In just six weeks

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July 22, 2019

In just six weeks, more than a thousand Friends from across the country will start a thirteen-week study of the book of John. They’ll engage the Scripture as Friends have been doing for centuries by thinking about how their own experience intersects with the text and what that might mean for their local faith community as it seeks to bear light in the world. And for context, each week’s study includes an extended quotation from a historical Friend.

Illuminate Bible study curriculum is designed to help Friends engage with Scripture. By including historical Quaker content, Illuminate also works to challenge our contemporary sensibilities about what the Bible is and what it does. I think this challenge can be healthy in that it prompts us (if we let it) to think about how we read the Bible and what we do with it – to uncover our assumptions about the text, to help us more honestly engage the text. Here are a few of the quotations we’re including for the study of John:

“But ye that be turned to the light, walk in the light, walk in the truth where no darkness is.... In which light, as you wait, ye will come to receive into your hearts the word of faith, which reconciles us to God, and is as a hammer, to beat down all that is contrary; and as a sword, to divide the precious from the vile; and as a fire to burn up that which is contrary to the precious.” – George Fox (1624–1691)

“Shall any of us rest in an unprofitable form, which we may call a form of godliness, and content ourselves with a name and profession of faith in Christ, without being brought into that disposition and state, wherein we can worship God in spirit and in truth, in the beauty of holiness, and walk before him in newness of life; which is a fruit of this living powerful efficacious Spirit.” – Catherine Phillips (1727–1794)

“I remembered how it was with Peter when our Saviour came to him to wash his feet. He was not disposed to submit to such a humiliating baptism, supposing himself capable of knowing when, and knowing how to wash his own feet; and no doubt thinking also, that it was lowering to the dignity of his Master, for Him thus to stoop to wash his disciples’s feet, or for his disciples to subject their Lord to this necessity. But when he was told, ‘If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me,’ he was all submission. After the washing was over, Jesus said unto them, ‘Know ye what I have done to you? Ye call me Master, and Lord; and ye say well; for so I am. If I, then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet, ye also ought to wash one another's feet.’” – Ann Branson (1808–1891)

“If there are any in this meeting who feel that they are sinners in the sight of God, I desire that they may be encouraged and not give out by the way and conclude you cannot go any farther. I beseech you, my friends, to lift up your heads in hope, because the Spirit of Truth is alive as I believe, and is extending salvation to all who are in this house, if they will only yield to the invitation.” – Ruth Ann Stanton (1820–1903)

“Neither look at the enemies’ strength, nor at your own weakness; but look unto Jesus, the blessed Author of your convincement and faith: the mighty one, on whom God hath laid help for all those that believe in his name, receive his testimony, and live in his doctrine; who said to his dear followers of old, Be of good cheer, I have overcome the world. Fear not, little flock; it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom; and they that endure to the end shall be saved. I will not leave you comfortless, said he; I will come to you; he that is with you shall be in you.” – William Penn (1644–1718)


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Forty-two months and four days

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July 8, 2019

I wrote my very first issue of Long Story Short and sent it out on Monday, January 4, 2016. It was my first official day on the job as the new publisher at Barclay Press. In the forty-two months and four days since, we’ve published fourteen Fruit of the Vine quarterlies, we’ve completed two revisions of our Illuminate Bible study curriculum, and we’ve released eleven new Barclay Press titles:

  1. Face to Face: Early Quaker Encounters with the Bible by T. Vail Palmer, Jr.
  2. Close to the Ground: A Collection of Poems by Nancy Thomas
  3. Praying for Justice by R. Anderson Campbell & Steve Sherwood with Paula J. Hampton
  4. Rhythms of Grace: Life-Saving Disciplines for Spiritual Leaders by David O. Williams
  5. Presence and Process: A Path Toward Transformative Faith and Inclusive Community by Daniel P. Coleman
  6. A Long Road: How Quakers Made Sense of God and the Bible by T. Vail Palmer, Jr.
  7. Because of This: How to Live, Love, and Lead by Jim Teeters
  8. The Shalom of God by Howard R. Macy
  9. Going the Extra Mile: Adventures with God in Seventy-Five Countries by Norval Hadley
  10. Malone University: A Commemorative History, 1892–2017 by Jacalynn J. Stuckey
  11. Resisting Empire: The Book of Revelation as Resistance by C. Wess Daniels

Seeds of hope – the three-year campaign to fund the ministry of Barclay Press by developing new titles, supporting small churches, and balancing the budget – has a goal of raising $162,000 by December 31, 2020. Last year, you helped us raise $50,000, and so far this year, we’ve received gifts totaling $16,070.

Here’s how you can help us continue to make progress:

  • A one-time or monthly donation to our everyday giving campaign – just click on DONATE at barclaypress.com or mail us a check at 211 N Meridian St, #101, Newberg, Oregon 97132.
  • Talk to your church or monthly meeting about making support for Barclay Press a regular part of your budget.
  • Pray for Barclay Press and for the work that we do.

Thank you,
Eric Muhr





 
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Does the heart have a narrow door?

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July 1, 2019

On Friday morning, Richard Rohr’s meditation on Conscious Parenting included a poem-prayer from our most recent book, Coral Castles by Carol Bialock:


Does the heart have a narrow door?
Will it allow in just one more
of every beast and flower and bird
and every song it has ever heard?

Just one more child, just one more flower,
one more relinquishing of power
to that sane and sacred foolishness
of living by inclusiveness?

Does the heart have a supple, elastic latch
that makes it easy to dispatch
all pettiness and bigotry
and opens it to what makes us free?
. . .
You who can heal all wounds and hate
make my heart open, free, and great.

—Carol Bialock [1]

Richard asks readers to “take note of what word or phrase stands out to you. Come back to that word or phrase throughout the day, being present to its impact and invitation.” And in the footnote, Richard offers the following words about Carol and about her book:

[1] Carol Bialock, “Widening the Door,” Coral Castles (Fernwood: 2019), 87. Used with permission. Carol is a Religious of the Sacred Heart and author of the poem “Breathing Underwater” which inspired the title of my book on Twelve-Step spirituality, Breathing Under Water. Today is Sr. Carol’s 90th birthday and the release of her book of poems, Coral Castles!

I want to thank you for your support of Barclay Press. Carol (who turned 90 years old last week) had been seeking a publisher with the help of friends and family, one of whom brought the manuscript to my attention. Your help made it possible for us to give Carol a birthday she won’t soon forget!

Eric Muhr





 
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