Two new videos are on my mind as this week opens:
The first was made last week, when three of us opened the door to what hopefully will become a much broader set of conversations about recent Quaker history, conflicts, and current issues.
We gathered for the Earlham School of Religion’s Authors discussion of our three-volume set, “The Separation Generation, “ charting a series of five recent schisms in American Quaker yearly meetings.
More than one hundred Friends and visitors joined us in person and via Zoom. They had lots of good questions, more than we could deal with in our limited time.
One of the most frequent questions, in Zoom chat and later messages, was, “When will a video recording be available?”
I’m happy to say that the answer is, “Right now.”
The hour-long recording of the session is now on Vimeo, here.
So if you missed it, or want to go over it again, now’s your chance. And you can still send in questions and comments to us, via this blog.
The Separation Generation series recounts events from 2003 to 2018, the reverberations from which are still being felt among Quaker groups from coast to coast.
The books raise issues which have seldom been dealt with before (e.g., what to do about Cheating Clerks?) as well as some which have been with us for a long time (e.g., what’s the proper form of church governance among Friends? How is the Bible to be interpreted, and who gets to do it? And is it time, or past time, to welcome and even marry same sex couples in Friends meetings?)
Because there is so much to unpack, the coauthors are now consulting about ways to expand and follow up on this exciting initial session. Watch this space for updates as these consultations take concrete shape.
Now to the second video: Chuck Fager was recently interviewed at some length by Kyla Cassidy and Ann Medlock, two students from Elon University, about his half-century-plus career(s) as a writer, especially about Quakers, and an activist on various issues.
Kyla and Ann have very skillfully boiled down the interview into a 13-minute summary. Those who are interested in that work, can watch it here.