Friday, March 16, 2018

Open Submission to that of God in everyone?

Wisdom from the Association of Bad Friends group on Facebook. Pick a search string and Find it your own self to locate the original author.

Son of a biscuit... not even 24 hours after I posted my judging, my own Meeting judges me back in the minutes for Meeting with Attention to Business

"*Is our behavior therein that of open submission to God
in silent communion?* For many this is a touchstone query. Some ask whether they are acting in ”open submission to God” when discerning whether to share a piece of spoken ministry during meeting for worship.

We find not all messages we consider rise to this standard. For others open submission to God means open submission to that of God in everyone present"

Awright, awright, awright... at least give me credit for being silent about my lack of submission?

Friday, March 9, 2018

Does U District Mobility reach the Meeting?

RantWoman has more than one life in blogland. The item below collects some thoughts from a public engagement event related to mobility planning for the Light Rail station due to open near RantWoman's Meeting in 2021.

Here RantWoman notes some meditations and wonderings specific to the location of RantWoman's Meeting. RantWoman has NO opinion about whether anyone else will find her wonderings germane to anything. RantWoman posts them here in Light and faithfulness and as a diversion from other thoughts seething in her soul. Hold RantWoman's soul in the Light.

RantWoman wants to see the maps drawn by other participants because RantWoman is interested in traffic, ped, bike, car, bus (do not forget freight) between the new station and Wallingford a neighborhood a good bit west of the meetinghouse. How much of the burgeoning pedestrian flows are going to be streaming past the Friends Meeting? Is information about that likely to come out of this U District mobility project or should our Meeting be thinking about our own small area with a different project????

Mention was made at the workshop both of family friendly housing and of 300-ft towers. As far as rantWoman knows no one expects the 300-ft towers to be anything but office space, meaning more traffic at commute times. RantWoman though is wondering whether the  family friendly housing is a realistic vision and how, where it might come about.

And speaking of neighborhood circulator vehicle, any chance the various faith communities in the U district MIGHT find it supportive of their congregational life to ensure that such a circulator also operates on Sundays?

There. Probably enough for now.

Oops. Another topical link not to lose track of

Monday, February 26, 2018

Coloring inside the lines: before and after.

The before story:

tactile graphics demo fun

The part after RantWoman's inner kindergartener needed a break from something else and was let out to play with the magic markers and the tactile images. Possibly more than enough kindergarten nostalgia.

Coloring for valentine's Day

Coloring for St Patrick's Day

Sunday, February 18, 2018

And into Plowshares Beat their Swords ?

RantWoman feels like a biblical literacy philistine. To wit, RantWoman has NO CLUE what Isaiah 2:1-5 is doing as the reading at RantMom's church for the first Sunday of Lent. Further reflection headed at least for the mean-to-read list, along with crankiness about the wording of the chosen Bible version (beating swords into shovels? Really?) as well as gratitude for an app that allows RantWoman to search a whole bunch of versions.

RantWoman thanks her search engine for turning up this video based on the search string "and into plowshares beat their swords." The video was not one RantWoman was looking for and RantWoman does not know enough Hebrew to know how much of the passage is being sung. RantWoman will cope with  risk of words going awry; RantWoman expects readers to do likewise.

4 signs, Calendar, the Calvin Workshop, Drumming, and Project Safe Place

Anyway, RantWoman is delighted to have gotten a peek at the passage as part of the next in the series of Calvin workshops at RantMom's church. Today's workshop was on Christianity as an embodied religion and included wonderful movement mirroring and  reflection moments. Plus exploring faith with RantMom is always a good thing, AND it was nice to see one of the other parishoners looking like she is feeling MUCH better after back surgery.

Understand, RantWoman can find plenty of reasons to be wary of anything called "movement," but the food after Calvin workshops has been wonderful, and RantMom's church comes with JOY, JOY from calm kids participating in exercises, joy from adult friendliness, and joy from the Light of the pastor. So off RantWOman went.

The "movement" part turned out to be nicely bearable. That is RantWoman, Rant Mom,  the woman who just had back surgery, and some others for various reasons opted mostly to sit. (No, adding Ambassador Thwack would NOT have been a good idea.) RantWoman did discover that the woman who just had surgery is one of those (COMPARATIVELY)  calm people with whom it can be pleasant just to sit and NOT follow the program.

