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More on understanding Quaker business meeting

(On second thought, I’m posting this separately from the note on Progressive Friends.)
A followup to the last post about better understanding what goes on in meeting for business will probably take more than a few weeks, but it’s on the way. I feel like I need to do more reading before I do more writing. […]

Announcing Boston Young Adult Friends

So at the recent young adult Friends (YAFs) conference I previously mentioned, at one point some people from Colorado told about their experience with that wonder of wonders in our graying* religion: a successful young adult Friends group.
What’s their secret? I doubt there can be any exact science of this sort of thing, but a […]




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  • Nils: Zach, I find this idea, of creating a positive alternative to 'magical-thinking' religion, very appealing, even thoug...
  • Kirk: Over and over, I see Quakers as emphasizing process over product, and that's a good thing. But process is much harder to...
  • Zach: And it's not a rant at all! :) (By the way, since this is your first time posting here your comments were automatical...
  • Zach: Judy, Thank you so much for your thoughtful comments. I'm not excited by the prospect of disowning or not admitting...
  • Judy: Zach, On the subject of disownment, I am aware of a midwest FGC affiliated monthly meeting that disowned a member bec...
  • Zach: Hi John, Thank you for your thoughts. I've appreciated your comments elsewhere, and I'm glad to see your response to th...
  • John Helding: Zac, Just read, sped-read through this thread and a couple of things come up for me primarily from your last post. ...

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  • There is a joke about the Russians, sometimes told by Russians. A young man from the provinces, inspired by a local doctor, travels to St. Petersburg because he wants to study “life.” He reads, he writes and eventually he enters medical school. On the first day of class the professor enters the hushed auditorium and announces, “Gentlemen, today we will discuss the pancreas.” The young man leaps from his seat, enraged. “The pancreas? How dare you mention the pancreas! We are not here to study the pancreas, we are here to study ... LIFE!”

    Mark Lilla


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