8th mo. 2016 Blog Posts (15)

"Neighbor"

I think we tend to miss the point of the teaching story misnamed “The Good Samaritan” (Luke 10:25-37).

Almost always our focus is on the people who passed by the “man who fell among thieves” and the one who stopped, instead of on the framing questions by which Jesus signaled the living spirit of the story.

A lawyer asks Jesus how to attain eternal life. When Jesus challenges him to find…

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Added by Mike Shell on 8th mo. 30, 2016 at 10:47pm — No Comments

Internal Memorandum (NPYM IT Committee)

npym-it-discuss content may be forwarded by any subscriber.  I'm sharing a recent memo (by me) here to give a snapshot of a regional body of Beanite branch Friends taking care of IT / business.



From: kirby urner <kirby.urner@gmail.com>

Date: Mon, 29 Aug 2016 12:26:43 -0700

Subject: update on Regional Directory design (future plans)

To: npym-it-discuss <npym-it-discuss@googlegroups.com>…

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Added by Kirby Urner on 8th mo. 30, 2016 at 5:30pm — 15 Comments

Religious Education

Given I'd "glommed on" to Wittgenstein, as my thesis advisor Richard Rorty might have put it, as a user of the verb "to glom," I found myself wandering over to the Religion Department half the time.

Victor Prellar was there, in Religion.  He'd been an Anglican priest in one chapter, I think it was, and now he was sharing Wittgenstein with higher level students.  Princeton includes a small grad school, although it prides itself on its focus on undergrads.  I was invited, as an…

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Added by Kirby Urner on 8th mo. 27, 2016 at 8:30pm — No Comments

North Carolina Yearly Meeting: An ESR Visitor’s Standpoint

ESR's Steve Angell attended this summer's annual sessions of North Carolina Yearly Meeting (FUM), and shares his reflection on the gathering:
In separate conversations, two F(f)riends that I have known for a long time, Brent McKinney and Billy Britt, greeted me…
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Added by Earlham School of Religion on 8th mo. 25, 2016 at 8:30am — No Comments

Offering Refuge to the World's Weary

A "refugee" is "someone seeking refuge" which quickly expands to us all in meditation or prayer. 

Whole communities came to the New World on those dangerous watercraft, seeking liberty, freedom from persecution, the right to be left alone.  Relationships were continued, at a village level.

Thinking of refugee camps as full of solitary individuals, each needing a desk job and a bus pass, a separate singleton existence, is of course unrealistic. 

Extended families often do…

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Added by Kirby Urner on 8th mo. 21, 2016 at 5:00pm — No Comments

What's A Liberal?

I realized somewhat acutely, in some recent discussions here on Q2, that we're sometimes miles apart in our use of terms, without even realizing it sometimes.

In looking over archival copies of what dad and his team put together, for Libya, looking ahead some twenty or more years, I'm impressed by a confidant 1960s, a time of going to the moon. 

Urban planning was something to get a degree in, a new discipline in the US. I was born while dad was finishing up his PhD studies at…

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Added by Kirby Urner on 8th mo. 20, 2016 at 7:30pm — 10 Comments

early Quaker grammar

I find myself working with a George Fox tract, "To All That Would Know the Way to the Kingdom" (p 15 GF Works, volume 4).

Parked in the very first paragraph we find three (3) direct citations of scripture:  John 3:3-8, Revelation 1:9 & Colossians 1:13. Here's something that jumps out at me: he introduces the gospel passage with "Christ saith" but Revelation with "John the divine said" and Colossians with "the apostle said". "Said" is universal past tense of "to say" but "saith"…

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Added by David McKay on 8th mo. 14, 2016 at 9:00am — 6 Comments

Crossing Over Tomorrow

I was driving on Highway 10 southeast of Stevens Point, Wisconsin heading towards Minocqua for a family reunion when a sign said we were crossing the river named Tomorrow. Because the river is old and serpentine, we crossed the Tomorrow three times in the course of just a few miles.   I couldn’t ignore the metaphor or thought: I kissed the future and crossed the river named Tomorrow, three times today.

 It did…

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Added by Michael Soika on 8th mo. 12, 2016 at 1:27pm — No Comments

Disarm Day in PDX (autobiographical)

I don't know about other cities, but Portland-based Oregonians have a penchant for referring to their own fair city, by its three-letter international airport code: PDX. 

You'll see that everywhere, as a part of the branding, right up there with Portlandia -- the statue, not the TV show, though why not share that word, make it more multi-media?…

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Added by Kirby Urner on 8th mo. 10, 2016 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Facts and Lies

If you want someone to believe you, don’t confuse them with the facts.  Instead, help them to feel good about themselves and tell them a short but impactful story.  That’s what Christopher Graves said in an article he wrote in the Harvard Business Review…

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Added by Michael Soika on 8th mo. 8, 2016 at 3:34pm — No Comments

New Abiding Quaker post: "Partaking of the Sufferings"

Man at his coming into the world hath a light from Christ, him by whom the world was made, which is more than conscience; but he that hates the light abides in darkness, and so is not like to receive the spirit, but is reproved with it (The Great Mystery, p.342).

Though everyone who comes into the world has a light from Christ, not all love it, because loving it entails suffering, a dying to the self, the inward crucifixion. Not loving the light has tragic consequences, both…

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Added by Patricia Dallmann on 8th mo. 8, 2016 at 1:32pm — 2 Comments

Sweet Home Costa Rica: How Far Would You Go For Peace?

by Jody Jenkins



How far would you go for your beliefs?



It’s a question more pertinent than ever in today’s globalized world brimming with moral issues easily accessible with the swipe of a fingertip on any smartphone. In a virtual age where tapping a “donate” button equates to activism, how do we decide which causes are really worth risking everything for?

That’s the underlying challenge of …

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Added by Jody Jenkins on 8th mo. 5, 2016 at 3:06pm — No Comments

Kevin Camp Is Donald Trump the Anti-Christ? (No, really)

Donald Trump is many things to many people, most of them rotten to the core. Thinking people rightly see him as a threat to Democracy and basic decency. But you don't have to go to college or be highly educated to see the threat present in his ascent. I see an electorate that is underwhelmed and even discouraged by the major party candidates, but when it comes…

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Added by Kevin Camp on 8th mo. 5, 2016 at 12:49pm — No Comments

The Four Structures of Unprogrammed Quaker Meetings

There are four distinct structural arrangements utilized by unprogrammed Quaker meetings.  Meetings tend to gravitate to one of these, or may use a hybrid structure taken from one or more of these. Here’s my assessment of them.  Which structure does your meeting use, and how does it work for your community of Friends?

Laissez-faire Arrangement

This is where a spiritual core Presence is not a priority at the meeting.  Friends are there basically as individuals to…

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Added by Howard Brod on 8th mo. 4, 2016 at 8:00pm — 13 Comments

Report on annual gathering of New Foundation Fellowship

New Foundation workers and supporters gathered at Ellis and Rebecca Hein's property near Casper, Wyoming, for an annual gathering in Seventh month, 7th through 10th. Seven people attended, two of them new to our gathering. Those attending were Kevin Anderson, Casper; Patricia Dallmann, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Rhonda Fuller, Lansing, Michigan; Ellis Hein, Casper; Rebecca Hein, Casper; Rae Lawrence, Milton-Freewater, Oregon; and Ron Sirkel, Lees Summit, Missouri. On the first evening of…

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Added by Patricia Dallmann on 8th mo. 1, 2016 at 9:17am — No Comments

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