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Closing time

This blog has been dormanfor nine months, and it’s now time to close it down.
I just finishing writing about how the Quaker issues I was dealing with here have resolved themselves, in my letter of transfer from North Shore Friends Meeting to Friends Meeting at Cambridge (Mass.), and you should read that as the […]

Carrying the Society as long as you can

[Apologies to feed or post-by-email readers who received an incomplete draft of this post…]
If you’ve been following this blog for the past few months, you probably recall the entry “A post-Quaker vision of the Society of Friends”. When I wrote that, I was in the opening throes of a period of intellectual reorganization, which I […]

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, […]

Spam problem fixed

You should no longer have to register/log in to post comments, thanks to a new plugin I’m using (recommend by Kirk of Street Corner Society).

Spam and commenting

So people keep losing their comments through the spam plugin I’ve been using, and it’s not even stopping spam that well anymore, so I’m disabling it. Instead, you’ll have to register (once) and be logged in each time you comment. This is slightly inconvenient for commenters, but at least it won’t eat anyone’s comments while […]

A modest proposal on the Quaker blogosphere

The rumblings about the Quaker blogosphere continue. . .
Most recently, Liz Opp suggests that the Quaker blogosphere has become like a “popcorn meeting” — a meeting where there is too much gabbing and not enough deep silence and listening. (Cf. my two posts on the Q-blogosphere becoming overwhelming.)
I want to make a proposal, […]

To all Friends everywhere

Two things, loosely related.
First, an item of business. I’m launching a new blog today called To all Friends everywhere, which will publish recent epistles, written by yearly meetings or other Friends bodies on a weekly basis, in an attempt to bring the Quaker blogosphere and the real-world RSoF closer together. There is a longer introduction […]

Taking a break from blogging by blogging about blogging

For anyone else who uses WordPress, or thinks they might in the future (reminder: I’m willing to host other Q-blogs and sites at, here are the fruits of my many hours spent trying to make my blog look and work nicely, which you may find helpful.
I started out just customizing the default theme Kubrick, […]

More on the Quaker blogosphere

Briefly — On the topic of a Quaker blogging “book of discipline,”* there’s a conversation going on in the comments to a recent post by Brooklyn Quaker (beginning here) about that very subject. The post is about the issue of whether the idea that “there is that of God in every person” is a traditional Quaker idea or a modern one, but at one point Rich felt he needed to delete some comments, and afterwards asked his readers for feedback. I’m posting about it because I think it’s a good idea (as I blogged about last month).

*I think this is a better name for such a concept than “Faith and Practice,” because “Faith & Practice” implies that we Quaker bloggers somehow have a common “faith,” when we obviously do not. But despite this, we could come up with a common set of guidelines for handling disputes, etc., and I think “Book of Discipline” captures this better as a phrase (and also, in my limited reading of old F&Ps/BoDs, when a YM book is called a “book of discpline” it tends to focus on just that – practices and procedures, rather than theology).

Thoughts on the Quaker blogosphere

I think the Quaker blogosphere is getting kind of overwhelming.

I remember when I started, there were about a dozen or so of us (Martin, Rich, Amanda, Rob, Lorcan, beppe, Pam, Liz, etc.), and we mostly all were familiar with each other, and it was possible to keep up on everyone’s blogs. Now, I think there’s thirty or forty and counting. Which might not sound like a lot, but it’s more than anyone can reasonably keep up with.

Which is fine – there’s no need to keep up with all of it. But the whole giant verb-fest still sometimes seems to suffer from two problems:

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  • [T]he Quakers' gospel is the pure light of nature; and so the Quakers are nothing but pagan-preachers, leading poor silly souls from the Gospel, away to paganism, and to the blind light of nature that is among pagans.

    John Brown
    Quakerisme, the path-way to Paganisme (1678) p. 292

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