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Martin Kelley
Re: What does it mean to be a Quaker?4 - http://blog.martinkelley.com/post...
"I don't dislike any of the terms in and of themselves. Is there a particularly "Quaker way" of doing things? Is there a body of accumulated cultural wisdom we can point to and call "Quakerism"? Questions like these can be helpful ways of framing the complicated discussions of identity we find ourselves in when we simply try to "live as a Friend." Last week I was having a lunchtime conversation with an African American Friend and realized that she kept fluidly slipping back and forth between calling Quakers "us" and "them." It was a way of signaling what parts of the tradition and community she wanted to own, but I think it was also an acknowledgment of ways she felt welcome and ways she felt ostracized. One possible title for an article she's written is "It's not Quakerism it's Quakers"—a way of stating she in unity with the philosophies and practices of Friends that we're not always living up to." - Martin Kelley
Martin Kelley
Re: appendixjournal: Quakers were once "notorious... | Jon Watts - http://jonwatts.tumblr.com/post...
"Yea, but then they realized they had no place to put their wallet. Reality bites sometimes." - Martin Kelley
Martin Kelley
Re: Fear Of A Bro Planet: New News Org Pivots Away From Name To Avoid Being Bro-Opted - http://www.philebrity.com/2014...
"Oh great, because Quakers need yet another group appropriating one of our own. The Quaker Oats man and Penn football team aren't enough. William Penn isn't even tapped for his theological writings, the landmark court case that changed Anglo-American law, or his role founding two American colonies. No, the website's naming it after a frigging statue that we're to believe caused professional sports teams to fail? Sigh. He's probably soon to be a cheap bobble-headed promotional item made in China that Brady's people give out to drunk tourists at Penn's Landing." - Martin Kelley
Martin Kelley
A Quaker looks at assisted dying - http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/node...
Jill Seeger @quakerpen looks at the moral complexities around a "good death": "The question of what constitutes a 'good death' and how we deal with the issues around end-of-life suffering are complex. Not least, I think, because we are still emerging from reacting to death as our Victorian forebears did to sex. We are still close enough to the sense of something taboo to have a residual uneasiness which hobbles our discourse." - Martin Kelley
Martin Kelley
Secret Quaker explores the options for pacifist action: "It would seem ironic that it is so easy to campaign for peace in a very aggressive way. Shouting down someone who has a different opinion, vilifying an individual because they seem an obvious target or throwing bricks at the police, has never seemed to me as very different from eliminating your opposition in battle." - Martin Kelley
Martin Kelley
Hope and fear for a yearly meeting gathering - http://nancyjthomas.blogspot.com/2014...
Nancy Thomas feelings ahead of Northwest Yearly Meeting sessions: "Part of my nature as a poet embraces the ambiguity and basks in God’s silence. But that doesn’t work so well when we’re faced with the concrete need to revise Faith and Practice. And the longing to stay together, even in the midst of controversy." - Martin Kelley
Martin Kelley
Cherice Bock clears up some confusions on the George Fox University housing controversy and asks for prayers during the upcoming annual sessions. - Martin Kelley
Martin Kelley
Olympia Quakers Support Uganda's Underground Railroad - http://kuow.org/post...
A Seattle radio station interviews one of the people involved in the Friends New Underground Railroad project. - Martin Kelley
Martin Kelley
Charlotte Dando found it among Friends: "It sounds terribly clichéd, but right from attending my first introductory evening on Quakers, I knew I’d found what I was looking for. After so many years feeling like I didn’t quite fit in, suddenly I had a name for the things that I valued." - Martin Kelley
Martin Kelley
Vice picks up the GFU story in "Hobby Lobby Goes to College" - https://news.vice.com/article...
Vice News's coverage quotes a George Fox Univ. administrator and the trans*' student's mom and lawyer: "The Quaker faith has a long history of pacifism, so it seems like there’s more justification for opposing military recruiters,” Southwick said. “But the Quaker faith has no history of opposing transgender identity and there’s nothing in the theology about transgender people." - Martin Kelley
Martin Kelley
Ashley Wilcox writes about being a minor celebrity in a small denomination: "Few things will throw me off center at a Quaker event faster than when someone knows who I am and I have no idea who they are.  A Friend will introduce me in conversation and the other person's face will light up.  I feel dread because I know they have read something I have written, or heard me speak, or heard about me some other way.  I never know what to do, and any response on my part feels awkward and ungracious." - Martin Kelley
Martin Kelley
Oregan public radio interviews trans student - http://www.opb.org/radio...
