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Gender Variance and Amputated Hairdryers

Originally posted on my blog.



Diana, an openly transgender woman (a male to female trans activist) on her blog considers the question:



What does gender variance mean?

That question was asked on a forum that I read and of course, I took it literally. I answered in part… “To…
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Added by Peterson Toscano on 8th mo. 13, 2009 at 11:27am — No Comments

Transgender Bible Characters--The Power of Narrative

(originally posted on my blog)



I've been listening to a great podcast--Mandrake Society Radio and in particular to an interview with Steven G. Fullwood, founder of the Black Gay/Lesbian Archive, located in the Schomberg Center for Black Culture in… Continue

Added by Peterson Toscano on 8th mo. 11, 2009 at 6:32pm — No Comments

Further thoughts...

Last week's post generated some very interesting responses and reactions, not only online but in person.



One F/friend told me that she liked that fact that, when she comes to Meeting, she knows she is with people who have thought about their faith, and that our beliefs are not 'dumbed down', and I know just what she means. I think part of the reason for the current Quaker demographic is the tendency for people only to find us after some kind of spiritual search, after a lot of… Continue

Added by Heather Cawte on 8th mo. 10, 2009 at 12:25pm — No Comments

Did you know about the other "flibbetycues"?

I think it's Peterson Toscano who says that he likes to call the "FLGBTQC" the flibbetycues (or something like that) because the actual acronym is so awkward. He was talking, of course, about the "Friends for Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender and Queer Concerns".



How many people know that "FLGBTQC" could also be the acronym of another group, one that might have a surprising amount of overlap with the one that Peterson refers to. What group is that? "Fun Loving Gregarious Bible Toting… Continue

Added by Rich Accetta-Evans on 8th mo. 7, 2009 at 9:48am — 5 Comments

The Jewels of Quakerism Project: All Weekly Surveys, Responses, and Videos

The Jewels of Quakerism Project is a four-fold endeavor undertaken by Callid and Kristina Keefe-Perry.





First. the Jewels of Quakerism is the name of a course taught for six weeks during the Summer of 2009 at the Pendle Hill Quaker Retreat Center in Wallingford, PA. That class will focus on another "Jewel" each week, showcasing the Keefe-Perry's understanding of what makes Quakerism particular and powerful. The Pendle Hill description of their class can… Continue

Added by Callid Keefe-Perry on 8th mo. 5, 2009 at 9:30am — 8 Comments

Quaker Accessories and Jubilee Activity: NEYM Day Two

(Originally posted on August 1, 2009 at my blog.)

Young Friends gather at NEYM 09



Today we saw the official start of the 349th annual gathering of the New England Quakers (NEYM) with the theme Living Into Jubilee. As part of on-going worshipful discussions the organizers have encouraged all participants to consider the Biblical practice of Jubilee, letting fields go fallow for a… Continue

Added by Peterson Toscano on 8th mo. 4, 2009 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Quaker Superheros







I was looking at what came up on an image search for "quakers" and this came up. Someone has grouped comic book characters by religion. Quakers get lumped with Radical Pacifists so it is funny that Nixon is in there. According to Wikipedia the Moon characters were villains who were described as "radical pacifist terrorists” apparently they went around destroying military equipment in "a misguided effort to end all… Continue

Added by Rachel Dean on 8th mo. 4, 2009 at 2:25am — No Comments

How the Quaker Teens Blew Up My Heart: NEYM Day 1

(originally posted on my blog July 31st, 2009)



I have decided to write daily about this year's NEYM to share some thoughts, observations, "found poems," and news. I hope that both Quakers and non-Quakers will appreciate these updates.



I first attended this gathering of about 700 Quakers from all over New England in August 2002. I had only just begun attending Quaker Meeting in the fall of 2001 soon… Continue

Added by Peterson Toscano on 8th mo. 3, 2009 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Are UK Quakers elitist?

Something is bugging me, and has been doing so for a while now. Are we (especially in Britain) elitist? I don't mean intentionally - quite the reverse! - but from what I read, see and hear from other Friends, UK Quakers are predominantly white, middle-aged, middle-class, educated and left-wing. I include myself in this - that describes me absolutely. But Quakerism has so much to offer everyone, and I am concerned that we're not getting the message out beyond our own circle.



We… Continue

Added by Heather Cawte on 8th mo. 3, 2009 at 11:52am — 4 Comments

The Christian Thing, Part Deux

I want to provide some context that may shed light on what I intended to say, but apparently failed to communicate to some.



In 2007, I became involved with the Christian and Interfaith Relations Committee of FGC. We are the caretakers of FGC's relationships to other religious bodies. One of the key relationships we have is with the World Council of Churches, an association of many of the largest Protestant and Orthodox Christian denominations. During a work meeting on an ecumenical… Continue

Added by Charley Earp on 8th mo. 2, 2009 at 12:11am — 1 Comment

More about my recent dream of NYYM

At the risk of over-analyzing it, I have written some more about my recent dream and the responses of Friends who read my original post about it. See my new post here.

