Saturday, December 22, 2007

Hiatus Until Mid-to-Late-January

I haven't posted in a while because I've been busy GRADUATING from college, and now I'm on a celebratory vacation, so I'll be on hiatus for a few weeks. You'll see me here again in mid- or late-January.

I hope everyone has a lovely holiday, however they spend it, and a happy New Year.

Blessings all,

Jeanne

5 comments:

MartinK said...

Hey hey, congrats. Does this mean you've dumped any remaining Cool Whip in the cabinet?

cubbie said...

hey there,

my name is cubbie, i go to sf monthly meeting. i'm SOOO excited to find this blog, because this is such important stuff. enjoy your time off, and i look forward to seeing what you say when you get back.

Jeanne said...

Well, I have a little more time on my hands than I'd planned. My trip got seriously stalled. I'm in a northern NJ hospital (far, far from home) with pneumonia. I'm healing and hope to be out soon, but after that, we're going home. So I've been able to post replies and such.

Martin, geeze, I haven't had Cool Whip in I don't know how long. Maybe I'll have to ADD it to my freezer.

Welcome cubbie! Thanks for stopping by. I hope to get back to posting later in January.

Friendly Mama said...

http://www.friendsjournal.org/contents/2006/0706/index.html

Jeanne,
I usually read each issue of Friends Journal a month or two after publication by picking up the Meeting's copy. I stumbled across the July of 2006 issue this week with the title of "Special Issue-Friends and Money". Have you seen it? If you haven't, I recommend picking it up in your library's archives or even ordering a back issue. The above is a link to the table of contents with one article archived on-line.

I've begun opening the discussion about my local Friends Meeting and class issues with other members of Meeting. At the end of this month we're going to have a woman lead a 2nd hour discussion about racism in Friends Meetings. In February I'll lead one on classism. I was really happy to find the Friends Journal issue dealing, in part, with money and privilege.

I hope you're feeling much better by now! Rest well and thoroughly.
Mary Linda

Jeanne said...

Mary,

I'm glad your Meeting is going to have a discussion about class! What resources is your Meeting using for this discussion, or is it going to be an open conversation?

When I saw the "Friends and Money" issue in 2006, I immediately bought a copy. But it sat on my bedside table for a year until after I took George Lakey's workshop on Quakers and Class. Then I read the Friends Journal issue.

I found it overwhelmingly riddled with class bias.

For instance, read this article (http://www.friendsjournal.org/contents/2006/0706/feature.html) from the perspective of someone who works two jobs for minimum wage, rents an apartment, and uses public transit to get around.

It certainly wouldn't speak to your condition.

Another article stated that the whole range of Quaker financial diversity is everyone from the most wealthy to those who choose to live below the poverty line to avoid war taxes.

I wasn't inside those boundaries when I first came to Quakerism. And if you're "choosing" to live below the poverty line, you're not working class or poor. It means you *can* live a comfortable life.

Class does not equal income.

I put that issue in the recycling bin with disgust.

But thank you for bringing it up on this blog. I hope you'll take a second look at the issue and ask yourself if you see any bias in it.

Jeanne