For those of you who don’t know me, here’s a little taste of what it’s actually like to talk to me. Let’s not forget I’m Philadelphian (aka crude and a straight forward to a fault) and that no one should be taking themselves too seriously here, especially me.
Also, my Elder/friend/housemate encouraged me to cope something I explained to him, which is that when I growled “You are not a Quaker”, both in my writing and in this video, I was playing with a petty internal voice I have that speaks from a place of pain and despair. This pain formed right before I left Seminary because I felt dejected that I was dedicating my life to a Society that appeared to be without real meaning, or at least where no one would take a stand for it’s value.
Now those wounds are largely healed, and I’m less interested in working with Quakers for the sake of the religion, instead grappling with the question of how a group of terribly privileged people who claim to care about justice (make no mistake, I indict myself) can transition from mostly corroborating systems of oppression to a group that actively and practically undermines them. As I understand Spirit, it seems that if we are Listening, this transition would happen. So… I can’t help but think there are things inhibiting our Listening. This is why my pamphlet exists. So, if you’re interested, there’ll be more on this later, but now I need to rest up for the Quaker Youth Leadership Conference!