Was it about the effectiveness of the Quaker lobbying group, the Friends Committee on National Legislation?
Was it about the fact that there are far more…
Primitive Christianity Revived, Again
OK, so let's get started. I remember the day in 1986 when I stood up before a fresh class of Friends Academy (Locust Valley, NY) 7th graders and started to teach Quakerism for the first time. And since the early Friends writings that had been so critical to me in returning to Christ were so inaccessible to young readers, I decided to just use the biblical narrative to introduce them to Quakerism. We started talking about the Bible as if it were just another book you would take off the shelf,…Continue
Added by Kenneth Lawrence Schroeder on 4th mo. 14, 2011 at 10:33am — No Comments
Being from Brooklyn, I came to manure late in life. By that I mean in my 30's when I started reading Organic Gardening magazine. Free is good, I thought. So at first I picked up some free manure from a local horse owner. Good stuff but along with my tomatoes were an awful lot of weeds. There had to be something better and off I went to the local nursery where it wasn't free but it was close to dirt cheap. And it was sterilized - no weeds, no hay!
A few years ago when I first…Continue
Added by James C Schultz on 4th mo. 12, 2011 at 9:30pm — No Comments
Recently, I've had the gift of giving a fair amount of ministry on First Days. This seems to be a new chapter in my spiritual life - I don't assume it is going to last, but I am enjoying it (mostly). The ministries often combine prose, poetry and singing. At the request of several friends I've started recording them into poetry-format (not the same as what is actually coming out), and thought I would post some of them here.... among other musings.
I know little about…Continue
Added by Peterson Toscano on 4th mo. 10, 2011 at 3:00pm — No Comments
Last night, in memory of a Friend who died suddenly, shockingly earlier in the week, we held a small Memorial Service for those who knew him best. One Friend in attendance noted that, in addition to the…Continue
Yesterday I wrote the first of a four part review of Glen Retief’s The Jack Bank, A Memoir of a South African Childhood, and shared an excerpt about the shadowy sense of privilege the author sensed as a child, but could not name.…Continue
Added by Peterson Toscano on 4th mo. 7, 2011 at 9:13pm — No Comments
Jazzed up on my performance enhancement drug of choice (Trung Nguyen Vietnamese coffee brewed in my Bialetti Italian stove top espresso maker) I begin a four-part review of Glen Retief's new book, The Jack Bank, A Memoir of a South African Childhood.
[Full Disclosure: I have slept with the author. In…Continue
Added by Peterson Toscano on 4th mo. 6, 2011 at 12:41pm — No Comments
I have been in Chicago for the past week and will be in that city all through April, while I transition into my new job as the Christian Peacemaker Teams personnel cordinator. This past weekend I went to a wondeful United Church of Christ congregation and was amazed to find so many things I long to see within the Quaker context, even in progresive and convergent USA.
This church has a mission statement as tangible and spelled out as I…Continue
Added by Rick Seifert on 4th mo. 4, 2011 at 9:24pm — No Comments
I was reading Ashley W's short post about what she perceived as a generation gap between her and the older members of her meeting. The topic seemed familiar but being a 70 year old convinced Quaker I knew it wasn't age alone that she was running into but something more problematical.
In the 13th chapter of the Gospel of Luke, starting at the 6th verse, Jesus tells the story of a…Continue
Well folks . . . just when life gets back to normal . . . another heretic has popped up. And we have reports that the new kid is a first cousin to the bug eater. Now the new kid is crazier than his cousin . . . because our sources tell us the new kid is preaching the same heretical nonsense about making a straight road to God. What is in the water that these people are drinking?
We have done a back round check…Continue
Added by Rickey D. Whetstone on 4th mo. 3, 2011 at 9:00am — No Comments
I won two of my senior class category polls in a class of 185 students. I was the winner of the shortest male student and the shyest. And the fact of the matter was I was not the shortest and I was not the shyest. Another student in my class was the shyest . . . he would never talk to anyone . . . the reason that I won the student poll was . . . I had red hair. I could not hide. I weighed 102 lbs. at graduation.
I am a middle school teacher. Our lives as teachers are models, whether we want them to be or not. The children notice everything about us. They even notice the things we don't notice about ourselves. Their gaze is like cold, clear water that washes away the self-created fictions of adults and bares us for exactly who we are. They assess us from eaves to foundation. It can be soul-crushing, as anyone who has been on the receiving end of a 13-year old girl's sarcasm knows. The only…Continue
Added by Laura Katherine on 4th mo. 1, 2011 at 2:48pm — No Comments