I Can’t Breathe: A (Short) Letter to My Quaker Community
Scott Holmes on our complicity:
Many, if not most of our Quaker Meeting, benefit from the privilege. My experience of privilege is blindness to the suffering inequality of people of color and other vulnerable communities. Privilege is the experience of opportunities, unavailable to others. My sense of safety and belonging are privileged.
More than just a Sunday club?
Mark Russ looks at a recent gathering on Quaker renewal: “Are we spending too much time trying to reform the beast, and too little time building counter-cultural communities outside the walls of Babylon? How can an hour on Sunday be anywhere near enough to create a gathered people strong enough to resist the seductive lure of empire?”
The joy of Quaker theology
Steven Davison thinks we should talk about our beliefs: “I get such joy from the life of the mind. And Quaker theology in particular gives me sublime pleasure. I love reading and learning and thinking and teaching and talking about Quaker tradition and the dynamics of Quaker community life. Likewise for the Bible.”
A common spiritual tongue?
Craig Barnett is searching for a vocabulary: “ A shared language doesn’t imply uniformity of thought or belief. A shared spiritual vocabulary allows us to share our experiences, to support, encourage and challenge each other, and to engage in common practices and dialogues within a diverse community.”
Modern Quakers on voluntary simplicity and tax resistance
The Picket Line blog points out two new articles: “The latest issue of Friends Journal has some articles on people who voluntarily live on a low income, for reasons that include tax resistance. ”
Reclaiming the Quaker Apocalyptic Tradition
Matt Hisrich looks to recover some of our early inspiration:
Friends could reclaim some of this spirit of the apocalyptic today and speak powerfully and impactfully to the broader culture. This is a world in which unheard of things are happening and traditional narratives are breaking down.