Each issue of What Canst Thou Say? is organized around a particular theme. Use the following themes and associated queries to spur your creativity and organize your thoughts. Then send us your story!
Aug 2017 Conflict in Meetings
Nov 2017 Sexuality and Spirituality
Feb 2018 Nudges
May 2018 Other Lives
August 2017 Conflict in Meetings
Editor: Mike Resman
Deadline: May 15, 2017
Friends may respond to a person presenting a difficulty by direct discussion, appeasement, taking sides, shunning, sweeping it under the rug, or simply leaving, or sometimes all of the above. Occasionally, an elder may kindly and clearly nip a problem in the bud. What caused the conflict in your meeting? How was the situation resolved, or not resolved? What seemed to be the long-term outcome for the spiritual health of the meeting? What are your reflections on your meeting’s experience?
November 2017 Sexuality and Spirituality
Editor: Betty Brody with Judy Lumb
Deadline: August 15, 2017
“What is your beloved more than any other, O fairest of women? … My beloved is fair and ruddy, a paragon among ten thousand. … His whispers are sweetness itself, wholly desirable.” Song of Songs 5:9-16 (New English Version). Is it possible that Spirit wants us to bring all of ourselves to relationship with Itself? Is it possible to have a full relationship with Spirit without including our sexuality? Have you experienced sexual arousal during any of your spiritual practices? Can sexual practices stimulate spiritual growth?
February 2018 Nudges
Editor: Earl Smith
Take heed, dear Friends, to the promptings of love and truth in your hearts. Trust them as the leadings of God whose Light shows us our darkness and brings us to new life. (Quaker Faith and Practice, Britain, 1955, Advices.)
How has God been nudging you into faithfulness? Did you write a letter after days of uneasiness and find it changed the course of the debate? Did you "happen" to call a friend just when she needed you?" God is ever guiding us – what nudges have you experienced? Deadline November 15, 2017
May 2018 Other Lives
Guest Editor: Rhonda Ashurst
Do you sense you had an earlier life--perhaps a dream set in another time and place, in which you are someone else? Have you met someone, or been in a place or a culture, unfamiliar and yet eerily familiar? Have you experienced yourself in another lifetime, another personality? Is there work in this life that began in an earlier life? Is your work now enhanced (or not) by your sense of an unfinished task from that earlier life? Deadline February 15, 2018