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The “Great Quaker Turnover” Is Underway

Have you noticed the “Great Quaker Turnover” yet? It’s well underway.

The Great Quaker Turnover (GQT for short) is a change in top management at a number of the major Quaker organizations. Among them are AFSC, FCNL, FGC, and even Quaker House here on the doorstep of the Military machine. I hear there are others, including FUM, coming up. (Readers are invited to add to the list.)

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The (Formerly) Silenced Discussion Re: Wichita YAF Conference

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There’s been more discussion of the Wichita YAF Conference and its framework/dress code issues than you might think, if you looked to the self-styled “convergent Quaker” website, from which critical messages have been banned. That reaction is a telling one; and in the age of the internet, a largely futile one as well.

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Hear The Prophet: Chris Hedges

Chris_hedges_blurChris Hedges has been there. A war correspondent for many years, he carries a burden of closely-observed horror for which the term PTSD pales. You can see it in the hollows around his eyes.

Chris Hedges has also been through hell with religion. Raised the son of a clergyman, he graduated from seminary. He’s not “religious” now in any conventional sense. Yet he’s not “anti-religious” either. He can’t leave the subject alone. In books and columns, he delivers impassioned oracles. One of his recent books is, “I Don’t Believe In Atheists.” Continue reading Hear The Prophet: Chris Hedges

Spirit Rising – A Review In Installments – Part 2: Convergent Friends, Unequal Yokes & All That Jazz

[Note: Part I of this review is here.]

Two pieces in “Spirit Rising deal with the phenomenon known as “Convergent Friends,” a loose network of people, mostly younger than fifty, talking across various traditional divisional lines: “Convergent Friends as New Jazz Traditionalists,” by Chad Stephenson of San Francisco Meeting; and “Convergent Friendship and Playing with the Quaker ‘Other’” by C. Wess Daniels, pastor of Camas Friends Church in Northwest Yearly Meeting.

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