Archive for June, 2007

Centre Greene Community Centre, home of the Montreal Quaker Meeting


Rationalizing Quaker business theory

(There’s a big followup to my last major post on the way, but in the meantime I continue with little tidbitty posts.)
One of the ways I think liberal Quakerism should change (under that name or not) is in being more understandable.
Being such a theory-averse, intuition-based group has many benefits, to be sure. But it’s quite […]

On birthright membership

Briefly: Jez has a post about convinced vs. “birthright” membership — the latter concept being one of my pet peeves about Quaker culture (as I commented there).

Summer plans out west: WA, NM, CA

Turns out I won’t be attending FGC this year, though I did give it serious thought. It also turns out that if you cancel your FGC registration after June 14, as I did, they claim you owe half your registration fees, which in my case comes out to a whopping $300.
My first instinct was indignation. […]

On Quakers and polyamory

A Friend on the PolyQuakers email list recently notifed us of an article on Salon.com about polyamory. Polyamory, if you aren’t familiar with the concept, means having multiple romantic relationships (poly + amory = “many loves”). It differs from plain old cheating in that it’s all out in the open, and differs from “swinging” (or […]




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