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Sleeping with Margaret Fell: A Pilgrimage to 1652 Quaker Country

A pilgrimage to the “1652 Country” retraces the footsteps of early Quaker women.

Maggie O’Neill (formerly known as Peggy) is a longtime member of Richmond (Va.) Meeting and the mother of two sons, Coleman and Jonathan (Jon) Watts. She leads Sacred Circle Dances and workshops on the sacred feminine. Maggie and her husband, Al Watts, are founding members of Ashland Vineyards, a Quaker-based intentional community. She recently retired from teaching at Virginia Commonwealth University.


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Inspiration From Quaker Women of the Past

I have received much inspiration and encouragement from the stories of earlier Quaker women who were willing to take the […]

Marcelle Martin is a member of Chestnut Hill Meeting in Philadelphia, Pa. She leads retreats and workshops related to spiritual life and is completing a book telling the story of the communal shift of consciousness made by early Friends.


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Quaker Women in Prison Reform

While many Quakers are familiar with the pioneering work of Elizabeth Fry in Newgate Prison, London, relatively few are aware […]

Margaret Hope Bacon, a member of Central Philadelphia (Pa.) Meeting, is an author and lecturer. She has written 13 books on various aspects of Quaker history and biography, including Abby Hopper Gibbons: Prison Reformer and Social Activist. She is currently working on a book on Quaker women in prison reform. © 2002 Margaret Hope Bacon


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Robert Purvis: Friend of the Friends

Across the road from Byberry Meeting in the 19th century, on the northeast edge of Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, stood Harmony […]

Margaret Hope Bacon, a member of Central Philadelphia (Pa.) Meeting, is a lecturer and author of 13 books on various aspects of Quaker history and biography, and vice president of the Pennsylvania Abolition Society. She is writing a book on Robert Purvis. © 2002 Margaret Hope Bacon


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Learning from Sarah Douglass

In 1833, Sarah Mapps Douglass, an African American educator, moved from her home in Philadelphia to New York City to […]

Margaret Hope Bacon is a member of Central Philadelphia (Pa.) Meeting. She has recently published Love Is the Hardest Lesson: A Memoir. ©2002 Margaret Hope Bacon


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Letter to My Grandchildren

Dear grandchildren, Ever since the bombing of the World Trade Center in New York over two years ago, I have […]

Margaret Hope Bacon, a member of Central Philadelphia (Pa.) Meeting, is an author and lecturer. Her most recent book is a novel,Year of Grace. She has four grandchildren, four stepgrandchildren, and eight stepgreat-grandchildren.


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Remembering Agnes: A Lesson in Nonviolence

Whenever I try to trace back my faith in that of God in every one, and the power of nonviolence, […]

Margaret Hope Bacon is a member of Central Philadelphia (Pa.) Meeting. She wrote this article in 1996, and it is being published for the first time; but, in a different rendition, it was incorporated into her book Love Is the Hardest Lesson.


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Book Reviews: April 2012

Bob Dockhorn on Carol Faulkner’s Lucretia Mott’s Heresy, Tom Hamm on Elizabeth Taylor Stirredge’s Strength in Weakness Manifest, and more […]


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Quaker Bestsellers 2013

From the 2013 FGC Gathering in Greeley, Colorado

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South Africa: Agony and Hope

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