Primitive Christianity Revived, Again
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.
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.
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.
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.
On the Pedals and Seeds blog, starting with violence:
Let’s begin with something basic for the next 5 years: Can we eliminate aggressive violence? This is not the same as establishing peace, but let’s start somewhere.
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.”
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?
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