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06 June 2008


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Chocolate epistle
Reading the epistle from this year's Britain Yearly Meeting in last week's Friend was rather like listening to a sermon by the archbishop of Canterbury or eating too much chocolate
  • It all seemed to start out with the best of intentions but at the end of it, there was a feeling of hollowness if not slight nausea

  • Of course, it was very nice to hear about the hugging and stretching exercises and the children always bring a smile but, as the fashion these days seems to be to communicate in business speak, let us be fashionable
  • Looking at us through the eyes of an external business guru, brought in to turn the business round, the report might read: 'This business, “The Religious Society of Friends”, has a long and honourable history, although the average consumer believes it went out of business in the mid-eighteenth century and was taken over by a porridge manufacturer
  • It has a diminishing customer base and the demographics of this base, largely elderly, if projected forward will see it disappearing in around fifty years
  • It is rich in assets, tied up in underused, expensive buildings and top-heavy management and various trusts built up by its earlier successful members
  • Its most fundamental problem is that its stated aim “the worship of God” does not allow it to trade profitably

  • Alan Avery & Alan Russell

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