All Blog Posts Tagged 'activism' (14)

Organizing and Mobilizing in Today's World

We had spent the whole day, the whole conference, really, attaching vocabulary words in permanent marker to self-adhesive poster boards. If you read them, you'd see complicated terms like "hegemony", "Patriarchy", "coded politics", and the ever-popular "capitalism." They demonstrated a…


Added by Kevin Camp on 6th mo. 14, 2015 at 11:00am — 6 Comments

Inward Activism—Outward Prayer

Every morning before I unroll my yoga mat, I have to resist the urge to go online to check the headlines in the New York Times. I catch myself creeping toward the email in- box before I settle into my rocker for a time of meditative journaling. It’s as if I’m on both ends of a tug-of-war rope, pushed and pulled by inward and outward action. It’s not a new struggle for me; I wrote about it here three years ago in my post …


Added by Iris Graville on 10th mo. 15, 2014 at 2:45pm — 4 Comments

An Open Letter to My Meeting

The two hemispheres of my waking life are diametrically opposite. Finding intersection in my work can be managed, even as I notice the contradictions. The feminist and activist side of me wants to shake the world out of its complacency. Feminist discourse can be incredibly forceful, sometimes to…


Added by Kevin Camp on 8th mo. 26, 2014 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

A Prayer for Persistence and Reform

Mr. Camp, it is my professional opinion that you have bipolar disorder.

Many people who have been informed of bad news like this take it differently than I did. They describe their immediate reaction like a punch to the gut, as…


Added by Kevin Camp on 6th mo. 25, 2014 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

The Underground Railroad: Pacifist or Warlike?

Yesterday was Memorial Day. Pacifist religious groups like my own are more inclined to celebrate the acts of those who sought to circumvent war and warlike behavior, instead of their bravery in armed conflict. Ironically enough, I am a…


Added by Kevin Camp on 5th mo. 27, 2014 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

Mutually Assured Destruction

But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.


Without solid facts to support a case, we can only concede that we’ll know it when we see it. Each of us has experienced times where God seems…


Added by Kevin Camp on 5th mo. 12, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments

God's Measure of Success

So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless.- 1 Corinthians 15:56


Sometimes we hesitate to do good because we don't see…


Added by Kevin Camp on 1st mo. 17, 2014 at 10:00am — 4 Comments

The Greatest Among You Will Be Your Servant

For several years I was a Unitarian Universalist. The church I attended saw itself as the hub of activism and artistic talent for the city of my…


Added by Kevin Camp on 11th mo. 15, 2013 at 11:30am — No Comments

Interview with Michael Gagne


I had such a lovely and inspiring interview with Michael Gagne for my piece on Quakers…


Added by Friend Speaks My Mind on 10th mo. 30, 2011 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

Beyond the Dr. King Tape Loop

On this holiday devoted to Martin Luther King, Jr., I hope that we do not forget his full legacy in the proper context. In Meeting yesterday, a Friend's message rather bluntly noted that she is growing tired of the way that King's life has been increasingly presented. Starry-eyed optimists have reduced the man to some sort of inoffensive Santa Claus… Continue

Added by Kevin Camp on 1st mo. 17, 2011 at 10:30am — No Comments

Reformers Should Expect the Unexpected

So many of our causes, passions, and movements could be characterized in terms of David versus Goliath, requiring superhuman strength to set right. At the outset, the odds are stacked against us. Business corruption must not be allowed to metastasize, lest the country be utterly eviscerated by it. Environmental pollutants must not destroy our fragile ecosystem.… Continue

Added by Kevin Camp on 11th mo. 22, 2010 at 8:00am — No Comments

Spreading the Lessons Learned inside the Liberal Buble

Earlier this past week while at Yearly Meeting, I had the opportunity to speak informally at length with several college-aged Young Adult Friends. Most were at least a decade or

so younger than me, and it was interesting to compare how a younger

generation's perspective was both different and similar to that of my

own. We covered a wide variety of subjects in a relatively short period


Added by Kevin Camp on 8th mo. 8, 2010 at 1:55pm — No Comments

The Liberal Gospel: Social Justice or Inward Purity?

Dear Friends,

Much of what I write is meant to reach as broad an audience as possible, so forgive the redundancies.




A Quaker minister recently spoke my mind and, as it turned out, the minds of many. The thrust of his message asserted that we who are people of faith (and… Continue

Added by Kevin Camp on 6th mo. 17, 2010 at 8:30am — 3 Comments

Providing a Way to Encourage the Best in Other People

So much of my life I spend cynically griping about the bad side of human nature. The work I do every day frequently centers around a ceaseless source of constant frustration. Seeking strategies to reform destructive behaviors is the basic skill set of many professions and basic activism. Influencing people so that they might understand the correct means of conducting their lives is a substantial challenge and a constant energy drain. I'm sure… Continue

Added by Kevin Camp on 5th mo. 1, 2010 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

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