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A Leisurely Introduction to How a Bible-believing Christian Can Accept Gay Marriage in the Church

Friends Journal - Sun, 10/01/2017 - 1:35am
By Becky Ankeny. Meetinghouse, 2017. 42 pages. $3/pamphlet; free eBook. Buy from QuakerBooks

Evangelical Friends in Northwest Yearly Meeting have for some time experienced schismatic turmoil over the issue of same-sex marriage—or, as Becky Ankeny puts it, “full inclusion of LGBTQ persons in the life of the church.” Although it goes unmentioned in A Leisurely Introduction, it is within this context that Ankeny, general superintendent of the yearly meeting, has written this study guide, which is intended for those “on the fence.” By this, she means Christian readers who are sympathetic to gay rights but afraid they might “throw out the Bible as a source of guidance.” During her yearly meeting debates, Ankeny argued that “the central themes of the Bible support full inclusion.”

The book is essentially composed of various thematic groupings of biblical references, but the value results from the way in which Ankeny not only paraphrases these passages, but boldly extends each one through her own interpretation. It’s not clear to me how well this will play with her audience, but then, I am not a product of evangelical culture.

In addition to such thematic collections, there are some more technical appendices that discuss homophobia in the various ancient cultures that produced the Bible. And then there are general introductory sections. One offers the observation that biblical rhetoric depends largely upon analogy: “Analogy usually convinces through emotion and imagination, since it is not primarily logical or rational.” Another mentions what psychology tells us about human decision making, for example, the notion of “confirmation bias.” It’s a shortcoming of the book that insights like these are not treated at greater length. Another shortcoming is that the sections devoted to sin take up disproportionate space; are vague, wide-ranging, and ambiguous; and their pertinence to the issue at hand remains unclear.

It is noteworthy that this curious little book does not make overt references to Quakerism. For this reason, it is an interesting exercise to recognize implicitly, or between the lines, so many vital foundational principles of Quaker theology in it. To a naïve eye, they may seem like innocuous commonplaces, but I can recognize them as restatements of dramatic and powerful arguments from the Hicksite schism, which led the Orthodox to react with horror over the “licentious” implications of freedom of conscience under the guidance of the Inner Light: Elias Hicks’s Perfectionism (his proposal that the believer can progress to a sinless state, 1 John 3:4–5); the Hicksite insistence that nothing is a priori unclean (Romans 14:14); the Friendly conviction that laws are meant to serve human dignity, and not the other way around (Mark 2:27); the reminder that the greatest law is the law of Brotherly Love of God and neighbor (Matthew 22:36–40); and of course, that central foundation of Quakerism, “the Light of the World” in human conscience (John 10:27; John 8:12).

I find it particularly striking that when Ankeny stresses the importance of not judging others (Matthew 7:1–3), she adds, “Our neighbors are responsible to God for their own relationships to God.” Hicks insisted on this point in 1824, asking his flock: “How then shall we undertake to give a brother or a father a belief? If we do it, what wicked and presumptuous creatures we are, because we take the place of God . . . Mind thy own business.”

In conclusion, the book’s strengths are its good ideas and very powerful theology; its problem is that they receive such cursory treatment. That leads to a certain lack of framing and perspective. A prime example of this is Ankeny’s fleeting reference to the possibility that the eunuchs mentioned so frequently in the Bible were not literally castrated, but that this was period slang for “gay.”

Ankeny’s book would be more powerful if she had expanded more upon the most critical message: “Encouraging gay and lesbian humans to enter marriage invites them into a good way of life that heterosexuals ought not to withhold.” As a gay Quaker, I can affirm that this is truly the ultimate question, because conservatives believe same-sex love leads away from God, while our own testimony—to all those who have ears to hear—is that our love leads us very much toward God.

In the end, the conclusion of Ankeny’s valuable and thought-provoking contribution rings perfectly true with the values shared by every Friend: “The key is to be in personal relationship to God, where one listens to God and does what one hears God say.”

