How do we decide if Friends Seminary is a Quaker School?
I have been hearing this questioned raised at meetings for worship with an intent for business and in called meetings, and we never seem to get to a method of asking the question, often it comes down to yes it is no it is not.
Well, perhaps we might look at it this way, what if a Friends meeting, used the school as a model for operation? First of all, our clerk and almost every member of every committee which defines us, or does the work of the meeting would not be member ... or even attender of this or any other meeting, in fact would self identify as members of other religions or no religion. Then, as children came to First Day School, they would be divided into those who are intelligent enough to be Quaker, those who have learning disabilities, and the simply average. The simply average would be turned away ... simply turned away. Those with learning disabilities would be sent to a special First Day School where they are out of sight of, and held apart from the very intelligent. The very intelligent would define the meeting.
Well, being that we are running the meeting in this manner, we would also test and segregate adults in our meeting in general, all the while proclaiming that we are not an elitist faith.
Work on the meeting house would not be cleared through business meeting, but every element of the original building, at any moment, might be ripped out to keep up with the look of the modern age, while we, at the same time expand our buildings, buying any adjacent property we may, because expansion is much more important to a Quaker meeting that being a good neighbor, and using that which we have well, and with thought, bigger is better in the Quaker ideal.
Now, to be fair, we have to then ask, does Quakerism work in the "real" world? I think it can, but, we need to ask if we should not treat interactions in the real world as our faith proclames, simply, and in a spirit of equality.