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The day after the midterm elections ... This blog post
will be appearing on the day after the midterm elections.As I write a few hours before results are in,
we are still reeling from the recent violence caused by racial and religious
hatred and, in the case of the pipe-bombs, by an apparent inability to deal
with anger stemming from intolerance. More hatred, clothed slightly
differently. But by the time
this is posted, we will have had an election, one that may make a huge change
in how our country is to manage its affairs or may further empower those who
have been in charge for the last two years. I will not hide that my hope has
been for the change. However, whatever
the outcome in the control of various seats of power, I will continue to hold
out another hope, one that is longer in scope than a single election and
broader than any single electoral victory or defeat. It is that we – all of us
– will commit to teach, learn, and continue to build the practices we need that
I am a Friend, a member of the
Religious Society of Friends, known as Quakers.I hope you are not surprised to know that Quakers are still around, but
I will not be surprised if you are. Beginning in England in the 1650s,
Quakerism grew out of the Protestant Christian tradition, and spread to the
American colonies soon after. Known for our testimonies of pacifism, equality,
and simple living, we are sometimes considered to have a contrarian point of
view on matters of foreign policy and social justice issues.When I was growing up, we were sometimes
confused with Amish, Puritans, Shakers, and oatmeal makers and I thought that
we were an odd group far out of the mainstream. What I have learned as I have gotten
older and more deeply confirmed in my faith is the many ways that we are
similar to other religions, in our beliefs and in what we value. I think you will find that some Quaker beliefs
will resonate with you, whatever your spiritual language or orientation: - We
believe that there is …