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Transfigurations—Transgressing Gender in the Bible

Friends Journal - Sun, 10/01/2017 - 1:30am
Written and performed by Peterson Toscano; directed by Samuel Neff. Barclay Press, 2017. 103 minutes. $20/DVD; $14.99/download; $2.99/online rental. Buy from QuakerBooks

I first saw Peterson Toscano’s play, Transfigurations—Transgressing Gender in the Bible, shortly after it premiered in late 2007. A character revelation in the last scene brought me to tears at that show—and half a dozen times after that, as I showed up to just about every Transfigurations performance I could over the next few years. Though most dramatically presented in that final scene, every character in Transfigurations is revelatory. Unexpected twists and turns are brought to light in often familiar stories by Toscano’s deft and creative scholarship: like Joseph, victim of a gender-based hate crime, or the transgender woman who leads the disciples to her home for the Last Supper. Toscano makes a strong case that not only are gender-variant characters present in the Bible, they are central figures in some of the most important stories of both the Hebrew and Christian scriptures.

Transfigurations accomplishes several fairly extraordinary things. It speaks into the fraught intersection of religion and LGBTQ issues, and, without pretending neutrality, welcomes audience members with widely divergent perspectives. It is accessible to people who have never cracked open a Bible, while offering meaningful insights to biblical scholars and other experts. It is intellectually rigorous but grounded in emotion, spirit, and body.

Toscano’s humor, creativity, and humility open up the space in which all of this is possible. But the immediacy and intimacy of a live one-person play also carries a lot of the power and magic of the piece for me. I was skeptical that a filmed version would be able to preserve that energy.

Of course, the movie version of Transfigurations, directed by Samuel Neff, doesn’t recreate the magic of live performance. But the elegant, sparse production allows the piece to grow into a new form, one that can be shared widely beyond the limitations of one person’s touring schedule, while retaining the integrity of the stories and characters themselves. In fact, the DVD release brings two new forms of Transfigurations into the world: a performance version, featuring Toscano in the roles of various biblical characters, and a lecture-performance hybrid, in which a selection of monologues are interspersed with Toscano’s own reflections on the stories. These two versions, either of which can be easily broken into shorter segments, offer an exciting range of possible uses for the piece in classes, discussion groups, Bible studies, and other events for both faith communities and LGBTQ people—and will hold a special place, I suspect, in the hearts of folks who live at the intersection of those two worlds.

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Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions? A Quaker Zionist Rethinks Palestinian Rights

Friends Journal - Sun, 10/01/2017 - 1:25am
By Steve Chase. Pendle Hill Pamphlets (number 445), 2017. 30 pages. $7/pamphlet. Buy from QuakerBooks

Which side are you on? In the Israel–Palestine struggle, this is often the first, main, and only question. A fierce battle for loyalties is being waged and emotions run high. For those who would stand with the oppressed, this choice of sides can be a particularly painful one, since both Israeli Jews and Palestinians have real and tragic experience of oppression.

Steve Chase does us all a service as he traces his journey through this tangled web, with compassion for everyone who is trying to find their way, himself included. He started out with a warm and sympathetic understanding of the oppression of the Jews and the hope of Israel. It was with difficulty, and much reading of history, that he found his way to a similar understanding of the oppression of Palestinians by the state of Israel.

In the process, his understanding of Zionism became much more nuanced. His first love, the spiritual Zionism of Martin Buber and Judah Magnes, remains intact. The vision of a large and vital Jewish community in the Holy Land embodying the prophetic Jewish values of peace and social justice, and helping to create an independent, multiethnic, democratic socialist state in Palestine, is a compelling one. But he had to come face to face with the hard reality of what he calls Territorial Zionism, an active and ongoing intention to take land and rights away from Palestinians for the benefit of the state of Israel.

The journey finally arrives at the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Movement, a recent nonviolent Palestinian initiative which has become a touchstone for controversy in the United States and Europe. Pro-Palestinian groups have seized upon it as a moral imperative and a tangible framework for solidarity action, while pro-Israeli forces find the implied link of the Jewish homeland to the atrocities of apartheid South Africa deeply offensive. Chase offers a framework for thinking about the BDS movement that includes historical insight, social context, and commentary on the scope and goals of the movement that should be helpful to anyone seeking to better understand it.

A pamphlet of this length, of course, has its limitations. While there is clear acknowledgement of the U.S. government’s agenda in supporting Israel as a client state so they can act as our agents in the Middle East, no detail is offered. Unmentioned is the continued role of anti-Semitism in our culture, and the ease with which a principled focus on the rights of Palestinians can slip into collusion with the dark forces of anti-Semitism that have been raising their ugly head in recent years and are always ready to scapegoat the Jews.

