Plain in the city

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Tuesday, August 29, 2006

All These Friends Who Are Distancing Themselves From Liberal Quakerism...

lib·er·al (lib'?r-?l, lib'r?l)
[Middle English, generous, from Old French, from Latin liberalis, from liber, free.]


Not limited to or by established, traditional, orthodox, or authoritarian attitudes, views, or dogmas; free from bigotry.
Favoring proposals for reform, open to new ideas for progress, and tolerant of the ideas and behavior of others; broad-minded.
Of, relating to, or characteristic of liberalism.
Liberal. Of, designating, or characteristic of a political party founded on or associated with principles of social and political liberalism, especially in Great Britain, Canada, and the United States.

Tending to give freely; generous: a liberal benefactor.
Generous in amount; ample: a liberal serving of potatoes.
Not strict or literal; loose or approximate: a liberal translation.
Of, relating to, or based on the traditional arts and sciences of a college or university curriculum: a liberal education.

Archaic Permissible or appropriate for a person of free birth; befitting a lady or gentleman.
Obsolete Morally unrestrained; licentious.


A person with liberal ideas or opinions.
A member of a Liberal political party.




liberal, bounteous, bountiful, freehanded, generous, handsome, munificent, openhanded These adjectives mean willing or marked by a willingness to give unstintingly: a liberal backer of the arts; a bounteous feast; bountiful compliments; a freehanded host; a generous donation; a handsome offer; a munificent gift; fond and openhanded grandparents.See also: broad-minded
Antonym: stingy

The American Heritage® Dictionary

Kind'a sounds like a Quaker to me!?


At 12:03 PM, Blogger quakerboy said...

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At 12:11 PM, Blogger quakerboy said...

Where are you seeing a distancing from liberal Quakerism? Are there specifics or is it just a feeling that this is happening? How do you define "liberal Quakerism"?

I do see a move toward reclaiming the Christian paradigm of historic Quakerism. I don't see this "reclaimation" as distancing itself from liberalism. But perhaps this "revival" moves us beyond the labels of "liberal" or "conservative" and into a new area understanding of what it means to be members of the Kingdom of God.

Peace bro'!

At 1:20 PM, Blogger Lorcan said...

Hi Quakerboy!
Thee will find, in Beppeblog, and his new Blog, in my links, his discussion of leaving the SOF because of his issues with Liberal Quakerism, and thee will find in Martin Kelly's blogs some discussions of the emergence of Convergent Friends, as a response to Liberal Friends. I agree, the term Liberal Friends, is to a degree meaningless, as there are any number of expressions of Liberal Quakerism, from Hicksites, Beanites, New Age, Non-Theist, as an expression, I am not sure it is very descriptive.

At 3:15 PM, Blogger Larry said...

For many years I've been distressed by the success with which hardnosed opponents (especially political ones) have belittled, degraded, ridiculed and otherwise shown themselves hateful to anyone who has the courage to use the term liberal. I wear it proudly and will fight (intellectually) anyone offensive in response.

A friend turned me on to Rabbi Lerner's Left Hand of God, which I found almost totally compatible with my own values, although he is apparently too cowardly (or something) to call it liberal.

Instead he calls it the Left Hand of God, fighting words to any good liberal.

When Jesus ascended he took his seat at the right hand of God, but Lerner has assigned that honor to knaves and scoundrels of every sort.

Everyone degrades language. All good words, like love, faith, etc. has been systematically abused and degraded-- one of the most subtle and effective tools of the devil.

You got me started, but as I said at a recent discussion group: I have spoken!! in jest of course.

Good post, Lorcan.

At 6:57 AM, Blogger quakerboy said...

Thanks for the clarification, Lorcan! I have friends that refust labels. For me, I kind of like them :-).

I myself am a liberal, Conservative, Christian, anarchist, queer Friend with convergent tendancies. I guess that means, like Paul, "I am all things to all people." Well, except Pat Robertson...dang, it's hard to see the Light in him...gotta keep trying though.


At 8:33 AM, Blogger Lorcan said...

Ah Craig; That is a dear way to put it... Pat Robertson offers some challenge, dosen't he? Pat, if thee is out there, we love thee, but do try and be kind!


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