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What We Cannot Do Alone

 What follows are field notes from my experience serving at the intersection of institutional leadership and renewal in the Quaker movement. I hope this reflection might offer encouragement to your work of exploration and discovery in your own context: your local meeting, yearly meeting, other Friends institution, or in some new garden where you find yourself called to labor.

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Added by QuakerQuaker on 6th mo. 24, 2017 at 2:54pm — No Comments

Israel-Palestine From Both Sides of the Mirror

Includes views from Joyce Ajlouny, director of the Ramallah Friends School, and incoming general secretary of American Friends Service Committee.

Added by QuakerQuaker on 6th mo. 24, 2017 at 2:53pm — No Comments

A Conversation About Delay

“Quaker time” is not a thing. We’ve made it a thing. Discernment is not about doing things in “Quaker time,” it’s about doing things in God’s time, which is sometimes much slower than earthly time and other times faster. I don’t think early Friends, the Publishers of Truth, often wrote a pamphlet and then sat on it for six months because they weren’t completely sure about the placement of a comma.…

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Added by QuakerQuaker on 6th mo. 24, 2017 at 2:53pm — No Comments

The journal "Quaker Studies" to become open access

Professor 'Ben' Pink Dandelion, Editor of Quaker Studies, said “This is a very exciting moment for the journal and for Quaker studies as a whole. The new arrangement will be of great benefit to scholars worldwide, in Quaker studies and in the wider humanities.

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Added by QuakerQuaker on 6th mo. 24, 2017 at 2:52pm — 1 Comment

Nakedness and prophecy on climate

Those who walk on the climate pilgrimage are walking naked, stripped this time not of their clothes, but of propriety, of the armor of policy, and the pretenses of technique.

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Added by QuakerQuaker on 6th mo. 24, 2017 at 2:51pm — No Comments

How do we articulate the difference between the ideal and where we are?

But there’s another way to solve the gap between what is and what could be, and that’s to simply change what could be. This is so much easier than changing what is, because after all, what could be is a theoretical (or in the case of Friends, a spiritual) thing. All we have to do is change the way we think about it, and—poof!—we’ve changed it! 

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Added by QuakerQuaker on 6th mo. 24, 2017 at 2:50pm — No Comments

It's time to move QuakerQuaker

Everything's not quite ready, but it's time to move QuakerQuaker over to the new server. It will be powered by BuddyPress, a variation on WordPress blogging platform. It's still very much an experiment in progress, but that's fitting in with the history of QuakerQuaker. I've announced some of the changes on a blog post there:

Time to switch…

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Added by QuakerQuaker on 4th mo. 24, 2017 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Big changes coming but need your help!

Hi QuakerQuaker readers,

The biggest changes in half a decade are coming to QuakerQuaker. The Ning.com service that powers the main website is about to increase its monthly charge by 140 percent. When I first picked Ning to host the three-year-old QuakerQuaker project in 2008, it seemed like a smart move. Ning had recently been founded by tech world rock stars with access to stratospheric-level funds. But it never quite got traction…

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Added by QuakerQuaker on 9th mo. 9, 2016 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Please help bridge the summertime slack

Every once in awhile I’ll be out and about in Quakerland, when someone will turn to me and ask "So how's QuakerQuaker doing?" I always surprise myself a bit by saying “It’s doing great!”

Really: ten years ago who would have guessed that this would still be the home of such an active online community? Today there are over 3200 registered members. The site gets over 4000 visitors to the site every month. 2400 people have subscribed to the Facebook page and 2600 follow on Twitter, where…

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Added by QuakerQuaker on 7th mo. 1, 2016 at 2:00pm — No Comments

10 Years of QuakerQuaker--and Passing the Hat!

It's hard to believe, but this summer will mark the 10 year anniversary of QuakerQuaker. Isolated Friends had started blogging a few years earlier but the scene was exploding. It seemed as if some fascinating new blog started every week. And the aggregate was growing into something more--a conversation, a community. We were finding ways to talk about spirituality out loud with Friends from across the Quaker spectrum, growing in our own faith as we grew past stereotypes and built… Continue

Added by QuakerQuaker on 3rd mo. 31, 2015 at 8:01pm — No Comments

How do you use QuakerQuaker?

Hi Friends

It's that time of the quarter again: QuakerQuaker's Paypal account has run dry and it's time for a special appeal. A couple of internet bills are coming due over the next few weeks and we need a bit of extra help.

