Top ten things that drive me crazy about Quakers
When he started, I sat down and made my own list, just to see if they would overlap. They didn’t much, although I would agree with him on each point he made. So here is mine.
If I still have any readers left after offending you all with this list, I might try and finish the post I started a year ago entitled, “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways…”
#10 If it’s rundown, it must be more spiritual.
Friends are too often unwilling to invest in the care and upkeep of the buildings we own.
Not too long ago, a Quaker retreat center near me built a new building. Actually, they added on to an old building. It’s now safe and up to code, with an efficient kitchen, handicapped accessible bathrooms, and a beautiful, open, airy meeting room, especially if you include the view out the back windows and the deck on the side overlooking the stream through the forest. A non-Quaker visitor to the center donated his hand-made entryway cubbies and window seats with storage in a beautiful light wood. But an attender at my meeting said to me last year that he doesn’t like it, it seems too “corporate” to be Quakerly.
I suppose some Friends think we ought to spend “our” money on more important things, like feeding the hungry. But I believe that one of the important things that we do is to make our buildings available, in a Godly, functional and attractive manner, to people who are feeding the hungry and visiting the prisoners, etc.
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