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I can to live for Jesus in every way.
You'll see where I fail, fall short and fall flat on my face. Then you'll see Jesus pick me up and keep going.
Friday, March 10, 2017
Quaker Women Series: Joan Mary Fry
“Quakerism is nothing unless it
be... a practical showing that the spiritual and material spheres are not
divided”. Joan Mary Fry
Mary Fry (27 July, 1862 – 25 November, 1955) was born into a wealthy Quaker
family in London;
where she was a member of London Yearly Meeting and where she later died.
(2010) describes her as “a social activist, Joan is also a pioneer vegetarian,
biblical scholar, prison chaplain to conscientious objectors and organizer of
food aid to Germany
in 1919.” The Royal Mail honored Joan
for her life of selflessness with a stamp in 2012 (pictured right). She served as clerk of the
Friends Allotment Committee for twenty years (1931-1951).
also the first woman to give the Swarthmore lecture in 1910, on the eve of
Yearly Meeting. The title of Joan’s
lecture was, “Communion of Life.” While
I do not have access to the entire lecture, I was able to read snippets of it:
lecture, she said, attempts to ‘show clearly the intimate connection of
religion and ordinary affairs.’ She continued: ‘Quakerism is nothing unless it
is a communion of life, a practical showing that the spiritual and material
spheres are not divided, but are as the concave and the convex sides of one
whole, and that the one is found in and through the other.’ (Morgan 2010)
words in 1915, regarding peace, also struck me hard; with so much unrest today,
when the Unthinking are saying that the ideal of peace is impossible, it is,
for some, the paramount duty so to think as to make that ideal more real than
it ever has been.”
writing is used on October 11, in the devotional, “A Time to Reflect: 365
as mind, soul, and even body grow still, sinking deeper and deeper into the
life of God, the pettiness, the tangles, the failures of the outer life begin
to be seen in their true proportions, and the sense of the divine infilling,
uplifting, redeeming Love becomes real and illuminating. Things are seen and known that are hidden to
the ordinary faculties. This state is
not merely one of quiescence; the soul is alive, active, vigorous, yet so still
that it hardly knows how intense its own vital action.
thrilled to find a BBC interview with Sybil Oldfield, who wrote a biography on
Joan Mary Fry: Joan Mary was the only woman allowed into military camps to see
the treatment of conscientious objectors. She came from a very sheltered background;
chaperoned until her thirties, living at home until she was in her forties, and
not going to a theater until she was in
her sixties. These things did not bother
Joan, though. What mattered was that she
was a “practicing Quaker; serving people.” You can watch it here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00pf298.
words sum up her life well, “a practicing Quaker, serving people.”
Radio 4 - Woman's Hour, Fascinating Mummies at the NationalMuseum