Segregation? What’s That? Another Wrinkle At John Griffin Middle School

kid2-silhouetteDuring my visit with the middle schoolers yesterday, John Griffin appeared to be a model of the success of school desegregation: black kids sitting beside white kids, with some other ethnicities in evidence as well, with as much harmony in evidence as one might expect from such a group of budding adolescents.

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Another Twist For the Great Quaker Turnover

Friends Journal
Friends Journal’s Ninth Month (September) issue just arrived here in the boondocks, and in it is a long letter from the clerk of their board, announcing that their Publisher/Executive Editor, Susan Corson-Finnerty, plans to take early retirement late next year.

With that, the Great Quaker Turnover continues to roll through the Establishment Quaker organizations.
Great Quaker Turnover

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The Great Quaker Turnover Comes To London

Friends House LondonIn Britain Yearly Meeting, the “Mother Church” of Quakerism, the senior staff member and CEO is the Recording Clerk. This person heads up a staff of more than one hundred, and an organization that in 2009 had revenues of 9,000,000 Pounds (about $14 million US dollars). This staff is based at Friends House, which takes up most of a city block across from the busy Euston railroad station.

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Taking Names In Vain: Glenn Beck, Dr. King, & Me

Glenn Beck
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‎[Sigh] I would have been very satisfied had I gone to my grave without ever mentioning the words “Glenn” and “Beck” together on this blog, or any other page.

Ten years ago, in the summer of 2010, Beck was one of the behemoths of rightwing talk media, big on Fox, big on radio, mainlining anti-immigrant and other extremist toxins into the public mind, and raking in the dough. His profile & profits have since shrunk, but he’s still at it.

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Going “Conservative” With North Carolina Quakers

A few weeks back, I attended North Carolina YM Conservative. It’s a VERY small group — in the business sessions I was in, there were an average of 30 NCYMC Friends, plus about ten visitors. (By contrast, my home YM, Baltimore, typically gets nearly ten times as many attenders; and Philadelphia more like 20x; even South Central YM, where I visited in 2009, was several times larger. An observant visitor can spot three or four Friends there in some approximation of plain dress.

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AFSC & Friends IV: A Suggested Survival Kit

Earlier posts in this series:
Part I
Part II
Part III

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:

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A New Addition: Online Archive of Print Issues of “A Friendly Letter”

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