The danger of self-perceptions: the American Friends Service Committee’s Sharon Goens-Bradley talks about “On Being Good.” Her piece in the October 2014 FJ is an insightful and at times bravely personal look at how our desire to be seen as the “good” ones blinds us to our participation in everything from structural racism to unhealthy family dynamics:

What would happen if instead of chasing the mantle of “good,” we let go and embraced all of who we are? Can we be “good” and selfish, or “good” and afraid, “good” and mean, ashamed, or even racist? How would our world be transformed if we opened our eyes to the parts of ourselves that we like to keep in the shadows?

After the Climate March, what?4

David Millar looks at next steps for religious groups working on climate issues:
This does not mean giving up your spirituality and your present leadings. Every little bit counts, including personal transformation, habits of consumption, prayer, support for members of your Meeting, multifaith groups and listening projects… You may feel your bucket is full…ecojustice is now the container, the ‘bucket’ that unites all our concerns.

A conversation on “religious wounding4

The What Canst Thou Say newsletter is looking at ways Friends hurt one another:
To facilitate healing and moving on from ‘Religious Wounding’ among Friends, we at WCTS would to start a conversation. What have you experienced in Friends meetings? How were those situations managed? What do you suggest to heal these mostly unspoken issues in the Religious Society of Friends?”