Wichita YAF Update: Well, there have now been two responses to the posts here questioning ground rules at the Memorial Day conference, here and here. In both, the one specific “rebuttal” was a disparaging reference to my age. (Which is 67, for the record.) Point taken, guys. What else ya got?
Wow! The 2011 baseball All-Star game is currently scheduled to be played in the Arizona Diamondbacks’ stadium.
But with passage of the state’s new anti-immigrant law, there are now calls for baseball to move the game. Seems the NFL jerked its All-Star match from the state back in the 90s, when AZ was hoilding …out against the MLK holiday. Watch that space!
Micah Bales, one of the planners and main promoters of the Wichita YAF conference, recently replied to an inquiry about the long list of “Thou Shalt Nots” set for the event. He referred the inquirer to a blog post by his wife, Faith Kelley, another of the planners. It’s on the William Penn House blog, entitled, “What Should I Eat? Community & the Individual”
This blog post is very illuminating about the “frame” being put onto the conference, and deserves some careful unpacking. So this commentary will run on a bit; please bear with me.
Following up the earlier post about the involvement of FGC poohbahs with the impending Wichita YAF gathering, with its restrictive dress code and suppressive agenda.
I mentioned a minute adopted by the FGC Central Committee trumpeting their undying support for LGBTQ Friends — a commitment that utterly contradicts the Wichita gathering’s spirit and legalistic rules.
It’s not enough that the Young Adult Friends Conference in Wichita has saddled itself with a backward-looking, repressive code of conduct and controlled agenda, which has been criticized here before. (See here and here.)
Now it’s come to us, from a reliable source, that there is high-level involvement in the process from the liberal Friends General Conference (FGC). Can this be true?
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Fairfield is a small town Hoosier Quaker congregation, famous as the locale of a series of best-selling novels by its pastor. Phil Gulley. More on Phil and these books here
[Not] Cutting the Mustard in Virginia
Took a trip to Indiana, and in SW Virginia this field suddenly appeared along I-77 & I-81. Had to swing around, find the access road, and get some shots. Wish I was a better photographer.
OMG! OMG! Hysteria Alert — Why Am I always the last to know???
Was listening to the Cardinals game on the way home tonight, and heard that on June 24th in Busch Stadium the greatest thing since the last World Series there (maybe even greater) will happen:
It’s . . .
(Be still my heart)
The following message has been broadcast across Quaker networks today:
<< The planning committee for the Young Adult Friends Gathering, 2010, comes together in Wichita, Kansas this weekend. Young Quakers from across the United States, Canada and Mexico will gather this Memorial Day weekend, May 28-31, for a gathering…
>> For more, go here.
Since the big event is only a bit more than a month away, this will be one of their last chances to take another, more edifying look at the embarrassing and oppressive set of “Expectations for Community” that I have commented on before, and if they value the reputation of their “movement,” they’ll ease up on the long list of “Thou Shall Nots.”