Some yearly meetings are embracing new communications--Northwest Yearly Meeting in the U.S. definitely wins the prize on this. But many--well, most--are indifferent and clueless. A lot of Quaker clerks and administrators barely know what's happening outside of the long-established committee structures.

Some of the DIY projects don't need large-scale institutional support. Which is good, because most yearly meetings wouldn't know how to provide that support or spiritual guidance. What does it mean when Friends feel they need to bypass our established institutions in order to engage in ministry and organizing which they feel called to? And how can we bridge the gap between the DIY start-ups and our long-established Quaker bodies?

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Among the difficulties is the "stuckness" of institutions -- and the penchant for preserving "what has always been" -- at the same time many Friends' bodies are tinkering with structures... on average every 15-20 years...

 

What's that phrase "Quench not the Spirit?"

 

I'm actually delighted to the effervescence.  There's some very alive water out there...The challenge is to recall -- constantly -- Whose we are and to Whom we are all accountable.

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