Friday, October 26, 2007

The Hubble Quaker Posters

Deployed April 25, 1990 from the space shuttle Discovery, the Hubble Space Telescope is one of the largest and most complex satellites ever built. Hubble's deployment culminated more than 30 years of research by NASA and other scientists. The telescope is named for American astronomer Edwin P. Hubble, who first discovered that countless island cities of stars and galaxies dwell far beyond our Milky Way.

The Hubble Space Telescope is our window seat to the universe. Hubble has provided us with front row seats to fragments of a comet slamming into Jupiter and stars being born in huge craggy towers of cold dark gas.

The importance of those discoveries parallels the significance of messages which have been at the core, and at the periphery of Quaker thinking. Where the Hubble explores the depth of our physical universe, so do these messages open a way to our spiritual universe.

Jim Rose, the Hubble Quaker, has worked for over twenty years with the Space Telescope Science Institute which operates the Hubble telescope for NASA. Stunned by the beauty of the Hubble images, he was led to combine those graphic statements with messages which express Quaker concerns.

Images sized up to 16x24 inches can be found at:

Each of the images has an accompanying quotation:
Teilhard de Chardin:
Starting from an inherited spark of light,
the world during all my life
and by means of my life
has gradually become
entirely luminous from within.

George Fox:
I saw, also, that there was an ocean
of darkness and death; but an infinite
ocean of light and love, which flowed
over the ocean of darkness. In that
also I saw the infinite love of God
and I had great openings.

George Fox:
Be patterns, be examples in all countries,
places, islands, nations, wherever you come,
that your carriage and life may preach among
all sorts of people, and to them;

then you will come to walk cheerfully over the world,
answering that of God in everyone.
Rufus Jones:
What we are, and what we experience,
vastly transcends our knowledge about it:
reality overflows at every point
our categories of description.

Our full self, our real self, radiates out
from a central pulse of consciousness,
which is in the focus of attention,
and the part of the self that gets focalized
and reduced to conceptual knowledge
is only a very tiny fragment.
George Fox:
Stand still in that which shows and discovers
and then doth strength immediately come.
And stand still in the light, and submit to it,
and the other will be hush'd and gone;
and then content comes.
Marianne Williamson:
Our deepest fear
is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear
is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness,
that most frightens us.
George Fox, 1668
Live in the light, which was before darkness was,
and the power of it; in which light is also your
everlasting fellowship; and in this you will know
God's dwelling, which is in the light
Carl Jung:
One does not become enlightened
by imagining figures of light,
but by making the darkness conscious.
George Fox:
You will say, Christ saith this,
and the apostles say that,
but what canst thou say? 
Art thou a child of the Light
and has walked in the light,
and what thou speakest,
is it inwardly from God