But what is offered is of great value. If you feel compelled to back the Israeli state as an essential protector of the Jewish people, read this pamphlet, from someone who knows and empathizes with your perspective, to probe further into the complex story of Zionism. If you have firmly thrown your lot in with the Palestinians, read to better understand the history and nuance of Zionism, and to keep from the tendency to demonize Jews. If you are deeply perplexed about the whole conflict, take this opportunity to travel with a clear-headed and compassionate Quaker who has committed to a journey through this challenging territory toward ever-greater integrity and truth.

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The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World

Friends Journal - Sun, 10/01/2017 - 1:20am
By His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu with Douglas Abrams. Avery, 2016. 368 pages. $26/hardcover; $13.99/eBook. Buy from QuakerBooks

I know I am not alone among f/Friends in my desire to cultivate more joy in my own life and in the lives of those around me. In The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World, His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, two spiritual leaders who exude joy, share their understanding of the qualities of joy and how to sustain it. Joy, they describe, is “much bigger than happiness”; joy is “a way of approaching the world.” The Dalai Lama and Archbishop Tutu spent a week together reflecting on joy; their wisdom, along with highlights of the academic study of joy, is synthesized by their coauthor Douglas Abrams. The two leaders delight in each other’s presence, and throughout the book readers are invited into their joyful world.

After initially defining joy, the leaders discuss the obstacles to lasting happiness. They share that there is no joy without suffering and that we must embrace the shadows of life to fully appreciate the beautiful moments. They address the power of prayer and reflection to help ease fear, anxiety, and stress, and the power of empathy to help us move beyond our anger and frustration toward others. They also offer advice about how to overcome sadness, grief, despair, loneliness, envy, adversity, and illness. They discuss the importance of developing a “sense of we,” particularly in our communities of faith. They remind readers that the more we celebrate our shared humanity, the stronger we are in building our resilience to all the challenges that we will inevitably face. One of the most inspirational quotes from this section came from the archbishop: “You are made for perfection, but you are not yet perfect. You are a masterpiece in the making.”

After discussing the obstacles to our enduring happiness, the Archbishop and Dalai Lama delve into the eight pillars of joy as they understand them. The four pillars of the mind are perspective, humility, humor, and acceptance. Abrams reminds readers that although some of these values can be viewed as passive, they are meaningful tools when we are in command of them. They also point to four pillars of the heart that we benefit from developing: forgiveness, gratitude, compassion, and generosity. They often return to a theme of the significance of our choosing how we respond to the pain of the world. They invite us to become “an oasis of peace, a pool of serenity that ripples out to all of those around us.”

Thankfully, these spiritual guides do not leave the readers with only theories. The final section of the book offers techniques for practicing the “mental immunity” they preach. They include suggestions on intention setting, silent retreats, gratitude journaling, fasting, prayer, and generosity practices. They share a variety of meditations, including breathing, walking, analyzing, and visioning, that empower us to develop the space between a stimulus and our response, allowing us to choose our best selves. This section functions as a toolkit from which readers are encouraged to “find what works best” for each of us. Ultimately, they advise that relationships and communities are the greatest joy of all, and they direct readers to “seek out [our] own communities of love.”

The Book of Joy is both beautiful and practical. As interesting and useful as the information would be on its own, it is all the more meaningful because of the book’s collaborative approach. The Dalai Lama often advocates for proactive mental training so that we don’t feel suffering as intensely in the first place, whereas much of Archbishop Tutu’s advice is about what to do once we experience hurt. They both stress that love is at the core of all religions, but that we must do more than “rely on religious faith”; we must put our faith into action. They speak consistently about how recognizing the humanity in all others around the world is at the foundation of our enjoying the fullness of our own humanity, a message that will resonate with Friends and those who appreciate Quaker values. Indeed, I ended up sharing quotes from this book with friends, colleagues, and students throughout the period in which I was reading it. Once I finished I sent pictures of the cover to people in my life with a simple caption: “highly recommend.” The Book of Joy truly lives up to its title.

