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Archive | October, 2008

An Addiction that Must Be Broken

With growing awareness of “green” issues, Friends likely share my concern about energy supplies and how we all are going […]


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Finding the Prophetic Voice for Our Time

Follow the way of love and eagerly desire spiritual gifts, especially the gift of prophecy. —1 Corinthians 14:1 Dear Friends, […]

Lizz Roe is the off-site coordinator at Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre in Britain. A member of Hereford and mid Wales Area Quaker Meeting, she worships in the tiny meeting of Newtown (tucked away in Montgomeryshire in rural mid-Wales). She was previously the tutor in practical theology at Woodbrooke and has been living out a concern for sustainability and simplicity over the last 25 years. Part of this has involved gradually reducing her carbon footprint to majority world levels in addition to finding ways to communicate the liberation possible through simplicity with grace, joy, and good humor.


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The Power of Hope

William McKibben predicts in his book Deep Economy that with the end of peak oil, people will become less concerned […]

Dan Michaud, a member of Old Chatham (N.Y.) Meeting, is a clinical social worker in a public mental health setting. He enjoys organic gardening and raising animals.


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Peak Oil

A few months ago, I gave a presentation at Alfred University about the global energy crisis. Before I began, I […]

Matthew Corson-Finnerty is a member of Germantown (Pa.) Meeting, currently attending Old Chatham (N.Y.) Meeting. He recently graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Alfred University in Western N.Y. He is currently living and working in a Quaker Intentional Village in Canaan, N.Y. To learn more about the village, please visit its website http://www.qivp.org. To learn more about Matthew's work, please visit his blog http://www.worldofless.blogspot.com.


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Thriving in Community: Surviving Peak Oil and Climate Change

Five years ago, when Community Solutions first began researching and teaching about peak oil and climate change, these problems could […]

Megan Quinn Bachman is the outreach director of Community Solutions, a nonprofit organization based in Yellow Springs, Ohio, which provides knowledge and practices to support low-energy lifestyles. Its new book, Plan C: Community Survival Strategies for Peak Oil and Climate Change, and more information on its programs are available at http://www.communitysolution .org.


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The Oil Depletion Protocol: How Alternative Fuels Can End Our Wars

Access to petroleum has been mentioned again and again as the primary reason for our nation’s current military engagement in […]

David W. Pilbrow is clerk of the Peace and Social Concerns Committee of North Meadow Circle of Friends in Indianapolis, Ind. He began educating himself about alternatives to oil at the beginning of the Iraq War. For the past three years he has served as a lobbyist for the Indiana Friends Committee on Legislation with a primary focus on an array of issues to support energy conservation, localized agriculture, and sustainable living. He retired from the Indiana State Department of Health in 2003 where he was editor of employee newsletters.


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A Quaker Family (Yours) Saves Energy

People in the United States, and Quakers in particular, are at a confluence of social, economic, and environmental events like […]

Tom Wells, a green remodeler in Yardley, Pa., attends Fallsington (Pa.) Meeting.


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Life During the Decline of Oil

What is happening in this crazy world? We pay almost $100 to fill our gas tanks and thousands of dollars […]

Ted Inoué, who lives in New Hope, Pa., is a Certified Sustainable Building Advisor working as an energy efficiency consultant. He is a founding member of Virescent Communities, a nonprofit organization that is creating a blueprint for the national reduction of the carbon footprint of existing homes. When not analyzing houses, Ted enjoys riding his bicycle around the farmland of Pennsylvania and New Jersey.


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Building a Low‐Energy House

Our family lived in an old farmhouse for nearly 50 years. We spent

Don Laughlin is a member of West Branch (Iowa) Meeting. After release from Civilian Public Service in the 1940s, he and his wife, Lois, joined the staff of Scattergood Friends School for ten years. He also worked as a biomedical engineer at University of Iowa hospitals for 30 years. Now, his great concern is the environment and people's individual attitudes and actions. He is currently part of a co-op that makes biodiesel fuel from used cooking oil.


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Friends and the Consumption and Generation of Electricity

My perception is that present discussion and advocacy among Friends concerning generating electricity has not matured into a robust discernment […]

Gordon Thompson attends Yonge Street Meeting in Newmarket, Ont. He is the manager for business development for a company that manufactures equipment that switches and controls electricity. He is also the current chair of Canadian Friends Historical Association.


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