Category Archives: Quakers

Fani Willis vs Trump: Will the “Pit Bull” take on the “Big Dog”?

[NOTE: Quakers aren’t supposed to gamble. But if I was going to break the rule, I’d lay money on the proposition that among all the various agencies and investigators digging into Donald Trump’s efforts to overthrow the 2020 election, the first actual indictments will come from Atlanta and DA Fani Willis.

Why? The answers are in a long, riveting profile in today’s Washington Post,
 excerpted below.

And as long as I was, in vintage Quaker argot “walking disorderly,” I’d place another bet that Trump himself has read this 
profile (or had it read to him), and that the experience has already ruined his whole day. Maybe the entire week. 
Continue reading Fani Willis vs Trump: Will the “Pit Bull” take on the “Big Dog”?

New Book Marks the Coming of Ex-Christian America

[NOTE: While this interview is with a Catholic theologian/sociologist, and his new book about “nonverts” has a chapter devoted to Catholic church dropouts, that’s not what the book is mainly about, or why it interests me. Quakers interest me, especially U. S. Quakers. I don’t know if the author mention Quakers, but it’s clear enough to me that — while some Quakers believe we are “different” — in most social & cultural ways we are in fact subject to the same forces of change he studies and writes about; that is, we’re not very different at all. And lots of insights on what’s (not) happening inside Quakers can be detected in views from outside about what’s happening (& not) out there. I invite readers to see what they can find here as well.]

GRID: A Mass Exodus From Christianity Is Underway In America & Here’s Why

It’s less about hot-button topics like abortion and gay marriage and more about the Cold War and the internet.

Suzette Lohmeyer, Senior Editor, Grid
Anna Deen, Data Visualization Reporter
December 17, 2022

While the number of Americans who celebrate Christmas as a cultural holiday is still large, there has been a shocking rise in the number of people ditching Christianity — what sociologists call “nonverts.” Continue reading New Book Marks the Coming of Ex-Christian America

Once Huge Evangelical Mission Conference Faces Major Shrinkage

[NOTE: Despite the sponsor’s upbeat words, attendance at this onetime mega-conference will be down 70% from its peak in 2000. For Quakers, the slide is quite similar to the 80% drop (from almost 2000 in 2000 to 440) in registrations for the 2022 FGC summer Gathering. For FGC, the decline for ed a shift from an in-person to a virtual event. For 2023, FGC is currently plans aiming for an in-person Gathering in western Oregon. Typically, registrations open in early spring.]

Urbana missions conference that once drew 20,000 expected to fall far short

Organizers believe that the lingering effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and a struggling economy have likely caused attendance to falter.

Religion News Service — December 14, 2022

By Bob Smietana

(RNS) — For the first time since 2018, thousands of college students will gather a few days after Christmas to talk about God’s mission to the world and their place in it.

Organizers of Urbana 2022, a missions conference run by the evangelical campus ministry InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, expect about 6,000 at the conference, to be held Dec. 28-31 in Indianapolis. Continue reading Once Huge Evangelical Mission Conference Faces Major Shrinkage

Washington Post: A Quaker Takes Charge of His Dying

The Friends burial ground at Limerick, Ireland Meeting.

[Note: We’re obliged to start with another, “Happy Holidays, you’re fired!” report, in that industry where they are a near-daily occurrence: The Washington Post announced last week that it will kill its sixty year old Sunday magazine. Its ten staffers have their pink slips, and the final issue will hit the streets on Sunday December 25, ho ho ho.

But that death is not the topic here; it’s mentioned because this post is drawn from the magazine’s next-to-next-to-next-to-last issue, namely December 4th. Continue reading Washington Post: A Quaker Takes Charge of His Dying