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BY REX AMBLER
Rex Ambler describes this short book as his attempt "to explain the Quaker way, as far as that is possible." Although it is fairly well known about, Quakerism is not well understood. This book, based on a series of lectures, describes Quaker practice and Quaker life through secitons on "Finding the Truth," "Making Decisions," "Living Faithfully," and more. British Friend Ambler originated the "Experiments with Light" exercises widely explored by modern Friends.
Christian Alternative 2012 159 PP. Paper
This book is an attempt, as I say in the Introduction, 'to explain the Quaker way, as far as that is possible'. It is a distinctive
way and, though perhaps no better than others, it has its own integrity and effectiveness.
Although it is fairly well known about, Quakerism is not well understood, so I hope in this book to make it intelligible, to explain
how it works as a spiritual practice and why it has adopted the particular practices it has. It is aimed primarily at non-Quakers,
who may nonetheless be interested to know what Quakerism is about.
Rex Ambler was a lecturer in theology at Birmingham University for over thirty years. He works mostly with Quakers, giving
talks and workshops on Quaker faith and practice, traveling to many parts of the world to teach 'Quaker meditation' and to
help people set up their own 'light groups' to practise it. www.experiment-with-light.org.uk
1. Finding the truth
Quakers won't tell you what the truth is, but they may
tell you that you need to find the truth in order to live
well. Quakers obviously have a very unusual
understanding of truth.
2. Looking for God
We have no creeds, priests or official doctrine. How do
we know what God is, or even whether there is a God"
The Quaker way of finding God has to be unique.
3. Meeting others
"Meeting" is a big word for Friends. By meeting together
and opening up to one another we find strength and
insight, and a basis for action. But it means also that we
take responsibility for one another.
4. Making decisions
The kind of decision-making exemplified in a Meeting
for Business is unique, surprising and difficult to
understand. How did it arise, and how does it work?
5. Living faithfully
We don"t live according to rules and commandments;
we follow our conscience and "the light within". How are
we supposed to do that exactly?
6. Bearing witness
This is our alternative to evangelising and proselytising,
but we have to remind ourselves what we are bearing
witness to, and how we go about it. Part of this is
understanding our historic "testimonies".
7. Changing things
If there"s one thing we can be sure of in the Quaker way,
it is that Quakers are concerned to change the world.
As are many others, of course. But do Quakers have
a special approach?
1. Hidden or Veiled Spiritual Verities Revealed
2. The Sense of the Meeting
3. Advices and Queries
4. The Peace Declaration
5. The Friends" Testimony
Posted by QuakerBooks on April 1, 2013 10:10 AM
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