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Wikileaks & Torture: Tom Ricks Holds The Mayo

mayonaisseNovember 4, 2010: Below I’ve pasted in an Op Ed piece of mine that was just published on our local paper about the recent Wiklieaks disclosure of several hundred thousand documents from the Iraq occupation, and the resulting uproar in media around the world (but not so much in the US, where we think we have other things to worry about than torture.)

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BYM-FUM Update: Dodged A Bullet

(Dear reader, this post will not likely make much sense if you’re unfamiliar with a series of posts from last week.Part I of the series is here; then Part II is here; and Part III is here. Part IV is here, and a last-minute postscript is here .

Anyway, the BYM Interim Meeting convened at Richmond (VA) Friends meeting Saturday afternoon. There were a few preliminaries, including a fulsomely orchestrated report from the Intervisitation Program (which was a creation of the 2004 Witness regarding FUM, which also included withholding and redirecting funds for regular membership payments. Then we plunged into the labor of deciding what to do about the proposed minute to resume membership payments.

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BYM-FUM Minute Revision: A Little Better, Not Much

Late this morning, BYM sent out a revised version of the Proposed Minute on money to FUM.  The text has been tweaked and reshuffled, and a bit of the offensive text has been edited out.  But not enough. Here’s how the key paragraphs look now (as of 1:15 Pm Friday October 15), with some quick comments inter-leaved:

Our witness on the use of money

In the course of our deliberations we have come to see that money is not really the issue. >>

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More: Big Change for Small Change: Baltimore Yearly Meeting & FUM– Part 4 (Grand Finale)

Part IV

(Dear reader, this last post will not likely make much sense if you’re unfamiliar with those that came before. Part i is here; then Part II is here; and Part III is here. )

So, once more into the breach. On the Proposed Minute that’s coming before Baltimore YM this weekend on BYM sending money to FUM:

Bottom line: why should BYM send FUM the money?

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More: Big Change for Small Change: Baltimore Yearly Meeting & FUM — Part 3

Part III

(Dear reader, if you missed the first two posts in this series, they are on the blog, part One here; and Part Two here. )

Now, back to the Proposed Minute that will come to BYM Interim Meeting this weekend: Under the heading of

<< Our witness on the use of money >>

The draft BYM minute on sending money to FUM opens by declaring that,

<< In the course of our deliberations we have come to see that money is not really the issue. >>

Are they kidding?

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Flash: FCNL Taps Diane Randall as New Executive Secretary

In an email sent out widely today, FCNL announced the selection of Diane Randall as the choice to succeed retiring Executive Secretary Joe Volk.
Diane Randall

Who is Diane Randall? Currently she is Executive Director of the Partnership for Strong Communities, a Connecticut non-profit organization “that engages civic and political support to solve homelessness, create affordable housing and develop strong, vibrant communities,” according to its website.

Randall describes her personal and spiritual journey in more detail here.

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More: Big Change for Small Change: Baltimore Yearly Meeting & FUM — Part 2

Part IV

(Dear reader, this last post will not likely make much sense if you’re unfamiliar with those that came before. Part i is here; then Part II is here; and Part III is here. )

So, once more into the breach. On the Proposed Minute that’s coming before Baltimore YM this weekend on BYM sending money to FUM:

Bottom line: why should BYM send FUM the money?

If I had to make the case for doing so, especially if I was determined to be fair to the concerns which produced the witness since 2004, rather than denying, denigrating and discounting them, here’s what it would be.

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Big Change for Small Change: Baltimore Yearly Meeting & FUM — Part 1

NOTE: This post is somewhat “inside baseball,” mainly dealing with Baltimore Yearly Meeting and its relationship with Friends United Meeting. But it may be of interest to some others who are concerned with questions of church governance, challenging religious homophobia, and managing conflicts in church groups. Much of the background is assumed in this initial post, but will be filled in as we go along.

While I missed the 2010 annual sessions of Baltimore Yearly Meeting (BYM — my home Quaker community), I’ve read through the 2010 minutes (and attachments), and heard informal reports from a number of attenders. And even while far away that week in Eighth Month, BYM, its community and deliberations were much in my thoughts and prayers — and yes, my opinions.

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