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Reading for April 21 from Praying for Justice. “Behold, I will bring to it health and healing, and I will heal them; and I will reveal to them an abundance of peace and truth.” Jeremiah 33: 6

21.04.2019 – Pressenza London

Climate Emergency: Extinction Rebellion protest, London
(Image by Jon Swinden for Pressenza)

“Extinction Rebellion burst onto everybody’s screens with disruptions and mass arrests across the UK and around the world, in protest against government inaction on climate change. Radical disruptions have been at the heart of Extinction Rebellion’s activism since it was founded in 2018 – from January’s disruption of London Fashion Week, to the infamous naked protest in Parliament – but the scale of the most recent actions has finally succeeded in forcing mainstream news cycles to start giving the politics of climate change the attention it deserves.” The Conversation

Images by Jon Swinden

Reading for April 20 from Praying for Justice. “Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has chosen gladly to give you the kingdom.” Luke 12: 32


Reading for April 19 from Praying for Justice. “He was oppressed and He was afflicted, yet He did not open His mouth; like a lamb that is led to slaughter, and like sheep that is silent before the shearers, so He did not open His mouth.” Isaiah 53: 7

May I be blessed
And learn how to give
May I be blessed
And learn how to live
David Herr

It’s an important Quaker writer’s birthday: Jan de Hartog, 1914-2002. Born April 21 in Holland, he became famous there as a popular novelist, dealing with the impact of World War Two on the Dutch, especially its sailors. He later emigrated to the U.S., and settled in Houston, Texas, joining Live Oak Meeting there. Jan de…

via Happy Birthday, Quaker Novelist Jan de Hartog — A Friendly Letter

Henry Cadbury, a U.S. relative of the legendary British Chocolate magnates, was a renowned New Testament scholar & translator, which I am advised is a much less magnateishly-remunerated profession. Though while he was doing that, he also taught at Harvard Divinity School (or HDS), which means he wasn’t going to starve. Henry Cadbury. sometime in…

via A Quaker Bible Scholar & the Resurrection — A Friendly Letter

An escape hatch is opened. Can I, in good conscience, climb through it?

via The Church, the Draft Board, and Me (11) — The Draft, Part 4: Decision — The Postmodern Quaker

“Moral theology admits that the habit of sin, considered in itself, may be and often is completely sinless.” Seriously.

via The Church, the Draft Board, and Me (3) — The Church, Part 2: “The Habit Covers a Multitude of Sins” — The Postmodern Quaker

Reading for April 19 from Praying for Justice. “He was oppressed and He was afflicted, yet He did not open His mouth; like a lamb that is led to slaughter, and like sheep that is silent before the shearers, so He did not open His mouth.” Isaiah 53: 7

Because Passover starts tomorrow evening, I would like to share an excerpt from the Haggadah Z’man Heruteynu (The Season of Freedom Haggadah):

L: (Holds up a piece of matzah.) This is the bread of affliction which our ancestors ate in their haste to leave the land of Egypt. All who are hungry: let them come and eat. All who are needy: let them come and celebrate the Passover with us. Now we are here; next year may we be in Jerusalem. Now we are slaves; next year may we be free. (Replaces the matzah.)

R: This matzah — like tortilla or fry-bread — is a poor person’s bread. It is made only of flour and water; it contains no luxury items such as eggs, milk, sugar, or salt. Not even the luxury of time can be found in it because it was hurriedly kneaded, baked, and eaten. It is hard and bland, with only one function: to fill the belly.

R: And yet, these things which make it despicable as a food fit only for the poorest of people make it perfect as a food for travelers. Because it is dry and flat, it does not mold or rot, and it is easily carried. Its simplicity will not drain the energy or resources of a person on the move.

R: This year we are oppressed. We dwell in a world where corruption and power commit evil against our community, against the poor and aged, against women and people of color, against animals and against our planet, our Mother Earth. We dwell in a place where too many stand by out of ignorance, out of complicity, out of greed, and out of fear.

R: Next year may we be free. May we be living in the Reign of Peace, in a new era of love and reverence toward all. Let us take our bread of oppression and poverty, flee our Egypts, and go to the Promised Land.

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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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