What is the Friendly Fire Collective?
The Friendly Fire Collective is a network of individuals, cells, and communities committed to being doulas of the apocalypse, loving a new world into being. Drawing from Marxist and anarchist political traditions, as well apocalyptic mystical traditions, we seek to build a new world in the ashes of the old. We hold anti-fascist, anti-imperialist, and anti-capitalist convictions and desire to accompany revolutionary and liberatory movements in the so-called United States.
Our fellowship is bound together by: 1) Prayer and mystical practice 2) Revolutionary leftism and 3) Direct action.
Our hope is to strengthen the forming Religious Left and provide spiritual and pastoral care to revolutionaries.
Are you Quakers?
No. Most of the founding members have either been involved or are currently involved in the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), hence the name “Friendly Fire.” Though we do not see ties to institutional Quakerism as integral to our work, we value Quakerism’s prophetic tradition and mysticism and see this informing how we organize and worship.
What about those who do not identify as Christians – can they also be involved?
Yes. We are a community with Christians, but not a Christian community. We are a Spirit-led interfaith community. There is a Light within all people and we often call her the Holy Spirit. We invite mystics and people of faith from all traditions who share our struggle “against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world.” (Ephesians 6:12)
Why the name “Friendly Fire”?
The first few members of the collective were Quaker and were originally aiming to speak to the wider Religious Society of Friends in North America, critiquing the tradition and the things held as precious by fellow Friends that were in actuality unhealthy and oppressive. Hence, engaging in “friendly fire”.
As more people joined the collective, less and less of the members identified as Quaker. “Friendly Fire” has developed a tapestry of meaning for members of the collective. We are a fiery bunch – passionate and seeking to be filled with the Holy Spirit. Many of us hold charismatic/pentecostal convictions, and the language of fire speaks to both our revivalist and apocalyptic convictions.
Perhaps the name sounds a bit antagonistic, and in some ways that’s the point. We oppose this world and the powers that be, and we are shamelessly zealous for God’s coming kin-dom. Though we can be aggressive, and firm in our convictions, we still seek friendliness. We seek to love our neighbors as ourselves. We seek to embody the generous grace of God.
Do you support violence?
No, and this is why we are anti-fascist, anti-imperialist, and anti-capitalist. The current systems of this world feed off violent oppression. That being said, we see the violence/non-violence dichotomy as not just unclear, but unhelpful, and that taking a “non-violence” stance usually means siding with the violence of the state.
To further explore this topic, we recommend this episode of the Magnificast, Peter Gelderloos’ “How Nonviolence Protects the State“, and Logan Rimel’s blog post “My Nonviolence Stance Was Met With Heavily Armed Men“.
Are cops good?
“It is our duty to fight for our freedom. It is our duty to win. We must love each other and support each other. We have nothing to lose but our chains.” ―Assata Shakur
“Let us therefore trust the eternal Spirit which destroys and annihilates only because it is the unfathomable and eternal source of all life. The passion for destruction is a creative passion, too!” ―Mikhail Bakunin