Update: I’ll be adding #qqtalk to tonight’s live Twitter blog of the Presidential debate. If you have a Twitter account you can just follow me at “martin_kelley” and non-Twitter users can see all the qqtalk posts by going to this “qqtalk” page. And definitely check out the fascinating discussions happening in the comments of this post!
Wess of GatheringinLight just emailed me if we might designate a “qqtalk” tag for those
of us QuakerQuaker regulars who are live-blogging tonight’s
presidential debate on Twitter.com. Interesting idea but I’m worried
that it will be too partisan. I, for one, have not been live blogging
the debates as a Friend.
I’ve taken a lot of care to keep QuakerQuaker culturally-neutral
so that we keep the focus on the faith. I want it to be a place where
people from different backgrounds and values will find common ground in
their interest in the role of Quaker tradition in their lives. I’m a leftie East Coast Christian anarco-pacifist – vegan, bike rider, you get the picture, right? – and while I can argue that my values jibe with my
understanding of Quaker faith, I would never want to presume that you
have to adopt them to be a good Quaker.
Part of the problem
with Quakerism in all of its forms is that we’ve mixed up the faith
with the culture and sometimes don’t know where one ends and the other
begins. That’s kind of natural but it’s led to a situation where we’re
sometimes divided against one another over the wrong issues. We also use the words “Quaker” or “Friends” as a shortcut for a range of values and don’t do the work explaining how the faith leads to the values.
in the few hours we have till the debate, any ideas about whether to
adopt a qqtalk tag? Drop them in the comments. Also, if you’re a Quaker
who’s going to be live-twittering tonight, leave your twitter name
below so people can see what we’re doing on an individual level if they
I’ll start off: