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Business, Quaker chocolate and dried peas

On a more upbeat note, I just saw a fascinating article in the Globe about how all this to-do about contaminated products from China tends to forget that American capitalists did the same kind of shady things, or worse, when we were industrializing in the 19th century:
Taking a page from the British, who had […]

La espiritualidad post-religiosa

At times like these — when you notice you’re being linked to by what looks like a great blog written from Ecuador — I wish I knew more than the most rudimentary Spanish. An excerpt, from “Mi espiritualidad post-religiosa”:
Así entonces escogí considerarme cuáquero [= Quaker] (luego se salir del colegio), todo el que crea en […]

A post-Quaker vision of the Society of Friends

I’m going to take a hiatus from Quaker blogging, for at least a month or two, though I’ll probably still be contributing to my non-Quaker blog and to Quakerpedia, a Quaker wiki reference project I’m working on, as well as commenting on other blogs.
Partially this is because I want to devote more time to my […]

New non-Quaker blog: Evolt

I just started a new blog as a place to put everything I think about that doesn’t seem suitable for Quaker blog, called Evolt. I’ll write about politics and culture of all sorts there. I’ll explain the name later (there, not here). In case you’re interested, I’m pasting the text of the first post here, […]

A business meeting at Cambridge on child abuse

Yesterday I went to my first business meeting at Friends Meeting at Cambridge (Massachusetts, not UK), where I’ve generally been attending since I moved to Boston this summer – and where a long process of discernment on protecting children at the meeting from child physical and sexual abuse is beginnning to come to resolution.
The business […]

Quick props to Democracy Now

Having begun to pay more attention to relatively mainstream media lately (a clue why in the previous post), my favorite new-to-me news outlet of the past few weeks is hands-down Democracy Now!. It tends to share the same biases of the major newsmedia in terms of what they cover, but with a better how – intelligently […]

Confessions of a moderate radical

“Even though I’ve always loved who you are, I also appreciate the fact that you never stop dramatically changing,” a friend of mine told me once.
I took it as a compliment. But it’s actually rather exhausting. And I’m in the middle of one of those “dramatic changes” right now, which is why I haven’t […]

Is God Green?

PBS’s Bill Moyers has done really interesting segment on the growing environmentalism of conservative Christians, called “Is God Green?“

Hating the oppressor

Ever since I and Matt started an “Anarchist Spirituality“ forum on LiveJournal a little over a week ago, I’ve been trying to get clearer on what specifically are the things that bother me about secular or “non-spiritual” radical political culture.
And yesterday I got a magazine in the mail (Bite Back #11) that has given me […]

Mysticism and social transformation

[A Hubberthorne intro is on the way, but I thought I’d cross-post something I just wrote for a LiveJournal community on anarchism and spirituality (info page) that I just started with Matt, who has commented here before.]
I just started reading a book called Mysticism and social transformation, edited by Janet K. Ruffing, which I am […]




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