Jayce, a George Fox student, says he will appeal the ruling. - Martin Kelley
Martin Kelley
George Fox University should Choose Another Story - http://jdtryan.blogspot.co.uk/2014...
Joshua Douglas Tryan argues the George Fox University needs to pick a story in an open letter to its president: "There are two stories being told about George Fox University. The first story presents a school that is thriving. A new football team, large incoming classes, and a high national ranking among Christian colleges, makes Fox distinct and desirable... This is a good Story. Unfortunately, because of your actions this is not how George Fox is going to be remembered." - Martin Kelley
Martin Kelley
New Monasticism for Quakers? - http://jollyquaker.com/2014...
The Jolly Quaker explores whether the "New Monastic" movement has anything to say to Friends seeking community: "A piece of advice repeated in many of the books on intentional community I’ve come across, is abandon any notion you may have of an ideal community. You’ll certainly be disappointed! I find the vision Kelly describes incredibly inspiring, but I will not be asking every community I come across to measure up to these standards." - Martin Kelley
Martin Kelley
Did the US Supreme Court open up conscientious war tax resistance? - http://www.salon.com/2014...
Sarah Ruden thinks the Hobby Lobby ruling is good for religious pacifists: "I look forward with mirth to the Supreme Court’s deliberations on whether the portion of military spending funded by the taxes of religious pacifists represents a compelling public interest. Historians of our era — Justice Scalia is especially keen to consult history when backing up his rulings — must already be revving up to declare that it would have benefited our nation hugely had there not been as many military resources available for our government to splash out with." - Martin Kelley
Martin Kelley
American Quakers Have Created An "Underground Railroad" In Uganda - http://www.buzzfeed.com/lesterf...
Buzzfeed reports the Quaker activists have upset the established LGBT support groups in Uganda: "Those working on projects like Friends New Underground Railroad say they’ve been responding to calls for help that the groups on the ground have not responded to. Ugandan organizations are primarily focused on advocacy work to make the country less dangerous for LGBT people, though they have set up a security committee to respond to emergency needs. - Martin Kelley
Martin Kelley
A Tale of Two Gatherings - http://awholeheart.com/2014...
Marcelle Martin reports back for two recent gatherings in the Eastern U.S.: "We were a loving, accepting, and diverse community, embracing many interests, needs, and activities. But there was little acknowledgement in the opening worship or evening talks that what can really change and heal the world is not our limited human love and power, but only the great Love and Power of God." - Martin Kelley
Martin Kelley
US Dept of Ed grants George Fox Univ religious-freedom exemption to block trans student from on-campus housing - http://www.pqmonthly.com/breakin...
Quote from the student's lawyer: “To my knowledge, this is the first Christian college to ask the federal government for a permission slip to discriminate against transgender students. This is worse than Hobby Lobby because George Fox is largely funded by taxpayer money. While the government may have granted George Fox an exemption for the time being, private companies do not need to tolerate this discriminatory behavior. - Martin Kelley
Martin Kelley
Recapturing the Eden we never lost - http://www.amyoutlaw.org/2014...
Amy Outlaw says the "Kin-dom" is already here: "But what then of human creativity? Are we not, as some have proclaimed, co-creators, with the Divine, of this realm, the new Eden? Are we not called, as many Quakers say, to build the Kingdom of Heaven on earth? Are we not building the realm of G!d on earth? Humans are, by our nature, creative. In fact, I would say that even more than language, it is our creativity, that defines us as human." - Martin Kelley
Martin Kelley
Do we misunderstand our own peace testimony? - http://throughtheflamingsword....
