On June 11, at Southern Appalachian Yearly Meeting (SAYMA), I heard a rising young Friend, Christina Repoley, talk about her longtime leading to see the creation of a new Friends service program, to be called Quaker Voluntary Service, or QVS.
‘”We are talking far too much about God these days, and what we say is often facile.” Karen Armstrong has never been one to dodge calling a spade a spade, and last week at Friends House London, without a note, she gave a dazzling, scholarly and inspiring address on what is wrong with lots of God-talk today . . . .
In the first post, I concluded by proffering a thesis: that AFSC’s relationship to the RSOF is more important to its overall financial future than the immediate numbers suggest. That is, the direct proportion of donations from Friends today may be small compared to the group’s total income. But it is the Quaker “Reputation of Truth” in the larger world – the “F” in the AFSC – that attracts the bulk of the funds. It’s what makes the organization financially viable at all.