Friday, November 17, 2017
Light and Rearranging Chairs in the Midst of Multiple Hurricanes
Again, and again...rearranging deck chairs in the midst of multiple hurricanes...
one discouraging image that comes to mind when reflecting-ruminating-contemplating
on the recent breakups of two more Friends Yearly Meetings (NCYM and NWYM)
while the world suffers endless severe crises,
millions are destitute,
many persecuted, abused, and slaughtered.
Was a member and leader in California Yearly Meeting shortly before it broke from Friends United Meeting, back when the Yearly Meeting opposed freezing nuclear weapons. In fact, many members defended nuclear weapons, though their Faith and Practice clearly condemned ALL war.
Instead most time was focused on lesser doctrinal points and the danger of possible uncontrolled behavior during open worship...
Attended a local Arizona meeting of Intermountain Yearly Meeting with my wife, where to our bafflement and shock, some Friends followed forms closely, yet defended killing...
Was a member of Pacific Yearly Meeting where some members opposed support and involvement in peacemaking in Iraq because the word "Christian" was part of the name, even though Friend Tom Fox, as a member of Christian Peacemaker Teams, had already been died witnessing for and working for peace in Iraq.
Instead, we spent considerable time on plans to get a peace pole erected....:-(
Since I'm an extremely liberal Friend far out on the edge and have plenty of my own shortcomings and failures,
no doubt, other Friends could point out many ways that I, too, don't live up to the Light.
Think about this: What is the Friends/Quakers beyond an empty form?
Even back in the 19th century, social activist Friends were opposed by their meetings because of their abolition work.
Most Friends instead focused on their religious forms.
Modern Friends insert totally contrary, contradictory views,
advocate opposing ethics,
even deny that the Light exists,
or insist that only a doctrinaire understanding of God is the Light.
At times, as a UU-leaning Friend, I'm tempted to jump ship.
Only the Unitarian-Universalists are also rearranging chairs, still order their services like traditional churches! And are caught down in a severe controversy right now, too (including opposition to their UU president).
And, strangely, like some Friends, many UU's claim the lifestance of Pagan!
Huh? How could any rational, contemplative members of Quakers and UU ever think that the cosmos is polytheistic?
Furthermore, such a worldview--Paganism--is completely contrary to everything that is essential to being a Friend (and a UU).
If you think differently, please comment on why you believe my observation is incorrect.
What if instead of inserting almost any and all contrary ethics and philosophies into the empty-bucket called Quakers...
What if instead of acting like lawyers arguing over minutia and forms...
What if all of us, instead, centered,
stood up against all war, inequality, injustice
and focused on seeking
the True, the Good, the Just, the Beautiful?
In the Light,