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I Want You to Be: On the God of Love

Friends Journal - Sun, 10/01/2017 - 1:15am
By Tomáš Halík, translated by Gerald Turner. University of Notre Dame Press, 2016. 189 pages. $25/hardcover; $11.99/eBook. Buy from QuakerBooks

Tomáš Halík, a psychoanalyst and “a hidden priest” of the Roman Catholic Church during the Communist years in Czechoslovakia, is currently a professor of sociology at the Czech Republic’s premier Charles University. In reading this fine book, I have come to see him as a theologian for Friends, especially Friends in the unprogrammed worship tradition of many of Friends Journal’s readers. I count it a blessing indeed that I was asked to review this book and thus introduced to the wisdom of Tomáš Halík.

I Want You to Be is all about love—not the love of adolescent infatuation or romantic fiction, not the love of the narcissist, nor the love of possessions or their acquisition—the deep love in which the ego is transcended and we come into the power that unites without destroying or appropriating. To put it so succinctly is to give you a puzzle, a question, in the guise of an answer because so much needs to be unpacked before the author’s position becomes clear. Halík carries the reader gently and surely through reflections and meditations toward this end, yielding no final answers (as he warns in the first chapter) but only an “interim report” of his own journey. It is well worth accompanying him.

At the outset, Halík tells us that he has come to understand that “God approaches us more as a question than as an answer.” He writes that he now reads scripture with an eye to its questions and finds them more frequently than he finds answers, noting that God’s utterances in scripture are often ambiguous and paradoxical. This last is not a complaint but reflects the ambiguity and ambivalence that are characteristic of the human condition; it also recognizes that ambiguity and paradox manifest God’s remoteness from human frameworks of understanding (God’s transcendence) combined with God’s profound immanence.

Friends have learned by experience how attentive, patient listening in the course of deep sharing can build loving connections among people with manifestly different understandings and commitments. One may initially communicate effectively through one’s silence the willingness to listen respectfully to the whole person, not just to the words uttered. Halík sees this dynamic at work in our relationship with God: “It is clear that God’s hiddenness is the first word God speaks (or more precisely, is silent, because silence is an important form of communication) to those who ask about him.” We need in turn to wait in trusting, hopeful, and loving silence upon God to hear God’s second word. Halík offers guidance for our hearing that second word. He finds his clues in scripture: in Jesus’s two great commandments and in the theology of love in 1 John 4: “We cannot see God and God is no object of our perception—or even of our love—because God is no object at all, but we are asked to love our neighbors, including our enemies, as [we should] ourselves. To really ‘hear God’ is to open ourselves to fully embrace this ‘second word.’” By so doing, Halík holds, we come to love “in God” and in so doing to know and love God. The book unpacks this claim in words that are clear and powerful, though written with humility and without minimizing God’s hiddenness nor God’s amazing closeness, both of which are cloaked in mystery.

Halík writes for a European audience and works to reconcile two European traditions that seem to have drifted into mutual antipathy: Christian and secular humanisms. He sees them as linked, like quarreling brothers, each with something valuable to offer the other, but each no longer seeking the truth the other holds. Their reconciliation, he thinks, is critical for Europe’s future.

I regard Halík as a theologian for Friends because much of what he has to say will resonate with many readers of Friends Journal: his appeal to spiritual experience, his recognition of the importance of silence and waiting upon God, the emphasis on love as the doorway to God, recognition of several varieties of atheism, the role of science as “a necessary ally” of theology, and the necessity of a socially engaged spirituality. He writes of continuing revelation, the imperative to love one’s enemies, of apprehending things in the light, and of being oneself searched by the light. The book is not written in professorial language nor does he write as a theologian addressing other theologians. The theme of each chapter is addressed by a collection of discontinuous but deeply connected reflections replete with many highly quotable sentences. It was a joy to read I Want You to Be.

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Individual Spiritual Discernment: Receiving, Testing and Implementing Leadings from a Higher Power

Friends Journal - Sun, 10/01/2017 - 1:12am
By Jerry Knutson. Pendle Hill Pamphlets (number 443), 2017. 31 pages. $7/pamphlet. Buy from QuakerBooks

Pendle Hill pamphlets are by nature short, and this pamphlet neatly divides up an important topic into headings that touch on important questions that Quakers ask when we feel led. Is it from ourselves, or from God? Will it require us to do things we currently think we do not want to do? How can we test a leading? Jerry Knutson offers guidance on these aspects of being led, and he does so in simple language that stays close to the topic. It is important not to be carried away by emotion during discernment; this is not to say emotion has no place, but to clarify how discernment really works. I liked the line, “I am not in agreement with the statement ‘Follow your bliss.’” Indeed, a requirement can feel heavy; Knutson’s pamphlet has many tools to work with so that the yoke becomes light.

