Quaker grey, Bolivian style
Nancy Thomas shows off some fancy shawls:
A beautiful shawl tells people, “I’ve arrived. I’m important.” If the Quaker value for understatement and plainness is to catch on here, it has to come from within the culture, not imposed from the outside. In the meantime, I, personally, enjoy the display.
A Methodist take on clearness committees
Danny E Morris tries out the Quaker practice in his Methodist church:
The clearness committee was introduced to our congregation through a sermon on Communion Sunday. The history of its origin, the unique features that give it spiritual power, and a step-by-step description of the process were essential elements of the initial introduction.
Equality and employee fairness
Gordon Ferguson writes of pickets at London’s Friend House:
There is a world of difference between being nice to people and treating them equally, and at the end of the day Friends House Hospitality are merely ‘unprofitable servants’ doing their duty by by law and good practice.
Living in a Time of Crisis
From Mike Farley
How can one little person make any difference in so great an issue, and in any case, how can anyone, individually or collectively, know what might make a difference? The answer seems to me to be found in the silence that lies at the heart of all we do as Friends – that lies at the heart, in fact, of all experiential faith of whatever era or persuasion.
Peterson Toscano interview
A radio interview with the Quaker performance artist and Bible scholar.
Learning To Embrace the Hybrid Jew – Forward.com
A response to a recent advice column from a birthright Friend who had converted to Judaism for her marriage:
Both-and, not either-or. Not only is this not “not being Jewish,” it’s how more and more Jews actually are Jewish today. Hybridization is a fact.
Talking about white privilege at a NY Quaker school:
The New York Times profiles race and class discussions at NYC’s Friends Seminary:
overarching theme of the day was identity, privilege and power. And it was part of a new wave of diversity efforts that some of the city’s most elite private schools are undertaking.
Prayer changes everything?
The source of prayer, from Mike Farley:
It seems to me that prayer is a word that still gives pause to Friends, as it does sometimes to those who have no religious background, or any! Prayer appears to imply – etymologically if…
The Friendly Seeker: Not Outrunning One’s Light
Lynn Fitz-Hugh on leadings with unexpected outcomes:
Quakers have a saying about not out running a leading or outrunning one’s Light. This is kind of like advanced math, in order to understand it you have to be able to understand some basic…