Finding the Light Online

Quakerism and the internet - page 2

Day 4 - Thursday, July 3, 1997

The Wednesday evening Worship Sharing in the on-line chat room went well. We are planning to hold another meeting this evening at 10 pm. We all met on Kissing Rock, where we had worship in the warm morning sun. There were no jackhammers or chainsaws, so we could enjoy the chirping birds.

In class, the group learned how to search news articles using AltaVista and HotBot. Using all the search tools that we'd learned, the class explored the internet, looking for web pages and newsgroups that had a bit of the light. During the worship section, members had many good things to share, such as:

Later in the day, I received e-mail from Dave Smith, who invited us to visit his Quaker web site in Britain:, and William D. Sharp regarding Bucks Quarterly Meeting. We've been getting lots of mail.

Day 5 - Friday, July 4th, 1997

During our final meeting for worship on Kissing Rock, we acknowledged that all things come from the Creator, including the minds of men and women who could design the technology. The Creator also created the elemental silicon that makes the chips that makes the computers. The question is: what do we do with these creations?

Our final "surfing" session was the last chance for members to find what they're seeking on the internet. I spent the majority of the session authoring these pages. Here are the results from our week of searching:

Light Online which was found

Tom Wolfe came up with some good information about Buddhism for Friends. Jim Morgan spent his time looking for web sites on worship, meditation, visual and image.

Claire's Page (she wrote it herself!).

JE put together a page of links, including an original GIF, called Surfing Towards the Light.

Tom Yamaguchi and Virginia were led to find pages on "spiritual ecology.". Tom also made contact with Peaceweb: A Quaker Home Page on Peace, a nice site from up in Ottawa Monthly Meeting.

Barbara Dinhofer collected some bookmarks on the growth and nature of the neo-militia movement and cats.

Christopher Gwyn built his page about Quakerism, Truth, and Digital Security. It has links, and also a good original essay on the issues of identity. Are you who you say you are?

Clarence Parker found Quaker Links, including a Quaker Handbook.

Harold Saunders collected a massive list of bookmarks on War Tax Resistance, the Draft, Peace Studies, and Mental Health.

John Bell collected bookmarks, with Quaker and Buddhist resources, including "man created god in his own image."

Lorena Jeanne Tinker collected some bookmarks on World Peace and same-sex marrages.

Mary Calhoun found links about famous Japanese architect Kisho Kurokawa and philosopher Martin Heidegger (1889-1976).

Roberta Nichols created a set of links for Psychology Self Help Resources and prison ministry.

Sandra Reid's collection of websites covers Women's health, Islamic Prayer, Herbal Wisdom, and many more.

Tom and Virginia worked together to make a wonderful page on Spiritual Ecology.

Virginia also has her own Spiritual page.

Leader...Paul W. Shaffer