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A Gathering in Hope

Friends Journal - Sun, 10/01/2017 - 1:10am
By Philip Gulley. Center Street, 2016. 258 pages. $24/hardcover; $14.99/paperback; $9.99/eBook. Buy from QuakerBooks

I had the pleasure of hearing Phil Gulley offer a plenary talk at my yearly meeting’s annual session a few years ago. And yes, he included stories! This prolific Quaker pastor and storyteller has been at work again, peopling his latest novel with the members of Hope Friends Meeting and some animal brethren. This time, Hope’s Quakers are tested in a new way: how can they carry out a goal that’s exciting and good for them, and at the same time be respectful of the needs of others? When the others are an endangered type of bat, the conundrum takes on real-life dimensions. It is a lovely treat to wrap a difficult situation in the gentle and warm humor of Phil Gulley.

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Frackopoly: The Battle for the Future of Energy and the Environment

Friends Journal - Sun, 10/01/2017 - 1:08am
By Wenonah Hauter. The New Press, 2016. 276 pages. $27.95/hardcover. Buy from QuakerBooks

Food & Water Watch is a national organization with state chapters; as such, it is nimble enough to organize on local issues. In this book, founder and executive director Hauter discusses fracking, which she says “looms as the environmental issue of our times,” state by state where it is going on. In order to draw the big picture, she also reveals the criss-crossing web of relationships among those who benefit from it; the web includes oil companies, but also some in finance, media, and retail as well as utilities and nonprofits. The nonprofit beneficiaries of fracking include oil trade groups, but also others like the Smithsonian. She doesn’t include elected officials and legislators in the web, but the point is clear: all the beneficiaries will protect their own stake by protecting the others. This book is Hauter’s considerable contribution to helping citizens understand the issues; it is an excellent source to learn about more than fracking. The extensive index makes it even more valuable. The local chapters of Food & Water Watch offer a place to join in activism for those so led.

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Faithful Families: Creating Sacred Moments at Home

Friends Journal - Sun, 10/01/2017 - 1:06am
By Traci Smith. Chalice Press, 2017. 211 pages. $19.99/paperback or eBook. Buy from QuakerBooks

It’s not uncommon to be aware of the sacredness of the ordinary, such as daily life with children. As we know, children experience openings and have powerful spiritual experiences at times. Faithful Families, a new and expanded version of the 2014 title Seamless Faith, is a book that offers ways to make it easy to frame the ordinary as sacred, keeping the space open for spiritual experiences to be not only had, but talked about within the home. Smith divides the book into sections on traditions for morning, bedtime, and holidays; ceremonies for events like birth and death; and spiritual practices for all days or any day, like labyrinths. She includes things that will appeal to children, such as Listening Car Rides and Quiet Time Bags for meditation.

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What Love Can Do: Following the Way of Peace, Justice and Compassion

Friends Journal - Sun, 10/01/2017 - 1:04am
By Gerard Guiton. Wipf and Stock, 2016. 164 pages. $21/paperback. Buy from QuakerBooks

Gerard Guiton describes his calling as “spiritual counseling,” and the nature of this book is in that vein. From the belief that people have a deep need to live in ways that honor and strengthen their experiences of spirituality, Guiton has written this book to help seekers enliven their search, which can open or reveal tender spots in one’s being. At such times, a book such as this not only helps the reader to experience the gift of such vulnerability; it also provides guidance, safety, companionship, and comfort along the way.

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Dirt: Back to the land in poetry

Friends Journal - Sun, 10/01/2017 - 1:02am
By Errol Hess. Wetknee Books, 2016. 70 pages. $5.99/paperback; $0.99/eBook. Buy from QuakerBooks

As in his previous collection, Hunting Pennies (reviewed in FJ June/July 2016), Errol Hess explores the Appalachian way of life with all its physical demands and rough edges, farms and mines, wild beauty and stark gashes. These mostly narrative poems by a West Virginia-born poet who currently lives on a 36-acre tract are rooted in the mountains, and shine with the wonders of its landscapes:

Once when I was very alone / the moon rose huge over my window / sill and I drove seventy miles / chasing it down valley roads.

