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John Brown & A Quaker Anniversary

Friends–

In the NY Times today there is a pair of OpEd pieces occasioned by the 150th anniversary of the execution of John Brown, in Charles Town WV, which is today.
john-brownThese short essays offer much food for thought by Friends on the subject of war.

One article, by David Reynolds, praises Brown, whose raid on the federal arsenal at Harper’s Ferry was meant to spark a southern slave revolt, as a national hero of freedom.

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Carolina Shocker: A Republican Congressman Questions the Af-Pak Escalation . . .

walter_b_jones_jrOMG — The first congressional press conference challenging the Af-pak escalation was today, and the only Republican there was Rep. Walter Jones, a conservative Catholic who represents Camp Lejeune, the Marine base from which a big chunk of the new troops will come.

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New Issue of ‘Quaker Theology” Now Online

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Quaker Author, Phil Gulley

I’m pleased to announce that the brand-new Issue #16 of the journal “Quaker Theology” is now published, in both print and online editions.

The online edition (read it for free) is at quaker.org/quest.

Among the highlights of this issue are:

  •  An update on the effort to rescind Indiana author-pastor Phil Gulley  of his ministerial recording credentials in Western Yearly Meeting.

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Sedition Watch: Signs of the Times

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“Sedition Watch.” This feature brings up “dots” of data that come onto my radar screen, which I’m working to connect.

The implications of the potential connections are unsettling, and I hope the authorities are watching. The elements here are straightforward: there are a lot of upset people, mostly guys, with guns out there, and with a high level of training in how to use them. And they are being fed a diet of sedition — talk of violent insurrection, or perhaps mounting a coup d’etat.

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Enlightenment In A Canadian Emergency Room

In the current health-care melee, we hear much alarmist talk and Canada-bashing, aimed at their single-payer health system.

A few days back, I had an unexpected chance to observe the Canadian system up close. What I saw was very instructive.

Here’s what happened: on the last evening of a Toronto visit, I was invited to dinner by a young couple – let’s call them Hank and Sue, for privacy.

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Conference, Day Three: A Rule of Thumb & The Invisible Epistle

At Thursday morning’s program (Jan. 15, 2009), attendance was down significantly from yesterday. Is it just me, or could the smiling positive pietism be wearing on the patience of many?

The morning’s panel, entitled “Speak Truth to Power,” was another “surprise” lineup, not identified until we showed up. Yet in fact it was utterly predictable, made up of church lobbyists, all based in Washington.

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Peace Conference Update-Wednesday: “I Don’t Know”

The conference speaker Wednesday night was a welcome improvement. Alexie Torres Fleming’s story is easy to summarize: born and raised poor in the south Bronx, she escaped from a collapsing neighborhood into middle class respectability, but then was drawn back to live and work in her home turf. She now operates a youth program.

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