Mary: Revolutionary for Our Time

It is advent, a critical moment in the church calendar. It is post-election, a critical moment in the life of the United States. Advent is marked as a time of quiet, expectant waiting. There is hope in birth narratives of Jesus, but it is hope tempered by loss, defeat, and suffering that comes from livingContinue reading “Mary: Revolutionary for Our Time”

Poverty, Empire and The Bible: Reading the Bible Off-Center (an online study)

Last night about 35 people from around the Greensboro area gathered at First Friends Meeting to begin a conversation around how we can read and re-read the Bible in ways that not only pays attention to our own privileges and biases we take to the text but the lenses and experiences that the text brings toContinue reading “Poverty, Empire and The Bible: Reading the Bible Off-Center (an online study)”

Being bilingual in Quaker Outreach (Guest Post Robin Mohr)

This is a guest post from my good friend and General Secretary of FWCC Section of the Americas, Robin Mohr, following up on a talk she gave at the Emerging Practices in Quaker Outreach from NEYM.   How many of you speak another language? Meaning, raise your hand if you speak Spanish, French, Quechua, Mandarin,Continue reading “Being bilingual in Quaker Outreach (Guest Post Robin Mohr)”

“We” Is the Most Important Word – William Barber

“‘We’ is the most important word in the social justice vocabulary. The issue is not what we can’t do, but what we CAN do when we stand together. With an upsurge in racism/hate crimes, criminalization of young black males, insensitivity to the poor, educational genocide, and the moral/economic cost of a war, we must STANDContinue reading ““We” Is the Most Important Word – William Barber”

Listening and Acting In Quaker Communities

There is so much back and forth on Quaker process. So many jokes. So many who easily dismiss it because it “takes a long time.” And outcomes are all that REALLY matter. (I have plenty of examples of Quakers being faithful quickly, taking challenging stands, going against the flow of the status quo in costlyContinue reading “Listening and Acting In Quaker Communities”