Susanne K: Liberal White Guilt and the Quaker Peace Testimony
. 'The original [peace testimony] texts actually don’t address the impact of physical violence on its victims. Instead, the writers say they are willing to accept physical suffering if that is the consequence of refusing to engage in violent actions that would make them morally guilty.'…
Added by QuakerQuaker on 10th mo. 19, 2010 at 9:40am —
Eileen Flanagan: Living in 'Right Relationship' with Creation
. Because Quakerism is a decentralized faith, Quakers don't have a common doctrine or creed, though the belief that there is "that of God in everyone" undergirds many Quaker traditions, such as opposition to war and concern for the least powerful. In recent years, a number of Quaker writers and organizations have argued… Continue
Added by QuakerQuaker on 10th mo. 8, 2010 at 9:12am —
Greg Woods: Meaningful Work and Long-Term Commitment to Change
. As I am about to end two plus years of leading a service-learning program, I am reflecting on my time here and the lessons I have learned. A common phrase I hear a lot is “meaningful work”. Pastors, youth group leaders, and parents have all use this term when they call to inquire about my programs. Over time I have found out… Continue
Added by QuakerQuaker on 10th mo. 7, 2010 at 3:30pm —
George Lakey: Why did you go to jail yesterday?
. I dislike arrest and jail, personally. Been there, done that, as long ago as the civil rights movement in the sixties. I dislike the loss of freedom, being put under the custody of someone with a gun. Most of what I dislike are the reminders of that seizure of my body and my destiny: the tight pressure of cold metal handcuffs on my skin, the… Continue
Added by QuakerQuaker on 9th mo. 28, 2010 at 3:33pm —
R Scot Miller: Gays in the military; don't get me started
. Why on earth would I commit myself to fighting for a marginalized individual’s right to participate as an equal in an endeavor that not only commits murder against exploited populations, but does so in a manner that suggests to both the exploited and formerly exploited populations that violence is the appropriate response,… Continue
Added by QuakerQuaker on 9th mo. 24, 2010 at 10:36am —
Quaker Oats Cherice: worship reflection on international day of peace
. I also thought about the verse Romans 12:17, which says, “If it is possible, so far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone,” because it was posted along the trail. I thought about how this doesn't mean we live without conflict with everyone. Sometimes it will look like we're creating conflict… Continue
Added by QuakerQuaker on 9th mo. 22, 2010 at 7:49am —
Brad Ogilvie: Root causes vs just roots.
There was one Meeting's committee that was not looking at topics, but process. It was considering the extent to which it can nurture individual leadings, serve as a source of education for its members, take on issues as a committee, and reach out to others on common causes. Basically, this committee seems to be considering how to do things more… Continue
Added by QuakerQuaker on 9th mo. 14, 2010 at 4:39pm —
Boston Globe profiles Western Mass. Quaker activist.
When asked how often she has been hauled away for acts of civil disobedience, Frances Crowe responds with a smile: “Not enough.’’ At age 91, and less than a month after her latest arrest, the veteran protester — who favors socks with sandals, thick glasses, and oversized pins with… Continue
Added by QuakerQuaker on 9th mo. 13, 2010 at 9:23pm —
Taking responsibility for learning about Islam
. Recent sobering news about how one house of worship in Florida wants to "acknowledge" the events of 9-11 has gotten me to start thinking about what I can do, as one person.
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Added by QuakerQuaker on 9th mo. 8, 2010 at 7:38am —
Judy Goldberger: On Sacred Ground
. 'As the mother tenderly helped her daughter out of the stroller, my eye fell for the first time on the handwritten cardboard sign that the girl had been carrying. “I miss my dad,” it read. “He was deported.”'
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Added by QuakerQuaker on 8th mo. 16, 2010 at 9:24am —
Gem: towards financial equality amongst Friends?
As we begin to talk about fiscal equality and the sharing of resources we need to learn to be open with one another about what our fiscal resources are and where the need lies.
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Added by QuakerQuaker on 8th mo. 14, 2010 at 3:07am —
Danny Coleman: The [jailhouse] pod
. 'When I had prayed in the car before coming into the jail, I had prayed for peace. Now, here in this glass room with these men, I feel it. Some of the men had been initially agitated but gradually have calmed.... The little glass room has become a momentary oasis of tranquility-—as peaceful as a cathedral.'…
Added by QuakerQuaker on 7th mo. 31, 2010 at 6:08pm —
Gem: Differences in income between Friends
. Understanding how to share our resources (fiscal and otherwise) is incredibly important as we attempt to live into our testimonies. It is also important because until we can actually begin to face and work on our own problems we have little moral authority to speak with others about theirs.…
Added by QuakerQuaker on 7th mo. 31, 2010 at 6:00pm —
NYTimes: Pleas Evolve for Conscientious Objector Status
For Ms. McNeil, a Quaker lawyer committed to helping anyone with valid legal grounds get out of the military, the call presented a legal and personal conundrum — and a possible unintended consequence of a repeal of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.
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Added by QuakerQuaker on 7th mo. 17, 2010 at 7:45pm —
New Blog: Christians and Immigration in a Land of Contradictions
. Supporting a conference sponsored by Northwest Yearly Meeting, George Fox University and the Mennonite Central Committee. "Each week a new essay will be posted. These essays are written by a variety of people from many different walks of life but they will all deal with the complex issue we are all concerned about: Immigration in the United States. Each… Continue
Added by QuakerQuaker on 7th mo. 8, 2010 at 1:30pm —
C Wess Daniels: John Woolman is Dead
. John Woolman is dead. Four simple words whispered to the ears of a dying man. At first these words offered only confusion, but in reflection they offered the key to Christian discipleship. The words of Paul came to him in that moment. John Woolman is dead, and we too need to die to ourselves and let Christ live through us. Woolman worked his whole life to sow to the… Continue
Added by QuakerQuaker on 7th mo. 6, 2010 at 9:46am —
Rafting on an Ocean: The Price of Freedom
. Mike Huber, Pastor at West Hills Friends Church, shares his thoughts on the price of Freedom and the many struggles for freedom that had no military might behind them.
Added by QuakerQuaker on 7th mo. 5, 2010 at 3:10pm —
Elise Boulding, Quaker Peace Activist, 1920-2010
. New York Times Obituary: “A richer and more diversified peace culture than any of us can now easily imagine, an international global peace culture, is there to be built out of the languages and lifeways and knowledge and experience worlds of the ‘10,000 societies’ now spread across the 185 states of today’s world,” she wrote in “Cultures of Peace: The Hidden Side… Continue
Added by QuakerQuaker on 7th mo. 2, 2010 at 11:30am —
A Growing Concern
. When I went to question her specifically on some holdings such as Dow Chemical and Walmarts and Coca Cola with snippets from our Earth Testimony... she countered that Quakers did not have an Earth Testimony. They had testimony against war, gambling, alcohol, and tobacco.. and they were running a fund completely clear of that. Then I was entranced by all the large ads in the Friends… Continue
Added by QuakerQuaker on 6th mo. 24, 2010 at 8:00pm —
‘No Stranger to Danger’: RIP Quaker, Lawyer, Indigenous Peace Warrior Waratah
. Nonviolence worker Waratah Rose Gillespie has passed away. Jarrod McKenna writes: "We will miss your fire, your sharp intellect, and your laugh. We thank God for your work and witness. Rest in the Peace you dedicated your life to." Posted by C Wess… Continue
Added by QuakerQuaker on 6th mo. 23, 2010 at 8:30pm —