Earlier posts in this series:
Here’s a quick quiz:
Two of these three church-related service projects are holding their own, and one is in trouble. Can you tell which one has problems?
A. The Mennonite Central Committee
B. The Mormon Church missionary program; and
C. The American Friends Service Committee
To help with your answer, here are a few clues:
Continue reading AFSC & Friends IV: A Suggested Survival Kit
Before blogs were invented, there were newsletters. And that’s how A Friendly Letter got started, as an independent monthly, printed on paper and sent out by US mail.
There were 134 issues published in this format, and after many hours of grunt work, I am pleased to announce that ALL of these print issues are now scanned and online as PDF files, along with a detailed Index. In this “original” incarnation, the newsletter covered many stories that had previously gone unmentioned by other Friends publications
No rest for the wicked. I’ve just arrived home from the week-long Gathering of Friends General Conference in Bowling Green, Ohio, and in a couple hours must head out for North Carolina Yearly Meeting-Conservative. There’s much to be reflected on from the earlier leg; but no time to do it now.
Stand by; and keep those card and letters coming in.
A sign of the times:
Earlier this month, two things happened the same day.
First, a friend sold all twelve volumes of my set of The Interpreter’s Bible. This was an old favorite, a set I bought in 1980 for about $350. Sent off for it, waited a few weeks, and it came in a big mail sack all its own.
Continue reading By the Book; Buy the Book; Bye (bye) the Book . . . .
Yes, hardly is one post about the Great Quaker Turnover done and posted, than more openings arrive.
I’m not trying to be an employment agency here; but them who have ears to hear, let them hear.
The big one here it’s the Quaker UN Office in Geneva that’s looking for a Director, based in Geneva. If you go for hobnobbing with diplomats, this is the place. And the pay is big: about 140,000 Swiss francs per year, which at current exchange rates is over $120K (tho I hear Geneva is an expensive town to live in).
Continue reading Even More Great Quaker Turnover: Jobs Across The Pond
The thesis in the first two parts of this discussion comes down to this: The Quaker “brand” is in trouble. Thus AFSC, as an organization which depends on the support generated by this “brand,” is likewise in trouble, and this trouble goes beyond the adverse impact of the financial crash. To get through this trouble, AFSC will have a significant part to play in renewing and restoring this Quaker “brand.”
Continue reading AFSC & Friends – Part III: Down & Dirty With Compost Theology
We mentioned briefly in our first post about this that Friends United Meeting was likely on the list for a change of leadership.
The details of that are at the FUM website (scroll down to the link to the Memo from the Executive Committee), and applications are due by September 1.
Continue reading FUM – The Great Quaker Turnover Continues
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.
Continue reading Quaker Voluntary Service: Big Questions for An Idea Whose Time Might Have Come . . .Or Not