“Spirit Rising”: A Review in Installments — Part 1
356 pages, $17. 50. Published by Quaker Press.
“If we have done our job,” write the ten Young Adult Friends (YAFs) who edited this new book of writings by their Quaker peers, “. . . some pieces may surprise, confuse, alarm or even offend you.”
Continue reading “Spirit Rising”: A Review In Installments — Part 1
Very interesting – the conversation about the “Expectations” and the framework for the Wichita YAF conference gets more interesting by the day. Two recent communications are especially intriguing and revealing.
First, yesterday a member of the Wichita Planning Committee contacted me, and asked if I really thought they and their rules were really unwelcoming.
Continue reading Wichita YAFs: Some New Light on Who’s “Welcomed” and Who’s Not
Well, one of the messages mentioned in the previous post about age-related putdowns has already disappeared from the web. Gone, perhaps, but not forgotten. Here’s the text, mercifully brief but to the point, about: >> 1. An almost 70yo man decrying moral choices of youth–ironic. >> “Almost 70yo” BTW, is Tweet-speak for nearly 70 years old. And on that point, I am so busted. I’m still looking for the irony, tho; maybe it got mislaid in transmission. Some more choice tidbits have turned up, which we may get to presently.
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?
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.
Continue reading Tunafish or Torpedoes? Some Reflections on YAF Wichita, and “Community”
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.
Continue reading “We will never go back . . . .” (Except when we do.) FGC Minute on Gay-Lesbian Friends (See Also: Wichita YAF Conference)
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?
Continue reading The Wichita YAF Conference Plot Gets Thicker – Is FGC Involved?
Just back from the printer on April 19 2010:
Study War Some More (If You Want To Work for Peace) presents a new strategic approach to peace work, based on 40-plus years of experience at Quaker House, up close with the Military Industrial Complex. Seven concise chapters, 60 pages, with discussion questions. More information at the Quaker House site.
Had a great visit this First Day at Fairfield Friends, near Indianapolis.
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
Continue reading A Visit to Fairfield Meeting & Phil Gulley
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.”
Continue reading YAFs Memorial Day Gathering: Time To Grow Up