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.
On First Day, 11th Month 29 (Sunday November 29 in worldspeak), I had the pleasure of attending meeting at Hopewell-Centre Meeting, at the Hopewell Meetinghouse north of Winchester Virginia.
I’m pleased to announce that the brand-new Issue #16 of the journal “Quaker Theology” is now published, in both print and online editions.
The online edition (read it for free) is at quaker.org/quest.
Among the highlights of this issue are:
- An update on the effort to rescind Indiana author-pastor Phil Gulley of his ministerial recording credentials in Western Yearly Meeting.
“Sedition Watch.” This feature brings up “dots” of data that come onto my radar screen, which I’m working to connect.
The implications of the potential connections are unsettling, and I hope the authorities are watching. The elements here are straightforward: there are a lot of upset people, mostly guys, with guns out there, and with a high level of training in how to use them. And they are being fed a diet of sedition — talk of violent insurrection, or perhaps mounting a coup d’etat.
Last winter, I discovered the work of independent military analyst & columnist Gwynne Dyer.
A Canadian based in London, his pieces have been consistently several cuts above almost everything else I have read since then about matters of war and peace.
In the current health-care melee, we hear much alarmist talk and Canada-bashing, aimed at their single-payer health system.
A few days back, I had an unexpected chance to observe the Canadian system up close. What I saw was very instructive.
Here’s what happened: on the last evening of a Toronto visit, I was invited to dinner by a young couple – let’s call them Hank and Sue, for privacy.
At Thursday morning’s program (Jan. 15, 2009), attendance was down significantly from yesterday. Is it just me, or could the smiling positive pietism be wearing on the patience of many?
The morning’s panel, entitled “Speak Truth to Power,” was another “surprise” lineup, not identified until we showed up. Yet in fact it was utterly predictable, made up of church lobbyists, all based in Washington.