I’m increasingly troubled by the repetition of anti-institutional slogans in what is sometimes called “emergent” Quaker circles and conversations. Much of this, in my reading, consists of about one per cent of insight, that’s being puffed up like a bit of rubber into a big-looking balloon of empty hot air.
Okay, this is not on my usual beat, and has only a very indirect connection with Quakerism.
But here’s the deal: Because of my work at Quaker House, involving GI counseling and jousting with the Demon of War, I subscribe to Army Times, a weekly dealing with — well, you can guess.
And in the Feb 1 issue of Army Times, there’s a feature section called “Off Duty,” in which there’s an article about how punk rock is getting on the bandwagon we’re been pushing ever since I got here in 2002. Namely the one that says YES to the troops while standing fast with NO to the wars.
Just wanted to note here that on Saturday Jan. 16 2010 I went to the brig at Camp Lejeune NC, where we picked up Cliff Cornell, a GI resister who had served eight months there. The full blog post, with lots of pictures, is here.
There are also a couple of YouTube links to related videos.
Re-posted January 13, 2010
Friends, permit me to announce formation of a new project for our Religious Society, namely The Committee for New Quaker Cliches, or CNQC. The need for this body hit me like a thunderbolt while attending a large yearly meeting awhile back. There I was, sitting and trying to pay attention, but feeling ever more uneasy, and not sure why.
I’m writing this post as a form of procrastination.
What’s being put off here is resuming the labor of writing down an explanation of Quakerism for a teenaged Quaker – let’s call her Lucretia. She feels strongly identified with the liberal wing of the Religious Society of Friends (RSOF), but has been having trouble answering questions about it from her peers.
I like to take pictures of wildflowers when I travel, along roadsides. Here are a few, taken in spring, to help us get through the months of cold.
Thanks for the positive feedback on the Quaker Christmas story, “Candles In The Window.”. There’s more to come. Next month, we’ll have another story, one that’s semi-autobiographical. Watch for it after the New Year holiday . . . . (If you missed it, the story starts here.)
This is a guest post, from our Friend John Calvi. John, for those who don’t know, is a Quaker massage therapist and healer who lives in Vermont. John has many interests and concerns, but here he speaks about his journey with and through the AIDS crisis, on the occasion of World AIDS Day.
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.
These 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.
OMG — 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.