Friends Community of Practice Rekindles the Fire of Fox

By Pamela Boyce Simms
Photo: Quattro Vageena

WE ARE STANDING at the threshold of a potential evolutionary leap in spiritual consciousness. In our lifetimes, a tipping point of the planetary population will have an unprecedented opportunity to let go of outworn ways of living that no longer serve us and our planet. We can help birth an emergent, more compassionate and environmentally resilient future. Yet fear stands between many of us and that eventuality.

Quaker Pathways Forward – Rekindling the Fire of Fox, a Friends’ community of practice, emerged from the recognition that evolutionary leaps in consciousness don’t happen by osmosis or external actions alone. Quakers from Bellingham, Washington to Tampa, Florida and from Ontario, Canada to Belize have therefore come together to hone our inner vision, and re-center ourselves in the fire of early Friends who took the mystery out of mysticism and lived their lives as transparent conduits for the Light.

Among our intents are to: 1) dissolve debilitating fears including fear of ecological destruction, 2)  learn to experience still-point consciousness (the realm of light) on an ongoing sustained basis in our everyday lives, and 3) bring exponentially enhanced clarity into our meetings and activism.

Two (f)Friends, Howard Hawhee of Austin (TX) Friends, South Central Yearly Meeting, and Christopher Sammond of Poplar Ridge Friends, New York Yearly Meeting, share their community of practice stories here.

For information on how to participate in the Quaker Pathways Forward – Rekindling the Fire of Fox community of practice, send me an email at pbs9@georgetown.edu.Your can also read more in New York Yearly Meeting’s Spark newsletter.

WE ARE STANDING at the threshold of a potential evolutionary leap in spiritual consciousness. In our lifetimes, a tipping point of the planetary population will have an unprecedented opportunity to let go of outworn ways of living that no longer serve us and our planet. We can help birth an emergent, more compassionate and environmentally resilient future. Yet fear stands between many of us and that eventuality.

Pamela Boyce-Simms