Ah, today was the rest day at the Friends General Conference, a week of wacky Quakers. Since we had no activities planned for the afternoon, I slept and then read some Doris Lessing and then walked to downtown Blacksburg, VA and purchased blueberries from the Farmers Market.
Today in the workshop I co-lead with Kody Hersh (aka Super Quaker Lad) our topic for the high school and young adult participants was Quakers and the Bible. Many modern liberal Friends know very little about the Bible, particularly the young people, and some carry decidedly negative assumptions and opinions about it. We discussed these in a worship sharing context and then I walked them through a Bibliodrama, so that they could experience a passage of the Bible firsthand.
In reflecting on the Bible, one high school student shared the following about his first childhood encounter with the Bible.
At my yearly meeting one year I found a children’s bible and I was drawn to it, not because it was spiritual, but because it had stories of violence in it. My parents were not big on giving me stories on conflict, so I was really excited that there was this Bible that had people fighting and killing each other.
-Scott, Iowa Yearly Meeting (WI)