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Spirit Rising – A Review In Installments – Part 2: Convergent Friends, Unequal Yokes & All That Jazz

[Note: Part I of this review is here.]

Two pieces in “Spirit Rising deal with the phenomenon known as “Convergent Friends,” a loose network of people, mostly younger than fifty, talking across various traditional divisional lines: “Convergent Friends as New Jazz Traditionalists,” by Chad Stephenson of San Francisco Meeting; and “Convergent Friendship and Playing with the Quaker ‘Other’” by C. Wess Daniels, pastor of Camas Friends Church in Northwest Yearly Meeting.

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Wichita YAF Update: When “Equality” Isn’t; And A Real-Life Parable

A woman Friend who, like me, is not age-eligible to attend the Wichita YAF Conference, has sent on the best rationale I have yet seen for the planners’ no-sex-even-for-married-couples policy for the event. She deemed the policy, “quite lovely.” So Let’s hear why, and then consider it:

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“Spirit Rising”: A Review In Installments — Part 1

Spirit Rising book

“Spirit Rising”: A Review in Installments — Part 1

356 pages, $17. 50. Published by Quaker Press.

Part One

“If we have done our job,” write the ten Young Adult Friends (YAFs) who edited this new book of writings by their Quaker peers, “. . . some pieces may surprise, confuse, alarm or even offend you.”

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Wichita YAFs: Some New Light on Who’s “Welcomed” and Who’s Not

Very interesting – the conversation about the “Expectations” and the framework for the Wichita YAF conference gets more interesting by the day. Two recent communications are especially intriguing and revealing.

First, yesterday a member of the Wichita Planning Committee contacted me, and asked if I really thought they and their rules were really unwelcoming.

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YAF Wichita Update: The Case of the Missing Tweets

Well, one of the messages mentioned in the previous post about age-related putdowns  has already disappeared from the web. Gone, perhaps, but not forgotten. Here’s the text, mercifully brief but to the point, about: >> 1. An almost 70yo man decrying moral choices of youth–ironic. >> “Almost 70yo” BTW, is Tweet-speak for nearly 70 years old. And on that point, I am so busted. Old Man - donuts I’m still looking for the irony, tho; maybe it got mislaid in transmission. Some more choice tidbits have turned up, which we may get to presently.

Tunafish or Torpedoes? Some Reflections on YAF Wichita, and “Community”

Micah Bales, one of the planners and main promoters of the Wichita YAF conference, recently replied to an inquiry about the long list of “Thou Shalt Nots” set for the event. He referred the inquirer to a blog post by his wife, Faith Kelley, another of the planners. It’s on the William Penn House blog, entitled, “What Should I Eat? Community & the Individual”

This blog post is very illuminating about the “frame” being put onto the conference, and deserves some careful unpacking. So this commentary will run on a bit; please bear with me.

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“We will never go back . . . .” (Except when we do.) FGC Minute on Gay-Lesbian Friends (See Also: Wichita YAF Conference)

Following up the earlier post about the involvement of FGC poohbahs with the impending Wichita YAF gathering, with its restrictive dress code and suppressive agenda.

I mentioned a minute adopted by the FGC Central Committee trumpeting their undying support for LGBTQ Friends — a commitment that utterly contradicts the Wichita gathering’s spirit and legalistic rules.

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