Friends Journal’s Ninth Month (September) issue just arrived here in the boondocks, and in it is a long letter from the clerk of their board, announcing that their Publisher/Executive Editor, Susan Corson-Finnerty, plans to take early retirement late next year.
With that, the Great Quaker Turnover continues to roll through the Establishment Quaker organizations.
In Britain Yearly Meeting, the “Mother Church” of Quakerism, the senior staff member and CEO is the Recording Clerk. This person heads up a staff of more than one hundred, and an organization that in 2009 had revenues of 9,000,000 Pounds (about $14 million US dollars). This staff is based at Friends House, which takes up most of a city block across from the busy Euston railroad station.
[Sigh] I would have been very satisfied had I gone to my grave without ever mentioning the words “Glenn” and “Beck” together on this blog, or any other page.
Ten years ago, in the summer of 2010, Beck was one of the behemoths of rightwing talk media, big on Fox, big on radio, mainlining anti-immigrant and other extremist toxins into the public mind, and raking in the dough. His profile & profits have since shrunk, but he’s still at it.
A few weeks back, I attended North Carolina YM Conservative. It’s a VERY small group — in the business sessions I was in, there were an average of 30 NCYMC Friends, plus about ten visitors. (By contrast, my home YM, Baltimore, typically gets nearly ten times as many attenders; and Philadelphia more like 20x; even South Central YM, where I visited in 2009, was several times larger. An observant visitor can spot three or four Friends there in some approximation of plain dress.