In the first few days after Maggie’s recent blog post, we realized that she had hit a nerve as the comments just kept coming in. That realization deepened over the following days, as we started to see blog entries popping up in response. We’ve been sharing them as we see them on our Facebook page, but it seemed like a good idea to compile them here for our readers to peruse.
If you know of others, please feel free to point them out in the comments section.
“What if we were to confess that none of us are really Quakers anymore? What would happen if we had the courage to stop laying claim to the past glories of George Fox, Margaret Fell, William Penn and Bayard Rustin? What if, instead of basking in the fiction of our status as “Quakers,” we humbled ourselves and started putting our energy into actually nurturing the communities that depend on us?” More…
The Lamb’s War
“I come to this perspective after days of sitting on the consternation and judgment of thinking Maggie’s words—ironical, creative, or not—were childish and harkening back to some imagined and impossible to recreate period in mythic Quaker history.” More…
“All of my knowing that I was a Quaker – heck, all of my knowing what Quakerism was – was flattened by this one mentor-who-seemed-to-care-a-lot-about-me-yet-said-this-really-shitty-thing-that-pissed-me-off. So now I mostly only knew that maybe there were a lot of things about being a Quaker that I didn’t know yet. Like, maybe a whole lot of things. Like, maybe the most important things.” More…
“Not that I’m signing any manifestos. I’ve already explicitly refused to lay any claim on being able to define “real” Friends. But I still want to know, does anyone care if you or I are Friends? Do you? Does God? Is any person’s life made more whole by the fact that you or I identify with Quakers?” More…
Can You Believe?
“I keep bringing politics back into this because for Early Quakers, Jesus, and Dr. King there really was no separation between religion and politics. Becoming clothed in righteousness isn’t your personal ticket to inward purity, no way. It’s about asking to be a servant of humanity’s deepest, most denied dreams. In fact, I actually don’t think “getting naked” is the best metaphor. To become a prophetic revolutionary, you have to have your heart broken, permanently.” More…
“In a world full of churches that call themselves Christian but really contain people aspiring to be Christian, it is not surprising that a world full of meetinghouses contains people aspiring to be Quaker. We call ourselves Quakers and Christians, but because that is the path, not a destination we’ve reached.” More…
Simon St. Laurent
Light and Silence
“I’ve just come across this post, “YOU ARE NOT A QUAKER (so please stop calling yourself one”, which is causing a stir amongst Quaker bloggers. It made me wonder, would Unitarians ever declare someone not a Unitarian? (Other than a Trinitarian Christian perhaps…)” More…
Life in 361˚
“Nonetheless, I believe that beyond the metaphorical nakedness of Maggie and Jon’s clothing-oneself-in-righteousness, actual, literal nakedness has a place in living an authentic life. It’s not only not incompatible with faith and belief, it’s a way to enhancing faith and belief.” More…
“If we start saying, ‘I am a Quaker and you are not.’ We are setting up Quakerism to be an enclosed community, a gated community, again. Who will have the keys? Who will make up the rules?” More…
Reflections and Thoughts
“How I long to take all the names I wear—Quaker, non-theist, Democrat, American, Cartographer, White, Male, Straight—and take them off one by one like pieces of clothing, to be able to stand there, shivering slightly because it is February in Minnesota.” More…