Primitive Christianity Revived, Again
I was startled today when I logged onto Quaker Quaker's Bay Area geographical list, and was greeted by the following display ad:
QuakerQuaker.org reaches a highly-targeted audience of Friends and seekers. In Eighth Month 2009, it brought in over 10,000 visits and 43,000 page views. According to direct measurements from Quantcast.com, its readership is:
(see full adverisement at:
The ad continues with readership statistics and further enticements to marketers.
It seems to me to exploit Quakers for one of our dubious attributes: Elite social status.
How would this come across to a net surfer visiting QuakerQuaker.org to learn more about Quakerism? It feels to me as though an important, change oriented spiritual community is promoting itself by gloating about how much privilege and wealth we enjoy.
Given how many Quaker activists are grappling with Quakerism's embarassment at being predominently white, highly educated and affluent, this promotion strikes me as inconsistent with the integrity, equality and justice we seek to realize among ourselves and in relationship with the rest of Humanity.
Member, Redwood Forest Friends Meeting (unprogramme)
Santa Rosa, California