|Early morning over George Fox University|
The Yearly Meeting's epistle to the worldwide Quaker family pointed to both the grace and the incompleteness: (from the draft presented at the business meeting)
The specific step being taken by our Yearly Meeting's elders is working on the language of Faith and Practice on sexuality, expressing the Yearly Meeting's teachings with more grace without committing to change their substance. In the meantime, the reports from the twenty-four listening groups that met during business sessions, and the queries and suggestions that group members during and after the third (final) meetings of the listening groups, will be combined and studied. Our elders have earned our trust over years of thoughtful service; I know they will carry out this task graciously.
One thing that was not talked about adequately on the floor of business is the generation gap that exists in the evangelical community--not necessarily in doctrine or biblical authority, but in the style and priorities of discipleship. Maybe that gap will be bridged more adequately next year.
"King Jesus Prays for Us" and "We're Marching to Zion."
An ongoing conversation: "Why the Trinity is not the complementarian trump card."
"It's all about gender or maybe not."
On the Creation Care blog: a conversation with singer-songwriter Sandra McCracken.
So: what works and doesn't work in conveying environmental urgency.... Bill McKibben's "terrifying new math" and Karen Street on "using insights from social science in presentations on climate change." Meanwhile, is this Aljazeera article fair?--"America in denial."
"God, Guns, and Guts." "During 30 years of teaching in three different Christian universities and after many more years of being part of “Christian culture” in America–why have I never once seen a poster aimed at boys and young men about suicide and violence?"
More on an ongoing interest of mine: "In defense of worship spaces." (Thanks to quakerquaker.org.) Read the interesting comments, too.
Dessert: Dale Hawkins at Ground Zero.
Dale Hawkins "Susie Q" from Brandon Roten on Vimeo.