Primitive Christianity Revived, Again
Steven Davison starts a list of reasons for what he sees as Quaker decline: “There’s a lot of ground to cover, and I’ve thought about it a lot, so I have a lot to say. But my thoughts are not all that well organized. Every time I choose a place to begin, it starts branching out immediately, and folding back, and connecting to other threads of thought.”
"We need to open our doors, invite the world in and heartily embrace friends from all sectors of society!"
Craig Barnett writes of the shift towards an individualist approach to our outward values: “Instead of a collective public witness that Quakers will not take part in lotteries or tell a lie, we now expect to interpret for ourselves the very general ‘shared values’ of Simplicity, Truth, Equality and Peace.”
Roger Vincent Jasaitis explains why we might want to avoid sarcasm: “There is another part of modern speech that goes by without much notice. It is sarcasm, the use of language which on the face of a situation appear to be appropriate, but is meant to be understood as meaning the opposite of what is said, usually in a negative or destructive way. Sarcasm is ridicule.”
Zachary Dutton explains why we should sometimes hold the onions: “Sometimes, we decide that, although the objection is important, we will, “leave it off the pizza,” as it were.”
Head of school Matt Glendinning stars in a Frozen parody that’s almost reached 350,000 views. “We could make you come to school, but that would just be mean.”
An interesting advice column on a Quaker who converted to Judaism and is considering reverting: “I was raised Quaker and now that I my children are grown and my house is quiet I have found myself longing to return to worship with them. I feel guilty about this, but also excited.”
"I believe that God is deconstructing our current structures and challenging us to listen up in new ways. Our job is to open ourselves to the new world God is trying to inspire."
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