Primitive Christianity Revived, Again
Every once in a while Quaker bloggers and forum regulars seems to come together to address particular interests. In the last few weeks this has been happening around two issues: the pending break-up of Indiana Yearly Meeting and the financial difficulties of sustaining ministries in the Quaker model.
First off, the slow-motion split-up of Indiana Yearly Meeting continues, with new official recommendations recently released. Doug Bennett posted an update on his QuakerQuaker page. Brent Bill wondered whether we're all following the living Christ or the dynamics of committee politics in our haste to..., and Josh Brown asking if sins are always sins. Historian Geoffrey Kaiser puts it in context on QuakerQuaker, pointing out that regular schisms have been happening along this theological fault line for generations. Ongoing coverage of the troubles in Indiana will continue on the QQ Indiana page.
The ministry thread started with Quaker musician Jon Watts. He's at a crossroads with his music-as-ministry, wondering if the model is sustainable. He's conducting what he's dubbed the "largest clearness committee in the world." Discussion with Robin Mohr's "Bivocational Ministry" asking if we can find a way to "make the best match between gifts and needs?" Ashley Wilcox puts numbers to the issue by breaking down the cost of traveling ministry. Ongoing discussions and brainstorming about ministry will continue on the QQ Ministry page.
These are only some of the great pieces highlighted on QuakerQuaker. Don't miss Lucy Duncan sharingher visit with a Sikh Gurdwara on the AFSC blog and the publication of Erik Claven'sFGC Gathering talk on new ways of peacemaking at Friends Journal.
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