Arts Articles

Psalm 119

17 September 2020 | by Jonathan Wooding

'Sophistical butterflies – good heavens!' | by David Clode on Unsplash.

O Lord, thou hast dealt graciously with thy servant Butterflies are happy for our garden. Something coppery there, a Small Heath, and a Wood White skipping, luciform.

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Poem: Friend

10 September 2020 | by RV Bailey | 2 comments

'I never knew you were a Quaker.' | The Chelsea Meeting, Nelson Dawson, 1891.

I never knew you were a Quaker. I might have guessed. A silence in the midst of argument; A pause for thought. A sense that something else was going on Quietly, all the time.

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Unique selling point

20 August 2020 | by Jonathan Wooding

'We shan’t last long. Holiness takes her chances.' | Magda Lukas / Unsplash

Fall of dregs-from-the-wine-vat petals: unprogrammed, let’s say, or aleatory blossom. The thought (today’s) is this: unique selling point of religion is (still) holiness. Petals in blood-spill asymmetry make it more arduous for reason to prevail. Stamens sift rich sand in timbre, shock flakes are tumbled pumpkin.

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‘Caroline provided Virginia with a role model of an independent woman.’

13 August 2020 | by Kersti Wagstaff

Portrait of Virginia Woolf | by George Charles Beresford, 1902.

In Simon Webb’s review of Virginia Woolf’s biography of Roger Fry in the Friend last month, he was right to point out that Virginia Woolf was not a Quaker. But she had much closer contact with Quakerism than is often realised – in particular with something quite like Quakerism...

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For America in a time of a drought

30 July 2020 | by Dana Littlepage Smith

'Alongside the ancient Siberian apple. I offer what I am to the alongside of it.' | Shelley Pauls / Unsplash

The rain in the old cemetery is simple. It falls on yarrow, clover, ragwort dispensing pearls into the grain of day, into the Yorick skull-clot of Devon clay. The tissue of the warm-wooded dead is wormed with the first drop of its showers, runs into the finger-hold of tiny oaks,...

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Ahab in Rehab

16 July 2020 | by Anne Stephens

'But look here: imagine that if as you unpacked these nested dolls they were becoming successively larger rather than smaller.’ | Schwoaze via Wikimedia Commons.

Call me male-ish I enjoyed playing doldrums in our school orchestra. And there weren’t really any significant repercussions until I also took up the Bermuda triangle.

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‘Our own creativity can best come from deliberately-chosen places of quiet and silence.’

FREE 09 July 2020 | by Peter Varney

‘Painting can be a place where the Spirit flows and the painter finds calm.’ | Image courtesy of Peter Varney

Advices & queries 29 tells us that ‘Old age… can… bring serenity.’ But lockdown has taught me that it might be more widely available. The world’s religions frequently suggest we need places of waiting – places where we accept and go with the flow of life. Lao Tzu asks: ‘Do you...

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Busily sculpting my foolish old life

02 July 2020 | by Anne M Jones

'Birdsong, a whole symphony embraces me on my daily bike ride in lovely Peckham Park.' | Corina Rainer / Unsplash.

Busily sculpting my foolish old life, well past sell-by date, Freedoms many: to curse expected trains that were cancelled or late. Adventures worldwide, limitless movement, grateful for all I could shape – Fanned delusional flames of eternal youth.

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Poem: Hope heals*

25 June 2020 | by the children of Dorking Meeting

'Hope is what makes us human' | banner made by the children of Dorking Meeting

Hope is a thing with feathers Hope is trusting and believing Hope is something that someone feels Hope is thinking of sunshine when it’s a cold winter’s day and raining Hope is what makes us human Hope is a light Hope is being determined and happy to do...

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As led

18 June 2020 | by RV Bailey

'This is a Quaker Meeting.' | Helen Cramer / Unsplash.

They are Quakers. So it will not matter That I am late, or that I bring the dog.

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