Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Adult literacy idea

Another nutty development-related idea from yours truly:

Literacy curriculum where adults write letters in permanent marker on
different parts of their body (or spouse's body) (i.e. "H" on their
hand) as backbone of curriculum. Then they have to keep the letter
dark when it starts to fade after a couple of days. Multiple colors
might be nice. Also an underline somehow for orientation. Connection
with religion / resisting the occult might be appropriate. Ideal if
supported by monks/church. Exciting and edgy but still "okay."

The writing exercises can be basic prayers keying off the
body-connected words. "Help me Lord, the Hopes of my Heart are in your
Hands." Or, "My Back is Bare and my Butt is Bony, but my Brain
Believes in the Blood of Christ."

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-Steven Bhardwaj
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Monday, February 20, 2012

What is a Quaker

Great piece on what it means to be Quaker:
http://www.clotheyourselfinrighteousness.com/you-are-not-a-quaker-so-please-stop-calling-yourself-one/

Key Excerpts:

Things I learned: None of us are practicing anything like original Friends although Conservative Quakers come closest with their combination of silent worship and biblical grounding.

However, silent worship isn't what makes defines Quakers (no, we can't cut off the Pastoral Branches).

Nor is a Biblical grounding or a strong Christian theology (that's right, you also can't do away with us filthy Liberals).

Likewise, connection to Quaker history and tradition does not make one a Quaker (yep, many authentic Quakers in the world have not even heard of George Fox).

And finally, being an active member of the Quaker community DOES NOT MAKE YOU A QUAKER.

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Quakerism is a movement of people, or Friends of God, who engage in the process of inviting the Search Light (aka God) to shine upon all of our coverings (all that is unholy in our lives), so that we can identify them and work to remove them, with the help of God's grace.