Monday, October 17, 2016

Placebo that!

Lately RantMom has tired of watching Alton Brown sauté onions; her current Food Channel fave is "Chopped," a competitive cooking exercise where four contestants vie for a top prize won by cooking 4 courses each using some bizarre basket of ingredients, ingredients that are difficult to work with alone never mind in combination..

There is a panel of judges. Sometimes the judges have WILDLY varying opinions:

"The slightly caramelized jalapeno syrup on the corn bread crust simply makes the dish."

"The syrup makes it watery and you might as well have just burned the glop."

RantWoman's Meeting has been experimenting with Joys and Concerns or with corralling  / explicitly inviting them at the end of worship for several months. Reviews about Joys and Concerns are running about as divergent as the Chopped Judges right now.

RantWoman,how can you POSSIBLY compare Meeting for Worship to a Chopped episode?

God is Bountiful!

"Oh I love Joys and Concerns." RantWoman promises to elaborate. Actually RantWoman feels fully entitled to inflict her approximately 17 strands of opinion on the blogosphere. Stay Tuned.

Slight paraphrase, Eye Roller Friend repeatedly being true to his Light: "My sorrow is that Worship and Ministry continues to perpetrate this stupid practice." "True to his Light" is probably not the phrasing some reviewers would use, but this is RantWoman,

Remember, as a recent speaker put it, that the Quaker tradition was founded by a guy so full of his understanding of God that he would visit churches and give them two-hour lectures about how they are doing this faith thing wrong.

This also was before professional football.

RantWoman herself has been known to proclaim "I know from Sermons. If you would like it longer, I would be happy to elaborate. In this case, RantWoman is happy to tell anyone who complains about Eye Roller Friend's utterances that, well yes, he could be channeling George Fox at even greater length.

Newcomers to RantWoman's meeting, of which there seem to be a steady and inspiring
flow are not going to realize

1. that Eye Roller Friend's ministry of audible eye rolling has subsided quite a bit over many years of worship with us, eldering, conversation, and from some corners condescension.

2. RantWoman considers audible eye rolling a splendid accessibility ministry. RantWoman knows that lots of people roll their eyes sometimes about what form of God shows up in worship. RantWoman appreciates that at least when Eye Roller Friend ministers through throat clearing and general audible rumbling,, RantWoman can bloody well tell he is rolling his eyes.

Occasionally God and  Eye Roller Friend line up actual words instead of just well-timed throat clearing. Eye Roller Friend's latest verbal ministry involved a position that RantWoman would characterize as grappling with the Divine; RantWoman suspects Eye Roller Friend might think RantWoman is just being deliberately obtuse and completely missing the point of the word "placebo." If it's a placebo, bring it on. Maybe it can save RantWoman from getting body and psyche entangled in some pharmaceutical company's patent and profit regime.

Oh wait, save the pharmaceutical matters for still another thread.

RantWoman has multiple strands of opinion about the Joys and Concerns. RantWoman feels fully entitled to inflict her opinions on the universe or at least the thickets of interwebs where people read what is written her. Furthermore, RantWoman feels NO CALL one way or another to filter her Light through Worship and Ministry Committee. Friends worship is about direct and unmitigated oops unmediated experience of the Divine, never mind conversations about when the Divine does or does not look Divine. RantWoman is pretty sure God can handle it. RantWoman is less sure about...

Please hold RantWoman and those around her in the Light.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Matters PRINT

Good News and Bad News in the realm of Quaker / general PRINT and the library at RantWoman's Meeting.

The Good News: an email exchange involving the phrases large Print Bible and Amazon. As with everything to do with Amazon, RantWoman is never 100% confident that what will arrive is workable, but RantWoman is happy enough to send off a couple comments and will be grateful for
whatever emerges.

The other news, the RantWoman can you possibly go a single day without something to gripe about?" moment.

This item from the weekly bulletin:
"Take a break from the daily bustle and noise: a chance to spend a Saturday morning with Friends and a Pendle Hill pamphlet, *Saturday, October 15 from 10 am - 1 pm*.  We will meet in the social hall and pick a pamphlet from the wide selection on hand.  Read. - Discuss with Friends, and Eat potluck lunch together."

This event occurs periodically, usually on the third Saturday of a month. No matter how much RantWoman might LIKE to spend time with her community in this way. RantWoman has a standing conflict. So far this has meant RantWoman has passed up the opportunity to fly into a lather
about assumptions that everyone will either read PRINT, download some very early pamphlets that are free online, or pay to order the dang pamphlet electronically as a PDF. Stay tuned for RantWoman's leading to expand an understanding of "library."

Please hold all involved in the Light.

And if things go REALLY well, RantWoman will consider reading with earbuds in public something RantWoman HATES and only puts up with when feeling terribly accommodating.

Hold All Involved in the Light, and if anyone else wants to listen to a pamphlet read iwtih a mechanical voice at squirrels on steroids speeds, consider this an invitation, a fabulous blindness tourism opportunity....

An Exit Ramp for Trump Supporters

Useful for many situations I expect

Harvard Business Review: How to Build an Exit Ramp for Trump Supporters

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

International Delegation of women attempts to sail to Gaza

International Delegation of Women attempts to sail to Gaza. See full YouTube Playlist. Spread the word. Ask governments to object to seizing unarmed vessels in international waters.

No, of course the timing of this prophetic witness has nothing to do with either Jewish Holy days OR the which side is doing a better job of bombing civilians outrage in Syria.

Prayers all around!

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Happy Disabilities Employment Awareness Month!

RantWoman reminds her readers that October is National disability Employment Awareness MOnth, a thematic modification from when RantWoman last went on a daily binge blog about disabilities awareness.

Topical hashtags #NDEAM , #InclusionWorks
also thematically related #disablepoverty, #votedisability #cripthevote #disabilityvisibility

In honor of the occasion,

HuffPo Important Comments about Ableist Language

Six Ways Your Social Justice Activism er Quaker Meeting Might be Ableist

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Quaker Speak: How Many Quakers Are There in the World? (And Where Are They?)

I think God has a twisted sense of humor. I think God told a whole bunch of people with really divergent ideas of faith and faithfulness they are all Quaker and then turned them loose and told them to go forth and live according to their beliefs and figure otut what they have in common.
This Quaker Speak episode has a cool map of where Quakers are (Kenya and then everywhere  else ) The video also has some cool thoughts to prepare for World Quaker day which also sometimes masquerades as Reformation Sunday. This year World Quaker Day will be October 2.

Faith and Climate Action Conference October 8 University christian Church

RantWoman ENTHUSIASTICALLY endorses the upcoming Faith and Climate Action conference coming up October 8 and University Christian Church in Seattle.

RantWoman had visions of reproducing graphics and raving in detail about proposed program but RantWoman has decided to punt and point readers to any of several options for signing up!

Sunburst in Stained Glass



Faith and Climate Action: via the Church Council of Greater Seattle

Faith and Climate Action: via Faith Action Network

faith and Climate Action via Unitarians