NO, RantWoman is probably not going to resume ancestral Presbyterian connections, but RantWoman is ALWAYS grateful to visit.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Think of Business Meeting?

RantWoman what did you think of Meeting for Business?

Ummmm, thank you for asking.

RantWoman, like her counterpart did not think Conflict Is a Gift of God Friend's presentation about his most recent travels in ministry did justice either to the topic or to the process of supporting it. A further report is due; RantWoman is unclear about the reason to put this item on the agenda.  RantWoman has a sense though that it would have been nice if her counterpart in the conversation at least grasped the process points but RantWoman opted not to probe and to save conversation energy for another theme exercising

Clang, clang, Clang in the zone of "trust the committee" about the process points anyway.

RantWoman remembers a previous attempt to support a ministry based on a document that was lacking in a number of points. RantWoman remembers not saying everything that should have been said at the time in Business Meeting  because 1. RantWoman wanted to support the Friend making the request and 2. RantWoman thought the supporting committee would have things better figured out than the presentation in Meeting for Business indicated.

RantWoman never minds being wrong about such concerns. In fact, RantWoman would say, based on numerous comments and observations, that the relevant committee was not actually in unity about the increment of effort needed to offer modest support for Friends ministering at some distance. This gap in energy makes RantWoman crabby actually, but RantWoman presently balances this concern against her own leading to work and worship closer to home.

In this case, it took the relevant committee almost 3 years to get to a functional minute and the next steps of a ministry under care also of our Yearly Meeting. RantWoman also felt decently well heard while being true to very clear light. In fact, even though there was still steam rising from RantWoman's ears at one moment, RantWoman was profoundly surprised by the sensible thoughts that fell out of her mouth at one key Meeting for Business. Enough said for now.

Beyond the scope of Meeting for Business.
RantWoman is glad for a discussion related to immigration. The topic was ripe and Meeting has been close to unity for awhile. RantWoman realized that discussion would go best if RantWoman just said as little as possible and upheld movements of Spirit.

Movements of spirit included one Friend very concerned about threads still pending and beyond the scope of Meeting for Business. Meeting decided to move ahead anyway and Concerned Friend continued to protest as Friends did their stand and move on gesture. The stand and move on gesture irks RantWoman even though this time it also came with fervent wish that Friend with the Concern get his words and thoughts lined up more clearly.

RantWoman unites with the need to move on with clear instructions. HOWEVER, among topical "beyond the scope of Meeting for Business" points on RantWoman's mind:

1. A call from the Church Council of Greater Seattle to speak to the King County Council in support of policies designed to support safety for people regardless of immigration status. RantWoman's quibble with the county measure: the wording is limited and does not speak to all county employees. RantWoman should go look up some points before commenting further.   

2. Our Meeting is lucky to live in a state where the attorney general is prepared to advise officials all over the state about options and choices related to immigration matters which might affect people in their communities.

Perhaps, with Divine guidance and all sorts of mishmash about immigration issues all over the news, that is enough said for now.

A third major item on the agenda intrigues RantWoman but gets its own post. RantWoman was glad to hear concurrence that "creating new Quakers" is worthy of some focus.  And that is all for now.

In Light and Faithfulness.


Tuesday, February 13, 2018

A black man goes undercover in the alt-right | Theo E.J. Wilson

RantWoman is utterly charmed and inspired by the TED talk below. Enough said. Let the speaker do the rest of the talking.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Problem is...?

Ummm, earth to RantWoman:  You're a big fan of gene Sharp and no doubt other practitioners of non-violence? See this blog post for instance

Yeah, basically.

--M'kay? But you introduce your cane as "This is Ambassador Thwack. He's my anger management consultant?"

--You admit from time to time you may run a multilingual multiconfessional and permanently overbooked  flogging bureau, floggings non-consensual?

 Yep. I have said such a thing.

--And you confess that "too much Buddhism makes (you) want to punch someone?"

Yep again. Welcome to Planet RantWoman. You see the problem?

--Oh my. Look RantWoman, could you maybe at least try to have the problem with fewer $50 words?