Steven Davison on Jesus and the third way: "Most of the time, we explain our testimonies and back up our witness work by invoking our belief that there is that of God in everyone, especially in the case of the peace testimony. However, that belief is NOT the source of any of our testimonies. Furthermore, it misrepresents what the phrase originally meant to George Fox and I believe it even misunderstands what it’s intended to say." - Martin Kelley
Martin Kelley
Secret Quaker looks at the divisions among Friends: "It would seem to me that we all need to be humble about our understanding of the Truth, concentrate upon our own spiritual journeys and refrain from judging others. At times it helps to remember that life is not an easy process. We are all Quakers doing our best to fly." - Martin Kelley
Martin Kelley
The language of a New Lamb’s War - http://throughtheflamingsword....
Steven Davison looks back at one of the Quaker metaphors that make many of us squirm today: "To be meaningful and effective today, Quaker witness must present a real and present danger to the evildoers of the world. Yet the threat must represent a Third Way—not the violence of the oppressor or the violence of the resister, but the emergence of the Truth, meaning a presentation of a truth that is not merely inconvenient but that makes you squirm under its Light." - Martin Kelley
Martin Kelley
Quaker ministry is like gardening - http://practicingresurrectiont...
James Tower explains: "There is no pecking order in Quaker ministry: we are all called to ministry, whether that means preaching, working on a committee, or milking a dairy cow. I am just a 'minister among ministers.' The work is profoundly simple. What is needed is not always seminary trained 'expertise' (though that helps), but intentionality, presence, and willing hands. " - Martin Kelley
Martin Kelley
Dan Coppock unpacks some Revelations: "If I'm laboring the metaphor it's because I get so tired of the biblical ones being interpreted one way. But one message during worship did introduce doubt to the gathered meeting. And when it did, the worship fell into place for me and I could relax and open some doors. Worship requires a bit of doubt." - Martin Kelley
Martin Kelley
2000 British Quakers to gather for annual sessions - http://www.nayler.org/two-tho...
The theme of YMG is “what it means to be a Quaker today” focussing on what it means to be a Friend in membership and what it means for attenders who have chosen not to come into membership. - Martin Kelley
Martin Kelley
Re: 3 Ways to Improve South Jersey Transit (and Lure Commuters Away From Cars) - http://nextcity.org/daily...
"Some big dreaming going on here. Unfortunately I don't think any of the players cares about transit outside of their silos. I'm one of those who does use the AC line for my daily commute--when trains run on time, it's not that impossible or inconvenient I get on the 7:11 out of Hammonton, transfer to PATCO and get off at 8th and Market, four blocks from work. My office has flexible work times so I'm in at 8:15 and out around 4:40. The trouble comes one of the legs of this trip breaks down and gets delayed. Some days it seems like NJ Transit and PATCO are competing for who can provide the worst service. NJTransit definitely needs to get more trains running. If I need to come in for an earlier meeting, it means leaving the house at 5am. If I want to sleep in, that means it'll be 10:30 till I amble into work. That kind of inflexibility is just crazy. But the systems don't coordinate. When my morning train pulls into Lindenwold, there's now a 25 minute wait till the next PATCO leaves. I..." - Martin Kelley
Martin Kelley
From @RayHemachandra, a great piece on race, identity, autism, and what we call ourselves - http://rayhemachandra.com/2014...
A really thoughtful piece that ties a lot of different strands together in an interesting way: "Often I’m asked 'What are you?' Racial and ethnic identity still inform so much in our culture. The question asked really is a question of identity. 'What are you?' masks the underlying question, 'Who are you?'" - Martin Kelley
Martin Kelley
Your plastic toys contain a lot less dinosaur than you do - http://what-if.xkcd.com/101/
From xkcd: How much of your plastic toy is dinosaur? The answer surprised me. - Martin Kelley
Martin Kelley
There's only 4 things you need to know about Quakers - http://m.huffpost.com/us...
According to the Huffington Post. "Even for those who do not feel compelled to connect to a higher power, the tradition of meeting for worship embodies several core Quaker beliefs that help Friends lead a mindful, connected and fulfilling life." - Martin Kelley
Martin Kelley
The best part of growing up Quaker? - http://www.theguardian.com/comment...
For Charlie Brooker it was the lack of religion: "No one tried to hammer the God nail into my forehead at an impressionable age. In fact the best thing about being a Quaker was the lack of God in my life. As a Quaker I got to duck out of religious education lessons at my Church of England primary school." - Martin Kelley
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