Guilford: Quaker College On The Endangered List?

Guilford: Quaker College On The Endangered List?

At Guilford College in Greensboro NC, the hullabaloo over graduation has died down. And now, a grim summer has begun.

Specifically, the passing out of diplomas was followed by the passing out of pink slips, to 52 staff and faculty. That’s thirteen percent of Guilford’s 400 employees, almost one in seven.

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Re-Re-Re-Inventing The Wheel: 170 Years of “Convergent” Quakerism

Re-Re-Re-Inventing The Wheel: 170 Years of “Convergent” Quakerism

With a few exceptions, many of the most important pieces of American Quaker history since before the Civil War have not yet been well-studied or written up.
One of the biggest pieces that’s missing, in my view, is a close look at the long, occasionally successful, but very often tortured record of intra-Quaker ecumenical efforts.Hicks-Leopard-Youthquake-CLR Continue reading Re-Re-Re-Inventing The Wheel: 170 Years of “Convergent” Quakerism

Lunch With the Anti-Christ at Western Quarterly Meeting

Lunch With the Anti-Christ at Western Quarterly Meeting
(& With David Koresh & Jim Jones for Dessert)

There were some remarkable visitors at the session of Western Quarter in North Carolina Yearly Meeting (FUM) on May 9.

Among them were: “false prophets,” others working “in the spirit of the Antichrist,” and not least, potential reincarnations of cult leaders David Koresh and Jim Jones.

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Wood Thrush: The Return of the Magic Flute

A Wood Thrush & The Magic Flute

(Nope, not talking about the Mozart Opera.)

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Sketch of a wood thrush, singing.

Heard a wood thrush yesterday, or maybe several. Haven’t heard one in at least two years.

Wasn’t expecting or looking for it; which is the best way to encounter them.  In fact, such a visitation was the last thing on my mind.

It happened at a trailer park in rural Robeson County, NC.  Among Carolina’s one hundred counties, Robeson is the poorest and the most crime-ridden. I don’t go there for fun, or for nature’s wonders, but to see people who are important to me.

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Nope, Nestle’s Is NOT The California Drought Devil

Nope, Nestle’s Is NOT The California Drought Devil

I keep seeing this meme popping up on social media, blaming the California drought on Nestle’s bottled water operations in the state.

That’s nonsense, and I plead with readers who are tempted to re-post it, to pause and reconsider. And maybe send this one on instead.

The anti-Nestle campaign’s exploitation the California drought is so bogus it would be laughable, if there weren’t more serious matters at stake.

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Moral Monday & Retro Nonviolence Is Back (Again)

Moral Monday & Retro Nonviolence Is Back (Again)

There’s some recent activist experience here in North Carolina that I think relevant to current discussion about protests and tactics, among Quakers and othersMoral-Monday-bust-4-text

The Moral Monday protest campaign, aimed at the reactionary NC legislature and its stick-it-to-everybody-but-the-rich program, was by many measures, quite successful in its first season of actions, in the spring and summer of 2013.

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