friends gathered at Woodbrooke for ‘Answering That of God in Everyone’: A Diversity and Inclusion National Gathering. Friends were offered the thought-provoking insights of three non-Quaker keynote speakers – exploring what it … Read more
Barriers to the Bible I love the Bible. I find it endlessly fascinating, troubling and inspiring. But I didn’t always feel this way. I grew up in a non-religious home, and, although I was familiar with a few … Read more
Live adventurously. When choices arise, do you take the way that offers the fullest opportunity for the use of your gifts in the service of God and the community? Let your life speak. When decisions have to be … Read more
When talking about Quakers in the world today, it is easy to put Quakers into different boxes: ‘Liberal’, ‘Evangelical’, ‘Pastoral’, ‘Conservative’. We might even think that ours is the only box there is. Sometimes it is important to step outside the box.