*Afterthought #60 – Snow Day

The next-to-the-last day of this month, snow fell once again on Lopez Island. It was 36° outside, yet the morning rain gradually turned to soggy flakes, then to sleet. Most of it melted as soon as it hit the ground, but for a place that typically sees snow only once a winter, this fourth round of snowfall stunned me.

In honor of our unusual weather, I’m ending this month with a link to a YouTube video from Moses Brown School­—a Quaker school in Providence, RI. Just as they did a year ago, they’ve made a new video, Can’t Stop the Feeling – School is Closed! The parody of Justin Timberlake’s hit song to announce a snow day will make you grin—and maybe wish for some flurries.

 

 

*“Afterthoughts” are my blog version of a practice followed in some Quaker meetings. After meeting for worship ends, people continue in silence for a few more minutes during which they’re invited to share thoughts or reflect on the morning’s worship. I’ve adopted the form here for last-day-of-the-month brief reflections on headlines, quotes, books, maybe even bumper stickers.

*Afterthought #59 – Moving Forward

Last night concluded Eileen Flanagan’s five-week online course, We Were Made for This Moment. Eileen has been working for environmental and social justice for nearly thirty years; the last five she’s focused on climate justice with Earth Quaker Action Team (EQAT), a group that combines smart strategy and spiritual grounding. I interviewed Eileen after reading her latest book, Renewable: One Woman’s Search for Simplicity, Faithfulness, and Hope. She brought all of her work and seeking to this course and also supported development of a community of over 100 participants (Quaker and non-Quaker) who, like me, now feel strengthened and heartened to discern and offer the skills and gifts we have to offer.course-flyer

 

If you’re seeking information about social change, clarity, and empowerment to move forward in this chaotic time, I recommend Elaine’s repeat of the course beginning February 12.

 

Until then, here are just a few of the resources I’m turning to as I move forward.

A Ten-Point Strategy to Stop Trump and Make Gains in Justice and Equality by George Lakey

198 Methods of Nonviolent Action by the Albert Einstein Institution

How to Stay Outraged Without Losing Your Mind by Mirah Curzer.

 

*“Afterthoughts” are my blog version of a practice followed in some Quaker meetings. After meeting for worship ends, people continue in silence for a few more minutes during which they’re invited to share thoughts or reflect on the morning’s worship. I’ve adopted the form here for last-day-of-the-month brief reflections on headlines, quotes, books, maybe even bumper stickers.

*Afterthought #58 -Feeling Patriotic

All month I’ve been looking and listening for encouragement to do hope. I’ve been surprised to find comfort and inspiration around the concept of patriotism. Two of my favorite authors, Ana Maria Spagna and Brian Doyle, wrote of their love for our country.

In Ana Maria’s Letter to America at http://www.terrain.org, she writes, “Am I worried? I am. But I’m not giving up. I’m holding fast to this one word: patriotic. My word. Your word. I refuse to cede it even if I don’t know yet how to protect all it stands for.” And Ana Maria is listening to Sharon Jones’ version of “This Land is Your Land.”

 

Brian Doyle proclaims, “This is my country and I’m not leaving it,” in his essay

whatwillyoudoCharles M. Blow at the New York Times promotes Patriotic Opposition to Donald Trump. He writes, “…the time for being vocal has emerged.”

And in yes! magazine, Bill McKibben suggests one way to be vocal – Stop the Funding Behind DAPL.

As we begin a new year, I’m feeling fortified by these examples of patriotism.

 

*“Afterthoughts” are my blog version of a practice followed in some Quaker meetings. After meeting for worship ends, people continue in silence for a few more minutes during which they’re invited to share thoughts or reflect on the morning’s worship. I’ve adopted the form here for last-day-of-the-month brief reflections on headlines, quotes, books, maybe even bumper stickers.

*Afterthought #57 – Hopeful Resources

Earlier this month in my post, Doing Hope, I described how “The Work That Reconnects” workshop transformed my despair about climate change and the outcome of the 2016 election. As a follow-up, the workshop sponsors sent information about organizations and activities that support active hope; I’ve added a few others that I turn to, as well as a QuakerSpeak video about some of the roots of activism among Friends. These are all good companions on the journey.

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“We Were Made for This Moment” – http://eileenflanagan.com/we-were-made-for-this-moment/, an online course by author, teacher, and activist Eileen Flanagan to help participants work for a more just and loving world. The course will blend three types of teaching—social change theory, spiritual discernment, and personal empowerment. Classes meet online the five Mondays of January (January 2 to January 30) from 7:30 until 9:00 pm EST. Registration: $50 for five weeks, $30 if you register by December 6 or if you recruit a friend to take the course with you.

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On Being –  http://www.onbeing.org, is a public radio conversation and podcast, a website and online exploration, a publisher and public event convener. On Being opens up the animating questions at the center of human life: What does it mean to be human, and how do we want to live?

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YES! Magazine – http://www.yesmagazine.org, reframes the biggest problems of our time in terms of their solutions. Online and in print, we outline a path forward with in-depth analysis, tools for citizen engagement, and stories about real people working for a better world.

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Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) – https://www.fcnl.org, a nonpartisan organization founded in 1943 by members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) that follows values of integrity, simplicity, and peace to build relationships across political divides that will move policies forward.

 

25760-copy-qvs-banner2Quaker Voluntary Service (QVS) – www.Quakervoluntaryservice.org, fosters dynamic relationships of service, witness, and worship in a living Quaker faith. In a world oppressed by the powers of violence, domination, exclusion and fear, QVS empowers transformative partnerships in the work of liberation and justice.

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http://songsforthegreatturning.net – Gretchen Sleicher is a singer, songpasser, songwriter and facilitator of The Work That Reconnects. She created the Songs For the Great Turning website to help spread songs that bring us together and sing us into a new life-sustaining society.

 

 

A Quaker Vision for Political Activism

 

*“Afterthoughts” are my blog version of a practice followed in some Quaker meetings. After meeting for worship ends, people continue in silence for a few more minutes during which they’re invited to share thoughts or reflect on the morning’s worship. I’ve adopted the form here for last-day-of-the-month brief reflections on headlines, quotes, books, maybe even bumper stickers.