Sunday, March 12, 2006

Thoughts and sayings from Quakers

John Woolman, the Quaker anti-slavery campaigner, wrote, in the eighteenth century:

"To say that we love God and at the same time exercise cruelty toward the least creature is a contradiction in itself."

A modern day Quaker, Audrey Urry, wrote in Quaker Faith & Practice in 1994:

All species and the Earth itself have interdependent roles within Creation. Humankind is not the species to whom all others are subservient, but one among many. All parts, all issues, are inextricably intertwined. Indeed, the web of creation could be described as of three-ply thread: wherever we touch it we affect justice and peace and the health of all everywhere. So all our testimonies, all our Quaker
work, all our Quaker lives are part of one process, of striving towards a flourishing, just and peaceful Creation - the Kingdom of God.

Monday, March 06, 2006

Wonderful

"Wonderful are the animated beings and their distinctions, their forms and their colours. Wonderful are the creatures that go about naked. Wonderful are the winds, and the waters, and the fires that play wonders. Wonderful is the earth, and the sources of production." Asa - ki - Vaar, Guru Nanak, Guru Granth Sahib