The American Friends Service Committee will soon be picking its new General Secretary. On its website, the date for submitting resumes is late in March. Presumably it will be a few months after that before a final selection is announced. My guess would be they’d want to make it in time for summer, so the new person could make a grand tour of yearly meetings and the FGC Gathering, to be introduced to Friends at large.
Awhile back I wrote about hearing a teenage Friend talk about being asked by “Christian” peers about what Quakers believe and how it differs from other Christian and “born again” groups — and how she didn’t know how to answer.
So here it comes again: on another list, a complaint about expensive Quaker schools. Are they really “Quaker”? Don’t they sow division in meetings? Don’t they perpetuate all kinds of bad class stuff??
For the record, I never worked at one of the fancy Quaker schools; but I was briefly on the “faculty” of the fledgling (and now gone) Friends World College some 45 years ago, where I earned room, board and all the luxury a couple hundred bucks a month could buy.
A Friend wrote privately about the previous report about US & UK funding agencies withholding donations to schools in Kenya because of rampant corruption. Kenyan Quakers operate many schools, and for the sake of clarity, the articles I quoted did not directly allege that Quaker schools had been stealing US and UK funds.
Seems to me it’s time for an open update for American and other Friends on the struggle against theft and corruption in Quaker institutions and programs in Kenya. This question has been growing on me in recent months, but I figured maybe there had been one and I missed it. But it was brought back to mind by some recent news reports.
This single lonesome Daffodil is blooming in our backyard, amid the rain and facing a freezing night. It moves me to verse – With apologies to His Eminence, Leonard Cohen: They’re comin’ from a hole in the ground We’ve waited months for them to be around I know that you may feel That this ain’t exactly real, ‘But it’s real, It just ain’t exactly there.Continue reading A Single Lonesome Daffodil→
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.