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Hello! My name is Mª Ángeles and I’m a member of Cristianos Socialistas de Almería.
I’ve always been interested on this ideology and, because of my education, I’m a Christian, a believer, nor good, nor bad, just it is part of myself.
I didn’t think there could be a group as the one I’m part of but, it exists and I’m so happy for being part of it, helping for it to work, with all my limits, as everyone, but being there when I’m called.
I’ve participated in the last Congress of the ILRS (International League of Religious Socialists) in Cordoba, October-2009, about “Spirituality and the Global Crisis” and it was really interesting, as we, as a group and myself personally, have learned a lot about other religions.
It’s very important to be ourselves, with our own education, what means our own beliefs, what makes us to be what we are. It’s better to accept this is the truth: everybody has his own opinion becouse everybody has his own reality.
I wish I could help here too.
Ups! it’s too late for me, I must go to bed..more, next time.
Bye!
Thank you.
Mª Ángeles (Marian, if you prefer)

Teaching in China

Pier Cesare Bori, a

member of the Bologna

Worship Group in Italy,

writes:

I spent two months as a visiting professor

in a great university in Beijing. Much of

my time was spent in preparing a seminar in

which, with about ten advanced students, we

read and commented in English on Pico della

Mirandola’s Discourse on Human Dignity. Pico in

1486 wrote this Oration (the so called Manifesto of the

Renaissance) to speak of the freedom of man, and of

his calling to the highest vocation to be one with God,

through a path which comprises moral perfection, full

intellectual expansion, mystic union. He thinks that in

every culture such a path can be found. From image

to full likeness (Genesis 1, 26-28), this is his program

for every human existence. During the seminar a

translation into Chinese was provided by my students

(I taught in English, but used also a little of the Chinese

version), so that at the end of the seminar we had a full

translation of the text. It will be printed, and presented

at the Shanghai Expo on the 10 of September 2010.

What has all this to do with my Quaker choice?

Incidentally, I entered the Society nearly 20 years ago,

as an individual member, applying for membership

in London to avoid having to reject my catholicism,

which was generously accepted. First, my Quakerism,

following Rufus Jones and his Spiritual Reformation, is

humanistic, marked by a fundamental trust in human

nature and human insight (especially in his capacity to

interpret history and the past). Secondly, my teaching

is marked by the persuasion that a light enlightens

everybody. While as a historian I am concerned about

differences in cultures and languages, as a human being

and as a teacher I am convinced – and my experience

confirms it – that I can understand others, and they

can understand me.

Third, in a key passage of the Oration of Pico there

is a mention of “the true Apollo who illuminates

every soul that comes into this world”, which has a

deep resonance for me: here we are! And – the most

beautiful thing for me – both the Oration, and a

fundamental passage in the biography of George Fox

have in common the idea of the return to the Garden

of Eden and the vision of Paradise. Certainly it would

be more difficult to do what I have done without my

deep persuasions about the Light and the worship in

Spirit and truth, without that exhortation: “to walk

cheerfully over the world, answering that of God in

every one”.

But of course, explaining Christianity, Catholicism,

Protestantism, Quakerism and the varieties of it would

have been totally impossible…I in some way was all

that, but in that moment those categories had no real

meaning. The real thing was that we were together,

reading and understanding Pico, who spoke to us

from five centuries ago…and perhaps speaking a little

“in the same spirit”

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We must act and dare the appropiateness and not whatever comes to our mind not floating in the likelihood but grasp the reality as brave as we can be freedom lies in action not in the absence of mind obedience knows the essence of good and satisfies it, freedom dares to act and returns God the ultimate judgment of what is right and what is wrong, Obedience performs blindly but Freedom is wide awake Freedom wants to know why, Obedience has its hands tied, Freedom is inventive obedient man respects God’s commands and by virtu of his Freedom, he creats new commands. Both Obedience and Freedom come true in responsability (Dietrich Bonhoeffer)

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