Added by Rich Accetta-Evans on 7th mo. 31, 2009 at 4:20pm — No Comments

The Christian Thing (or Long Live the Christian Left!)

Though I am an ex-Christian nontheist Quaker, I am committed to accepting and promoting the Christian norms of liberal Quakerism. Some Quakers see a renewal of the Christian character of Quakerism as a survival necessity. Christians are the majority in our culture and if liberal Quakers are going to grow, they reason, the largest pool of potential new Quakers are Christians.



My own take on this is that in our majority Christian culture, there is an immense need for progressive… Continue

Added by Charley Earp on 7th mo. 31, 2009 at 1:15am — 2 Comments

Toby Jacobrown files suit against the Selective Service System

My cousin has just filed suit against the selective service system and it was written up in the Washington Post today. He does a good job of presenting his case in a video post on the site so I will let him do the talking. I hope that we in the online Quaker community can think of ways that we can make this issue more publicly recognized through Toby's action. Do you agree with how he's going about it? Not? Give him support or suggestion on his site below.



Dear friend,



I… Continue

Added by Evan on 7th mo. 30, 2009 at 1:33am — 2 Comments

Strangers in a strange land

I recently managed to find a copy of Jessamyn West's A Quaker Reader, a collection of all kinds of classic (and more unusual) Quaker texts by one of my favourite authors. I've been reading a lengthy extract from George Fox's Journal, and these few sentences struck me very forcibly:



...as I was walking upon the top of the bank there came…
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Added by Heather Cawte on 7th mo. 27, 2009 at 7:22pm — No Comments

My dream about Yearly Meeting

I recently posted an entry on my Brooklyn Quaker blog about a dream I had concerning New York Yearly Meeting. The URL is here:
http://brooklynquaker.blogspot.com/2009/07/my-dream-about-yearly-meeting.html
(Please ignore the grammatical typos).

Added by Rich Accetta-Evans on 7th mo. 27, 2009 at 4:00pm — No Comments

"Bridging ALERT"

One Minute for Peace BRIDGING ALERT!





The Bridge Film Festival and the American Friends Service Committee are excited to announce a new "Bridge" for this year's festival. In connection with the AFSC's One Minute for Peace Campaign, all PSA's submitted to this year's Bridge Film Festival that… Continue

Added by Andrew Swartley Cohen on 7th mo. 22, 2009 at 7:46am — No Comments

Obey Jesus Christ or the Government

Obey Jesus Christ or the Government

By Tony Soldo



All true Christians must disconnect themselves from all organized groups of men who's purpose is to control, judge, punish, interfere with, other men. This includes all governments, business corporations, and even religions.

The only form of government that true Christians submit themselves to is the Kingdom of Heaven, which true Christians are citizens of, and Jesus Christ is the only authority and King, and Jesus commands… Continue

Added by Tony Soldo on 7th mo. 22, 2009 at 1:03am — 3 Comments

Peacemaking & Trinitarian Communion

I should give credit to "Quaker Oats Live" blogger Cherice for inspiring me to write on this topic.



For the past two years I have been involved with the Christian and Interfaith Relations Committee (CIRC) of FGC. As I visited various program committees of FGC Central Committee, I found that the sorts of business and discussions being carried out by CIRC excited and nourished me deeply.



(To disclose my personal biases, I will mention that I was born a Pentecostal, converted… Continue

Added by Charley Earp on 7th mo. 17, 2009 at 2:00am — 9 Comments

come along! 5-6 pm, 16th of July, Trafalgar Square, or look on the 'One and Other' site.

POEM for those left standing...



'I am a person stuck with unrequested labels, Northern, female

Short-sighted, red-haired, maladroit

I worked for others, as a student, parent, activist, poet

Some labels I aspired to: Quaker, world traveller, true artist, cook

And others came from cruel authority,

Dispensed regardless…’too disabled’... to be me

That closed some minor official’s little book

Upon my whole life’s purpose…

But I live for human rights… Continue

Added by Rosemary Rimmer-Clay on 7th mo. 12, 2009 at 10:13am — 5 Comments

Poem for those left standing

POEM for those left standing...



'I am a person stuck with unrequested labels, Northern, female

Short-sighted, red-haired, maladroit

I worked for others, as a student, parent, activist, poet

Some labels I aspired to: Quaker, world traveller, true artist, cook

And others came from cruel authority,

Dispensed regardless…’too disabled’... to be me

That closed some minor official’s little book

Upon my whole life’s purpose…

But I live for human rights… Continue

Added by Rosemary Rimmer-Clay on 7th mo. 12, 2009 at 9:58am — 2 Comments

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