And once, as we stood on a cleared knob / partway up Clinch Mountain, the moon rose / level with us larger than a dozen suns.

In this day and age, is it still possible to live on the land? It certainly is fertile ground for poetry.

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LGBTQ-Inclusive Hospice and Palliative Care: A Practical Guide to Transforming Professional Practice

Friends Journal - Sun, 10/01/2017 - 1:00am
By Kimberly D. Acquaviva. Harrington Park Press, 2017. 250 pages. $60/hardcover; $25/paperback; $19.99/eBook. Buy from QuakerBooks

This manual is a must read if you are involved with efforts to help caregivers examine their ideas and feelings about seeing LGBTQ patients as simply part of the general population and not some special group. Acquaviva shares heartwarming stories of good care along with valuable suggestions for training caregivers to be more inclusive.

Given the history of discrimination against the LGBTQ community, this is a valuable resource.

Acquaviva is a tenured professor at the George Washington University School of Nursing and is a member of Friends Meeting of Washington (D.C.), where she teaches First-day school among other things.

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James Harold Booth

Friends Journal - Sun, 10/01/2017 - 12:25am
Booth—James Harold Booth, 78, on August 14, 2016, in Lansing, Mich. Jim was born on July 17, 1938, in Baldwin, Kans., to Helen Ehrhardt and Harvey Mellenbruch Booth. As a boy he began to love the prairies. He pursued his interest in agricultural economics at Kansas State University, earning a bachelor’s degree in feed technology (1960) and a master’s degree in agriculture and applied science (1962). In 1964 he married Kathy Gebhart, whom he had met when both were working in downtown Chicago, Ill. After six years they moved to Lansing, where he taught at Michigan State University (MSU) for🔒 Friends Journal Member? Sign in here!
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Volunteer Opportunity at Ramallah Friends School

Friends United Meeting - Wed, 09/27/2017 - 1:38pm

Are you a nurse — active or recently retired? Do you love working with older children and teens? Would you like to serve Friends internationally for a short-term placement?

FUM announces an immediate opening for a volunteer to establish a new school nursing program at the Upper School campus of Ramallah Friends School, in Ramallah Palestine.

  • A complete job description is attached
  • Minimum 6-month commitment
  • Housing is provided on the campus of Ramallah Friends School
  • As a “Living Letters” volunteer, you would work together with FUM staff to raise your airfare and living expenses

For more information, contact Eden Grace, Director of Global Ministries at edeng@fum.org

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Position Open: Youth Ministries and Education Coordinator

Friends United Meeting - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 9:42am

Friends Meeting at Cambridge (FMC) seeks a full-time Coordinator to start January 2, 2018. We seek a dynamic, spiritual, thoughtful, engaging, fun person who loves working with youth (from infants to high schoolers) and families in a Quaker setting.

Reporting to FMC’s Resident Friend (supervisor of principal staff) and working closely with the First Day (Sunday) School Committee (FDSC), the Youth Programs Committee, and other FMC committees and members, the Coordinator is responsible for coordinating and facilitating the religious education of young people. The Coordinator plays a central role in co-creating a vision of FMC as a welcoming and supportive spiritual home for youth and families; integrating youth and families into the meeting, as well as integrating the meeting community into the lives, joys, and concerns of youth and families; articulating priorities that will help the community work towards a blessed multigenerational community; and coordinating events, programs and projects in alignment with those priorities. Additionally, the position coordinates education about and implementation of the meeting’s Child Safety policies and procedures.

The position requires working Sunday mornings, as well as some additional evening and weekend hours.

You can read the full job description here: Youth Ministries & Education Coordinator at FMC

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Kenyan Quaker Leaders Make National News

Friends United Meeting - Mon, 09/18/2017 - 2:20pm

The recent statement issued by Kenyan Quaker leaders—calling into question the hostile rhetoric being used by both of Kenya’s national leaders and asking for restraint in politicking and language—was featured in Kenya’s national news. You can see an excerpt here, read the statement here, sign the petition here.

 

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