Christmas has always belonged to other traditions – Max Carter

I always enjoy Max Carter’s perspective, a f/Friend from North Carolina, a Conservative Quaker, and educator. His reflection this week on Christmas and Christians who celebrate the holiday is well worth the read. Do you need to be Christian to celebrate Christmas? What is Christmas all about? Is Christmas Christian? Good question. Not so easyContinue reading “Christmas has always belonged to other traditions – Max Carter”

Denominations and Traditions: Thoughts on Differences

“To stand within a tradition does not limit the freedom of knowledge, but makes it possible.” Hans Georg Gadamer Today I spent a few hours working on my Mid-Program defense for my PhD program, I will be presenting it to my committee on May 14th. This entails laying out the key questions and motivations behindContinue reading “Denominations and Traditions: Thoughts on Differences”

Transitioning in A Global Information Age: Questions For Church Traditions

As a follow up to my reflections on Quaker Heritage Day I wanted to post a list of Questions I’ve been thinking about, many of which came because our travels to the north and many because of what I have been studying over the past quarter.

Christian Traditions Tree – Missing Quakers

Ben from Open Switch has posted a family tree which covers the majority of Christian traditions, though unfortunately it leaves out the Quakers? It’s a great visual aid that can help you understand the flow between the various groups, and important dates to know. I can see why Ben would have a poster of thisContinue reading “Christian Traditions Tree – Missing Quakers”

Systems of Death and the Subversive Seed (John 12:24)

Watercolor from John Jay Alvaro Watch it on YouTube here: The Subversive SeedThis week, we saw the shooting of 8 individuals, 6 were Asian-Americans reminding us again of the ongoing and increased racism Asian-Americans and other communities of color have faced in the last year. Maybe unsurprisingly at this point: it was done by a manContinue reading “Systems of Death and the Subversive Seed (John 12:24)”

Convergent Model of Renewal

This list comes from Wess’ book on renewal within traditions” Convergent Model of Renewal (book). The process of renewal  is initiated when Apprentices seek to overcome the confrontations, incoherences and break down of schemata that arise within their tradition. In order to bring about convergent renewal they must put in dialogue the original texts andContinue reading “Convergent Model of Renewal”

Powerful Practices

Taken from the work of James Wm. McClendon, Jr. and Nancey Murphy, powerful practices suggests that one should not be too optimistic about practices but should understand that practices are themselves corruptible and throughout time go through a series of “decline as well as progress.” (fn) Practices can be taken over and infiltrated by theContinue reading “Powerful Practices”

Birthright Culture

There is a difference between an organization that operates out of a “birthright” culture and one that works from a Convincement Culture. The first is primarily concerned with preservation and legacy, while the latter lean towards an open-ended model of change. “Birthright” is old Quaker language that some Friends still use to talk about beingContinue reading “Birthright Culture”