Archive for July, 2007

The signatures of early Friends

Recently I came upon number of reproductions of early Friends’ signatures, which I uploaded to Quakerpedia yesterday.
Earlier this month Seth of Ohio YM uploaded two signatures of later Friends (including John Wilbur’s), and it struck me that seeing someone’s signature often gives you a tiny visual hint at their personality — which is especially […]

Science vs. soul in Russia

In the NY Times Book Review this morning there is an interesting review of a book on Russia’s complicated relationship with modern Western ideas, which has various resonances for Friends and religious people generally, I believe. Excerpts:
There is a joke about the Russians, sometimes told by Russians. A young man from the provinces, inspired by […]

Summer plans update: Canadian YM + Olympia

It looks like my summer plans are settled now:
First I’ll be going to Canadian Yearly Meeting in Nova Scotia beginning next week on August 3, at the suggestion of a dear friend from Toronto (whom I met at the Burlington YAF gathering). There’s a day-long silent retreat before sessions officially starts, and the schedule seems […]

New humanist blogroll

Keen observers of this blog (all five of you) may have already noticed that I’ve added sections for humanist and atheist blogs to my sidebar under all the Quaker links, as well as a section for Unitarian Universalist blogs. I may blog a bit about UUs soon, after I visit my third UU church, though […]

The universe keeps surprising me

Briefly — My perspective on evangelical Friends changing, in part after reading more about Freedom Friends church, though I should say I’m not sure how representative they are of evangelical Friends generally; they aren’t even a part of Northwest YM. I’m not ready to say much more about this topic yet.
It’s partly explained by my […]

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. […]

Hyphenated Christians. . . coming to a church near you

Briefly — sooner or later, it had to happen. Last month, an Episcopal priest in Olympia, Washington came out as a Muslim Christian, and now her bishop is giving her a one-year timeout.
More food for thought in the perennial question of “hyphenated Quakers” (about whom Richard had an interesting post recently).

Progressive Friends on Quakerpedia

I’m excited that a very knowledgeable Friend from Ohio YM is now posting material to Quakerpedia. The topic that is rocking my world the most is Progressive Friends, which I didn’t know much about until a few days ago reading some vintage Chuck Fager.
In 50 words or less, Progressive Friends were a movement that resulted […]




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