Mark Russ reflects on a recent talk by Ben Pink Dandelion:
It is refreshing to hear the Quaker tradition explained without recourse to ‘simplicity, truth…’ etc., with no caveats on religious language and without the awful sentiment that Quakers can believe what they like. It doesn’t answer my own difficulties regarding the centrality of Jesus to my own understanding of Quakerism, but I suspect the solution to that lies outside Britain.
From Mike Farley > How can one little person make any difference in so great an issue, and in any case, how can anyone, individually or collectively, know what might make a difference? The answer seems to me to be found in the silence that lies at the heart of all we do as Friends – that lies at the heart, in fact, of all experiential faith of whatever era or persuasion.
Watched this as a followup to Conrad’s Heart of Darkness a few weeks ago. Francis Ford Coppola’s film takes inspiration and a few scenes from Conrad’s book but many of its most arresting images are original. It does help contextualize the book however. The claustrophobia of the river really comes alive—there’s one way up and one way back and possible ambush lies anywhere.