The American Friends Service Committee will soon be picking its new General Secretary. On its website, the date for submitting resumes is late in March. Presumably it will be a few months after that before a final selection is announced. My guess would be they’d want to make it in time for summer, so the new person could make a grand tour of yearly meetings and the FGC Gathering, to be introduced to Friends at large.
Awhile back I wrote about hearing a teenage Friend talk about being asked by “Christian” peers about what Quakers believe and how it differs from other Christian and “born again” groups — and how she didn’t know how to answer.
So here it comes again: on another list, a complaint about expensive Quaker schools. Are they really “Quaker”? Don’t they sow division in meetings? Don’t they perpetuate all kinds of bad class stuff??
For the record, I never worked at one of the fancy Quaker schools; but I was briefly on the “faculty” of the fledgling (and now gone) Friends World College some 45 years ago, where I earned room, board and all the luxury a couple hundred bucks a month could buy.
Published: Mon Feb 22, 2010
Marines’ training at Fort Bragg to raise decibel levels around town
The noise level around Fort Bragg may increase when the Marines conduct their annual spring artillery training on Fort Bragg from March 1 to April 2.
A Friend wrote privately about the previous report about US & UK funding agencies withholding donations to schools in Kenya because of rampant corruption. Kenyan Quakers operate many schools, and for the sake of clarity, the articles I quoted did not directly allege that Quaker schools had been stealing US and UK funds.
Seems 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?
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. Continue reading A Single Lonesome Daffodil
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.
Okay, 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.
Just wanted to note here that on Saturday Jan. 16 2010 I went to the brig at Camp Lejeune NC, where we picked up Cliff Cornell, a GI resister who had served eight months there. The full blog post, with lots of pictures, is here.
There are also a couple of YouTube links to related videos.