Steven Davison on Friends and social media outreach
Davison looks at the role of Quaker outreach on social media networks
Friends are pretty far behind the curve with social media. But we could be experimenting more and asking those who are involved more to share their interest and energy with the meeting.
Kevin Camp: Many Parts, One Body
Kevin warns against judging others’ faith paths:
It bothers me when people rank faiths, ascribing some to have great value and others to have none whatsoever. It shows how embittered and critical some are towards organized religion
Craig Barnett: Authority and Leadership
Craig untangles leadership and the tyranny of structurelessness among Friends:
If a newcomer wants to find out ‘who is in charge’, they may be bewildered to learn that decisions are made by a voteless process of collective discernment by the whole community of Friends.
Andrew Lane: Targeted action needed to tackle Racism
The Quaker Council for European Affairs looks at the racial problems that arise when police force demographics don’t match the general population:
A multi-ethnic police workforce is vital to ensure that the public recognise the police as a service that exists for everyone.
Paul Ricketts: A reflection on Quakers, Christianity and racial justice
When struggles of racial politics leaves us wounded, do we continue on?
Quaker statements and attitudes are written in their hearts and ways of living. Unfortunately for many of us of color these attitudes and behaviors have left many scars and wounds.
Rebecca Hein: We Are Not Stuck in Sin
Because God never lays on us more than we can bear, those required actions are both simple and possible. All we have to do is perform them.
Roger Vincent Jaisitis: God and Obscurity
An important point of Quakerism is that God is not an oracle that needs to be interpreted by a priest or minister. You yourself can receive a message from the Spirit.
Brent Bill: Fallowness and Quaker Renewal
Brent spins out a prairie metaphor to suggest that meetings are resting and preparing for new activity:
It seems to me that many Quaker meetings are like a fallow prairie at rest. Their spiritual soil is not dead. It has just been quiescent, like a field out of production.
Justimore Musombi reports back from the FLGBTQC Mid-Winter Gathering
The Kenyan Friend and ESR student visited the Quaker LGBT gathering and shared the Bible and homosexuality based on the Kenyan context.
There are times when it is hard for me to be productive with God in my mind because I get caught up with mundane things. The solution I was presented during the worship sharing groups was that I need to let go that which holds me back and hinders God’s spirit to be manifested in my life.
Danny Coleman looks for the Evangelical’s response to Uganda
I can only conclude that such cruelty is ok with these folks, as long as it is directed not towards Christians per se but towards persons who are gay. What has gone on in Uganda gives a bit of insight into the perils of theocracy,