Buddy, Can You Spare A Few Million Shillings? A Kenya Fraud Update & Request

Kenyan 100 shilling noteSeems 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.

Did anybody else see these BBC stories?

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A Single Lonesome Daffodil

The Daffodils Are Comin'!

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.
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Enough With the Anti-Institutional Sloganeering: A Divergent Friend Speaks

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.

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Good Grief! Punk Rock Sez, YES to Troops-NO to Wars

I_want_out_w_return_addressOkay, 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.

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The Committee On New Quaker Cliches

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.

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September 3, 1998 Harmon Case Update

More Charges to Come, Prosecutors Say

On September 3, Terrill D. “Terry” Beebe, signed a plea agreement in a Seattle Federal Court, admitting to “Conspiracy to Commit Mail Fraud, Wire Fraud and Embezzlement from a Health Care Benefit Program, in violation of Title 18, U Code, Section 371,” according to the prosecutor’s information filed with the case. The charges were part of the ongoing investigation of the Philip Harmon-National Friends Insurance Trust Case, code-named “Operation Island Scam.”

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Does Quakerism Have Any Value In The World?

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.

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