My privacy and your transparency

My pri­vacy and your trans­parency. A nice essay from Johan Mau­rer that weaves together Edward Snow­den, shaw­dowy gov­ern­ment offi­cials, protest move­ment, taxes, Chris­tian­ity… and the uses and abuses of transparency:

Daniel Web­ster asserted, and Jus­tice Mar­shall agreed, that the power to tax is the power to destroy. The power to vio­late pri­vacy is sim­i­larly coer­cive, which brings us back to the issue of trust. I want to live a trans­par­ent life, and I (usu­ally) don’t mind being observed to be doing so. But an unin­vited obser­va­tion that is ulti­mately for the pur­pose of com­pelling my obe­di­ence, or track­ing my rela­tion­ships with oth­ers, or enforc­ing polit­i­cal uni­for­mity, is com­pletely unacceptable.

Spiritual Nurture & Advancement

Spir­i­tual Nur­ture & Advance­ment. Steven Davi­son con­tin­ues is “Quaker-pocalpyse” series with a piece on nam­ing the spir­i­tual gifts of those in our meetings.

I fear, how­ever, that most of our meet­ings do not try to name our mem­bers’ spir­i­tual gifts or nur­ture them in any proac­tive way. Too often we are left to our own devices when it comes to matur­ing in the life of the spirit. As a result, the col­lec­tive life of the spirit, the spir­i­tual matu­rity of the meet­ing, suffers.

A Gathered People

A Gath­ered Peo­ple. Craig Bar­nett on com­mu­nity in the mod­ern world:

A gath­ered peo­ple is not just an asso­ci­a­tion of indi­vid­u­als who hap­pen to share over­lap­ping val­ues or inter­ests. It is formed by the rais­ing and quick­en­ing of a new spir­i­tual life and power within each person.

C. Wess Daniels and Remixing the Quaker Way

C. Wess Daniels and Remix­ing the Quaker Way. Brent Bill reviews Wess’s new book:

Here’s why I think Wess’ book bears read­ing. It’s an artic­u­late, acces­si­ble analy­sis of the cur­rent state of North Amer­i­can (pri­mar­ily) Quak­erism. He also pro­vides a cogent por­trayal of the par­tic­i­pa­tory and remix­ing nature of early Quak­erism and why it had an such an impact on cul­ture, faith, and life.

Are Quakers Capable of Planting Churches?

Are Quak­ers Capa­ble of Plant­ing Churches?. Micah Bales starts a fas­ci­nat­ing dis­cus­sion about new Quaker meetings:

Per­haps the Reli­gious Soci­ety of Friends, broadly speak­ing, sim­ply doesn’t have the body mass to lend its strength to new efforts like ours. Could it be that the only way for Friends of Jesus to come to life is through inte­gra­tion and col­lab­o­ra­tion with other, more robust and mission-oriented com­mu­ni­ties, beyond the Quaker fold?