A new definition of convergent Friends?
In any case, I think it’s time I updated my definition of convergent Friends. I’m wrestling with how to do it. My current plan is to just edit the text in the old post. Does that complicate or confuse things since there are comments that were made for the original text? Well, somewhat, yes. But it’s my robinopedia. The disclaimer has always said that I reserve the right to edit them at any time, even without prior notice. But I’m open to advice on this matter. And if you want to add more comments with your opinion of the new version, please, go right ahead. (Even if you never commented before, really, I mean it. I love more comments.) If you want to write your own definition of what convergent Friends mean to you, go ahead.
One thing that has always been clear to me, if not to everyone else, is that while I may have coined a new phrase, I didn’t invent the phenomena it describes. Frankly, I was just looking for a more efficient way to refer to a trend that I saw happening, locally, in the Quaker blogosphere, and in a wide variety of Quaker communities across the U.S.
What I can say now is that the conversations that have been opened around this theme have brought me great joy in the last year. Thank you to all of you. Even the people who don’t like the idea or the word. Their questions and comments have also helped me refine what I mean and what I don’t mean. It is still true that I probably don’t mean the same thing everytime I use the word convergent. There is no precise, commonly accepted, peer-reviewed definition. Like any human concept, it is more fuzzy than pure mathematics; more fluid than written in stone; and more likely to change and grow over time.
Here are some other useful links:
Robin M. on Quaker History as a Uniting Force?
Peggy Senger Parsons on Why I Like The Idea of Convergence (and bubbles in the bathwater)
C. Wess Daniels's article in Quaker Life, "Convergent Friends: Passing On the Faith in a Postmodern World"
Robin M. says Relax
Liz Opp unravels some myths about convergent Friends
Wess Daniels notices some new trends within the convergent Friends conversation
All my convergent del.icio.us tags
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