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Flee Or Die: Olympia Quakers Support Uganda’s Underground Railroad
"In this case, when we brought the request for support of LGBT Ugandans who were wishing to flee the country for safety to our Olympia Friends meeting, the support was absolutely overwhelming – and it was unanimous,” Broadhead said.
The issue was adopted as a cause for support by the meeting, and from that grew the Friends New Underground Railroad.
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Flee Or Die: Olympia Quakers Support Uganda’s Underground Railroad

"In this case, when we brought the request for support of LGBT Ugandans who were wishing to flee the country for safety to our Olympia Friends meeting, the support was absolutely overwhelming – and it was unanimous,” Broadhead said.

The issue was adopted as a cause for support by the meeting, and from that grew the Friends New Underground Railroad.

Read the rest of the story HERE

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Radical Abandonment

“The idea of the Gospel was a totally different logic of emancipation, of justice, of freedom. Within a pagan world, injustice meant a disturbance of natural order. In pagan traditions, justice was defined in what today we would call fascistic terms, each in his or her place in the hierarchy. There’s the benevolent father, women do their job taking care of the family, workers do their work and so on. Each at their post so that injustice equaled hubris, when one of the elements wanted to be born (to break away). And so, in a violent way, natural balance needed to be reestablished… But the message that the Gospel sends is precisely a radical abandonment of the idea of some kind of natural balance; the idea of Gospels and the part of sins is that freedom is zero. We begin from the zero point, which is the point of radical equality. Look at what St. Paul is writing and the metaphors he used. It’s a totally different world whose formal structure is that of radical revolution. Even in ancient Greece, you don’t find that—this idea that the world can be turned on its head, that we are not irreducibly bound by the chains of our past. The past can be erased; we can start from the zero point. This is the logic of emancipation… This is the good news that the Gospel means: you can do it, take the risk.” -Slavoj Zizek

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Worship as Witness: What Does Our Style of Witness Say?
"Over lunchtime today, I attended a Quaker meeting for worship. This is unusual in itself – my lunchtime is normally spent in my office with friends and colleagues! – but it was also unusual because our meeting wasn’t in a Quaker meeting house, but in the atrium of the British Museum – we were holding our meeting as an act of witness in opposition to the sponsorship of the museum by BP.
BP are a huge, transnational energy company, profiting from the causes of climate change and large scale environmental destruction (such as the Tar Sands). By holding a short period of silence and handing out some simple flyers, we were able to draw attention to what everyone could already see – the BP logo’s on every sign and billboard in the place! BP play a major role in wrecked ecosystems and climate chaos, posing a serious risk to the lives and well-being of communities all over the world. By paying money to put their name so prominently all over important institutions like museums, they are creating a clever piece of ‘green wash’. By accepting BP’s money, the British Museum are supporting a PR campaign for a company that has a long history of accidents, oil spills and environmental damage they would prefer we forgot about.”  Read the whole article HERE

Worship as Witness: What Does Our Style of Witness Say?

"Over lunchtime today, I attended a Quaker meeting for worship. This is unusual in itself – my lunchtime is normally spent in my office with friends and colleagues! – but it was also unusual because our meeting wasn’t in a Quaker meeting house, but in the atrium of the British Museum – we were holding our meeting as an act of witness in opposition to the sponsorship of the museum by BP.

BP are a huge, transnational energy company, profiting from the causes of climate change and large scale environmental destruction (such as the Tar Sands). By holding a short period of silence and handing out some simple flyers, we were able to draw attention to what everyone could already see – the BP logo’s on every sign and billboard in the place! BP play a major role in wrecked ecosystems and climate chaos, posing a serious risk to the lives and well-being of communities all over the world. By paying money to put their name so prominently all over important institutions like museums, they are creating a clever piece of ‘green wash’. By accepting BP’s money, the British Museum are supporting a PR campaign for a company that has a long history of accidents, oil spills and environmental damage they would prefer we forgot about.”  Read the whole article HERE

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From Quaker musician Jon Watts:

James Nayler: The Most Controversial Quaker

James Nayler is an Early Quaker that will live in infamy. While very influential as a minister and founder of the Quaker movement, Nayler is most known for riding into Bristol in a re-enactment of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem, with his followers singing “haligh haligh”. James was arrested and tried by Parliament for high blasphemy, then whipped through the streets of London and had a hole bored in his tongue and a “B” branded on his forehead.

Jon Watts learned about James Nayler as he was working on his senior project for the Quaker Leadership Scholars Program at Guilford College (“A Few Songs Occasioned“) and was moved to song.

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We’re gearing up for this year’s Global Day of Action on Military Spending! Learn more and find an event near you athttp://afsc.org/GDAMS