Please consider giving what you can as a one-time gift or (if you can) learn how to sign up for monthly…

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Added by QuakerQuaker on 12th mo. 16, 2014 at 7:17pm — 7 Comments

4 things you have to know about Quakers & repentance & doubt: QuakerQuaker 6/23/14

A SPECIAL PLEA

This month your trusty editor did have to dip into his personal bank account to cover the QQ expenses. Please consider giving a one-time gift or $10 monthly support if you are able. Other options are listed on…

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Added by QuakerQuaker on 6th mo. 23, 2014 at 7:00pm — No Comments

This week on QuakerQuaker 2014-06-16

EDITORS PICKS

Highlights from last week's QuakerQuaker Editor Picks. All accessible from our Tumblr at http://daily.quakerquaker.org

Young adults in leadership…

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Added by QuakerQuaker on 6th mo. 16, 2014 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Redesigned homepage and more sharing of the Quaker conversation

Have you checked out the QuakerQuaker homepage lately? We've been doing some redesigning lately: it's more spacious, with commentary in the posts and more visuals throughout. The conversations on the site have also been unusually fruitful and there's been a lot of great blog posts and video sharing.

I'd like to share some of the ways we've been sharing more of the Quaker conversation out into the world.

Tumblr: We have had a quiet presence on the…

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Added by QuakerQuaker on 4th mo. 21, 2014 at 9:00pm — 1 Comment

Pictures, commentary, expanding links--but your support is needed

I'm not sure how many people have noticed some major changes on the QuakerQuaker site over the last month or so.

Editors' Picks: The links to Quaker articles across the internet now come with handsome pictures. Even better, there's add context and commentary for each entry. I'm hoping this makes these more accessible to newcomers and helps engender more dialogue among Friends. I've been watching the great community and conversation on hybrid journalism/blog sites like…

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Added by QuakerQuaker on 3rd mo. 6, 2014 at 7:19pm — No Comments

Support still needed--and new media streams!



Support still needed

I'm still in awe of the great response for our fundraising appeal in January. Thank you all! I'm using the equipment you all helped purchase every day. But there are still expenses, of course. Some of the generous people who signed up for recurring monthly donations have canceled lastly (they all still like the site, life just happened and they need to hold on to a little of their funds).

But that…

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Added by QuakerQuaker on 10th mo. 21, 2013 at 10:00pm — 1 Comment

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Editors’ Picks This Week

  • Anthony Manousos: Reflections on the Quaker Testimonies

    One reason many Friends have lost touch with the Inward Light and rely instead on external Testimonies is that we have become too conventionally educated and “heady.” There is nothing wrong with relying on reason or on authority to some extent, according to Brinton, but they are not enough.…

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Added by QuakerQuaker on 6th mo. 20, 2013 at 9:00pm — No Comments

QuakerQuaker This Week (5/13/2013)

Stories from QuakerQuaker

Another interesting fundraising story from this spring: a lifelong Friend in his twenties wrote asking if he could sponsor the project for more than the typical $10/month plan. He explained that he was going to be living in the area of the world without an active Quaker community, and planned on using online forums like QuakerQuaker as his means of staying in touch with the Quaker world. He wanted to set up a donation schedule that matched what…

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Added by QuakerQuaker on 5th mo. 13, 2013 at 8:13pm — 1 Comment

QuakerQuaker This Week (5/6/2013)

These weekly wrap-ups of QuakerQuaker and the online conversation have been very sporadic but I’m going to try to get more regular about them. Today’s starts with a nice letter that I received after January’s fundraising appeal. As I’ve written before, QQ supporters were very generous (though the project could still use a half-dozen more …

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Added by QuakerQuaker on 5th mo. 6, 2013 at 10:46pm — No Comments

Update on the QuakerQuaker appeal (aka: you guys are amazing!)

The QuakerQuaker community is amazing. Last Thursday I sent an email appeal out after my laptop died. The response has been amazing! In just this week, 62 people have donated a little over $3000. That's amazing, and I feel very humbled. I have replacement equipment and have been able to pay off many of outstanding communication bills. Thank you all so very much!

The overwhelmingly-positive response answers two of the most pressing questions I had posed: Is this a project that readers…

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Added by QuakerQuaker on 1st mo. 31, 2013 at 11:35pm — No Comments

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