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Prophetic Witness, Prophetic Action” by Diane Randall
The Trouble with ‘Strangers’ ” by Gerri Williams
Can Quakerism Survive?” by Donald W. McCormick
Breath of the Ancestors” by Paul Ricketts

Quaker Book Reviews



Authors: Neil Burdick, Steve Chase, Brian Drayton, Mitchell Santine Gould, Pamela Haines, Barbara Hildt, Linda Lee, Alastair McIntosh, Donald W. McCormick, Rob Pierson, Diane Randall, Paul Ricketts, Kayla Schneider‐Smith, Gerri Williams, Kristin Camitta Zimit.

Forum, February 2018

Forum: Letters from our readers. 🔒


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Viewpoint: Influencing People Who Shape Public Policy

Tips to make sure one’s advocacy actually influences policymakers.

Barbara Hildt is a member of Amesbury (Mass.) Meeting who was elected five times to serve from 1983-1993 as Massachusetts state representative for First Essex District.


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An interview with David Harrington Watt

Friends Journal catches up with Haverford College’s new professor of Quaker studies. 🔒

Aliyah Shanti is the temporary assistant editor at Friends Journal. She lives in Philadelphia and is a member of Olympia (Wash.) Meeting.


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Popular resistance by Ryan Rodrick Beiller/AFSC

News February 2018

News of Friends: Statement from AFSC on being banned from work in Israel; Remembering Muted Voices symposium; Quakers in Britain […]


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Living in Dark Times

By Rex Ambler. Pendle Hill, 2017. 27 pages. $7/Pamphlet. Reading the title of this pamphlet calls up images of the […]

Pamela Haines is a member of Central Philadelphia (Pa.) Meeting.


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The Call to Radical Faithfulness: Covenant in Quaker Experience

By Douglas Gwyn. Plain Press, 2017, 104 pages. $10/Paperback; $5/eBook. In this inspired collection of short essays, sermons, and half‐hour […]

Steve Chase is a member of Putney Friends Meeting in Vermont and currently serves as the Manager of Academic Initiatives at the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict in Washington, D.C. He is the author of the Pendle Hill pamphlets Revelation and Revolution: Answering the Call to Radical Faithfulness and Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions? A Quaker Zionist Rethinks Palestinian Rights. He is also a regular contributor to Minds of the Movement, www.nonviolent-conflict.org/blog/, an ICNC blog on the people and power of nonviolent civil resistance.


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An Early Assessment: U.S. Quakerism in the 20th Century: Papers from the Quaker History Roundtable, June 8–11, 2017

Edited by Chuck Fager. Kimo Press, 2017. 235 pages. $11.95/Paperback. In the interest of full disclosure, this reviewer spent several […]

Mitchell Santine Gould is a leading authority on Walt Whitman’s Quakerism, and runs the website LeavesOfGrass.Org. His analysis of Transcendentalism as the secularization of Quakerism has appeared in Quaker History and in Quaker Theology. He is an attender at Multnomah Friends Meeting in Portland, Ore.


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An Extraordinary Ordinary Woman: The Journal of Phebe Orvis, 1820–1830

By Susan M. Ouellette. State University of New York Press, 2017. 380 pages. $29.95/paperback; $29.95/eBook. For ten years, 1820 through […]

Neal Burdick is retired as senior writer/editor at St. Lawrence University, where he continues to teach Advanced Writing. Also a freelance writer and editor, he lives in Canton, New York, where he is a member of St. Lawrence Valley Friends Meeting, an allowed meeting under the care of Ottawa (Canada) Meeting.


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Becoming Curious: A Spiritual Practice of Asking Questions

By Casey Tygrett. IVP Books, 2017. 192 pages. $16/paperback; $15.99/eBook. Got faith? Then why question? Now there’s a question, and […]

Rob Pierson is a member of Albuquerque (N.M.) Meeting and a graduate of the Master of Ministry program at the Earlham School of Religion. He enjoys parallel lives in Quakerism and engineering, two fields where questions are at the core of the discipline.


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Sandra L. Smith Stoltz

Stoltz—Sandra L. Smith Stoltz, 63, on March 29, 2017, in York County, Pa. Sandy was born in York County on […]

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