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US Dept of Ed grants George Fox Univ religious-freedom exemption to block trans student from on-campus housing →

martinkelley:

Quote from the student’s lawyer:
To my knowledge, this is the first Christian college to ask the federal government for a permission slip to discriminate against transgender students. This is worse than Hobby Lobby because George Fox is largely funded by taxpayer money. While the government may have granted George Fox an exemption for the time being, private companies do not need to tolerate this discriminatory behavior.

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Day 1 of the Quaker Meme posts

Yes, totally! One time I was at a protest, and someone walked up and said “hello, Friend” as I was playing with my phone. Of course, it was someone from Meeting. And another time I was at a craft fair, and there was a Plain woman at a jewelry table. Why would a Plain woman be buying jewelry just before the holidays? She must have non-Plain family. Therefore, she must be Quaker (much more usual for us to be one-by-one Plain, as opposed to family-by-family for Mennonites). So I walked up and said “Hello, Friend.” I was right!

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Day 1 of the Quaker Meme posts

Yes, totally! One time I was at a protest, and someone walked up and said “hello, Friend” as I was playing with my phone. Of course, it was someone from Meeting. And another time I was at a craft fair, and there was a Plain woman at a jewelry table. Why would a Plain woman be buying jewelry just before the holidays? She must have non-Plain family. Therefore, she must be Quaker (much more usual for us to be one-by-one Plain, as opposed to family-by-family for Mennonites). So I walked up and said “Hello, Friend.” I was right!

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As a result, we have become an invisible church, a relic from the past that many associate with the Amish. My wife, who is a community organizer here in Pasadena, and knows virtually all the religious congregations, barely knew that Quakers existed.
— Anthony Manousos: Do we see the world in black and white or living color? http://bit.ly/YJZj9H (via martinkelley)

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There must be amidst all the confusions of the hour a tried and undisturbed remnant of persons who will not become purveyors of coercion and violence, who are ready to stand alone, if it is necessary, for the way of peace and love among men.
— ~ Rufus Jones (via chuckangeline)

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Surely it is the nature and quality of a relationship that matters: one must not judge it by its outward appearance but by its inner worth. Homosexual affection can be as selfless as heterosexual affection, and therefore we cannot see that it is in some way morally worse.
Homosexual affection may of course be an emotion which some find aesthetically disgusting, but one cannot base Christian morality on a capacity for disgust. Neither are we happy with the thought that all homosexual behaviour is sinful: motive and circumstance degrade or ennoble any act…
…An act which expresses true affection between two individuals and gives pleasure to them both, does not seem to us to be sinful by reason alone of the fact that it is homosexual. The same criteria seem to apply whether a relationship is heterosexual or homosexual.
— Friends Home Service Committee: Towards a Quaker View of Sex. London, revised edition, 1964. http://www.religioustolerance.org/hom_quak.htm (via lebeauxderdaben)

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Additionally, the Puritans were bound to suffer the repercussions inherent in their decision to persecute dissenters and adherents of other faiths, despite the fact that they had come to America partly in order to escape such persecution themselves. When Quakers emerged in Massachusetts during the 1640s, they were fined, whipped, and banished by colonial officials. Because Quakers believed that there was no distinction between the “elect” and the rest of the population, that the Divine spirit dwelled within everyone, they were deemed heretical to Puritan doctrine. The Quakers’ suggestion that their members’ “inner light” offered a surer spiritual guidance than the Bible or ministers deeply offended Puritan sensibilities. As a result, four Quakers who returned to Massachusetts from exile were hung between 1659 and 1660. Baptists were also attacked, as they did not prioritize a learned ministry and were therefore deemed threatening to the Puritans, who maintained that an intellectual elite of ministers were the rightful interpreters of the Bible (and therefore of God’s will).

Tagged: quakersPuritansfaithBaptistspersecutionintolerancepunishmenthangingChristiannow stop saying Quakers are Puritans

My Quakerism Will Be Feminist and Anti-Racist or It Will Be Bullshit →

[Content warning: this post discusses sexual assault, micro-aggressions, victim-blaming, and ‘progressive’ sexism and racism].

Just over a year ago, Flavia Dzodan wrote a incisive piece for Tiger Beatdown. In it, she calls out mainstream feminism for the rank hypocrisy of claiming to work for the betterment of all women while refusing to stand up for, listen to, respect, and welcome women of color and other marginalized women. She saidMY FEMINISM WILL BE INTERSECTIONAL OR IT WILL BE BULLSHIT!

I can relate.

Not because I’m a woman of color who has to put up with a steady stream of micro and macro-aggressions from white people who claim to be my allies. I’m not a woman of color, and the intersectionality I have to deal with is a very different sort.

But I know what it’s like to be part of a movement that congratulates itself for its egalitarianism and dedication to social justice out of one side of its mouth while belittling and silencing me out of the other. I know what it’s like to put up with a steady stream of micro and macro-aggressions from people who think equality is all well and good until they have an opportunity to use their size, age, gender, and the timber of their voice to cow me into submission. I know what it’s like to look around a gathering at a sea of white faces and listen to someone congratulate us on how ‘inclusive’ we are.

Yeah. I know all about what that’s like. I’m a Quaker.

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"Inclusive" means we have baby boomers and a token 25-year-old, right?

Dear Friends: go read it.

Tagged: racismsexismfeminismanti-racismquakersquakerismreligious society of friendsreligion

Source: flowerhorne.com

Ben Fiore-Walker, a black Quaker (Wapo) →

For me, race and Quakerism are two separate things. One doesn’t exclude or predispose you to the other. It’s not seen as a black or white thing.

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Transforming Need into Opportunity

This is a snippet from May’s issue of Friends Journal, which was focused on food

I’d hazard that most modern Friends would agree with early British and U.S. Quakers that moderation in food is in keeping with Quakerly simplicity. William Penn wrote that “luxury has many parts, and the first that is forbidden by the self-denying Jesus is the belly,” and historians have pegged early Quakers’ food ways as “culinary asceticism.”

Where I think we, today, depart from these early Friends is in lifting up our appreciation for divine bounty. We can appreciate the clean, simple taste of a freshly picked carrot, close our eyes, and be filled with a sense of connection to the earth, to creation, and to an experience that our fellow humans on every continent might share. Is it not our very corporeal love for food that brings into starkest relief the injustice of a world of abundance whose poorest still go hungry?

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Source: friendsjournal.org

escapedfrommymind:

Danielle said the last one is me.. whoops. 

Sounds like me too…

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