On Reddit: What is the best way to learn about and explore Quakerism until I can attend my first meeting?
A Reddit discussion on preparing for a first Quaker visit:
I’ve realized that despite the many reasons I left Christianity, Jesus has been the guiding force that has lead me to many of the beliefs I now hold that are antithetical to the faith I grew up in. I’m not sure what this means, but I do feel a draw towards Quakerism.
Are Quakers Capable of Planting Churches?
Micah Bales starts a fascinating discussion about new Quaker meetings:
Perhaps the Religious Society of Friends, broadly speaking, simply doesn’t have the body mass to lend its strength to new efforts like ours. Could it be that the only way for Friends of Jesus to come to life is through integration and collaboration with other, more robust and mission-oriented communities, beyond the Quaker fold?
Ninth Circuit Rules Against Quaker War Tax Resister
Court rules that Elizabeth Boardman’s protest is frivolous:
War tax resisters tend to be scrupulous and totally transparent in what they are doing, while tax protesters often engage in behavior, like hiding assets, that makes it difficult to distinguish them from tax evaders. This distinction probably accounts for the extreme rarity of prosecution of war tax resisters for tax crimes.
Inmates at America’s oldest women’s prison rewrite history of its benevolent Quaker founders.
Prisoners researching the history of the institution found that the common story didn’t line up with what they found:
“a feel-good story” about Quaker reformers rescuing women from abuse in men’s prisons and turned it into a darker, more complicated tale.
Meeting for Readings and How to Do Them
C Wess Daniels describes a way to engage the church community:
I’ve found this to be a great practice for churches looking to build group participation and engage with the biblical text in a new way.
How a Small Quaker Group Forced PNC Bank to Stop Financing Mountaintop Removal
George Lakey examines the tactical decisions behind the Quaker environmental groups organizing:
The group made a number of decisions along the way that attracted criticism, even from some who agreed with EQAT that global warming is a threat. EQAT recognized that many Americans are in denial about the class warfare raging around them. Targeting a bank, we though, might help people smell the coffee.
A Shared Worship Space Brings Quakers and Muslims Together
Shared space makes for understanding:
When Quakers and Muslims first discussed the possibility of sharing the same space, both groups found out there were a host of values they shared. Wostal says the two values that stuck with her the most were “peace and spirituality.” She says “[those] are the things that I think of when I think of this group and my interactions with them.”
The line between remebrance and idoloization along Ohio byways
Johan Maurer travels Quaker territory in Ohio
How do we fully enjoy and appropriate this rich heritage without getting sucked into the cult of quakerishness? How do we harvest the lessons without idolizing the teachers?
New blog: Pipeline Pilgrimage
A new blog from a group of New England Friends who are going to march the length of a proposed pipleline:
April 1-12, 2015, a group of Friends (Quakers) are setting off to walk the length of a proposed gas pipeline through Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Quaker led, and open to all.