Primitive Christianity Revived, Again
The Unitarians are more at the forefront than Friends on this initiative, however we had a number of Quakers at the Iran Forum where this proposal was floated, receiving much interest and applause. I'll give a link in the comments to my journal entry on our meeting. Portland is already sister cities with a lot of others, like Chicago is, including Sapporo (Japan) and Ashkelon (Israel).
Given my connections to higher education, I'm especially keen to share Silicon Forest curriculum…Continue
[SNEC = Synergeticists of the Northeast Corridor ]
Because I went to a fancy school (Princeton) and studied philosophy, I'm used to such as Dr. Walter Kaufman suggesting that "university philosophy" was a subject with zero backbone, a spineless trajectory for dweebs. That was a challenge to us of course, to make it be otherwise. We were the new generation. He told me directly in his office he thought I was best of breed, in terms of my writing.
Wittgenstein too begged his…
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[memo to a listserv for faculty and Peace Corps vets, a couple typos fixed, I think I'll add this to Medium]
I was pleased to see the militaries colluding to put on a fun show for the vicious masses, eager for fireworks. TV voyeurs love a great spectacle. Many are whining they want more. They want to "rubbleize" Damascus. "Please please please give us more violence".
Choosing to attack supposed…
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One might think "mumbling" describes it better, as more incoherent than not, however "murmuring" sounds better. Today is Easter, and April Fools.
I'm meditating on the foolishness of Man, quite appropriately. I'm going back to Genesis 2-3 when they apparently had the choice of a second tree's fruit, the fruit of Eternal Life.
Given a choice between Eternal Life and this other thing God said no about, and that had a snake on it, a talking one, Man chose this other thing. How…Continue
As one respectful and grateful to science, and yet a believer in continuing revelation, to me it's clear what a Chosen People we are, as hominid inhabitants of this "Global U" or "universe city" called Earth. Likewise I see our Promised Land is a spherical body, with a relatively large moon, situated amongst other such spherical bodies, none so much an Eden nor genesis zone.
The theatrics of nation-states, on the other hand, seem increasingly phony to me, nothing serious enough on…Continue
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Really enjoyed this, because he's doing philosophy and standup comedy at the same time. Gets my…
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Friends gathered at the Stark Street meetinghouse for this public-invited showing of 13th, a widely distributed, award-winning documentary about the ongoing cultural and civil war in North America.
Although Lincoln declared the slaves free, an opening shot in his war to preserve the Union, the South was not on board with providing them with full human rights overnight. Women couldn't vote yet either. A system of apartheid…Continue
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Carol, my mom, shared one of two spoken ministries in Meeting for Worship last First Day.
I found out about it second hand, as my job, as her chauffeur, was to obtain new triple-A batteries for her hearing device (she's 87) and pack her lunch, so she could eat a bit during Peace & Social Concerns, leaving early to make a concert downtown. I did this during worship.
Anyway, I gather she shared about the threat of WW3 breaking out, which you'll see all over Youtube as a hot,…Continue
[ originally from my Grain of Sand ]
I think I'll do a 9-11 post a couple days early. That's my wedding anniversary, true for many. We booked the Rhododendron Garden, and although we had a backup plan, in case it rained, it didn't. That was 1993.
My parents suffered their car crash, fatal to my dad, in October, 2000. I'd been to Lesotho to help with the aftermath, Julie taking over. On September 11,…
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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 <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 29 Aug 2016 12:26:43 -0700
Subject: update on Regional Directory design (future plans)
To: npym-it-discuss <firstname.lastname@example.org>…
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…Continue
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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…Continue
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