Before heading to the FGC Gathering, I'm doing what I can to catch up with web-reading. Here are some snippets and summaries.
A new Quaker blog, Riding the Whale, has an important post about rites of passage among Friends. Be sure to poke around in Danny's other posts, too, where he mentions, for example...
Friendly Pilgrim. This website has some interesting things to say about aspects of a pilgrimage, other words and concepts related to pilgrimage as a rite of passage, etc. The link Aspects of Pilgrimage reminds me of some of what I hope to be addressing in the Gathering workshop about Quaker identity. Very exciting!
I'm also about halfway through the new Philip Gulley & James Mulholland book, If God Is Love. I came across this quote, which reminded me of a comment Robin M. had made elsewhere (I'm not even gonna look for where that comment is, at this point):
God has no grandchildren. My children cannot inherit my faith. I can't save them. Each of us is on a journey. My role as a parent is not to convert my children, but to live a life consistent with my experience of God's radical love and trust that such a life will attract them... I do this realizing the paths my children choose may not be mine. My response to their choices is not to panic or control, but to love them unconditionally, as God loves me.Blessings,
UPDATE: Here's another interesting post, at Consider the Lilies, about young Friends, being Quaker in name or in practice, and asking some Really Big Questions.