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America’s Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America

By Jim Wallis. Brazos Press, 2016. 272 pages. $21.99/hardcover or eBook. This book is as good a summary of the history and nature of racism as I have read. It is contemporary both in covering current events of racial violence and in using up-to-date terminology such as “white fragility” and “implicit racism,” terms necessary to […]

Patience A. Schenck is a member of Annapolis (Md.) Meeting and Baltimore Yearly Meeting’s Working Group on Racism. She is also a member of the Annapolis Human Relations Commission.


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Viking Economics: How the Scandinavians Got It Right—and How We Can, Too

By George Lakey. Melville House, 2016. 304 pages. $26.99/hardcover; $15.99/eBook. If the title of this book conjures up an image of a dense tome on the economic life of tenth-century Vikings, don’t be put off. George Lakey’s focus is all on the subtitle: How the Scandinavians Got It Right—and How We Can, Too. If one […]

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


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Quakers and Literature (Quakers and the Disciplines Volume 3)

Edited by James W. Hood. Friends Association for Higher Education, 2016. 167 pages. $19.95/paperback. The central thread that holds together the essays in Quakers and Literature is the invitation to “ponder the complex nexus of Quakerism and imaginative literature.” Some of the essays address what is perhaps an even larger and more important question: Is […]

Michael S. Glaser is a professor emeritus at St. Mary’s College of Maryland and served as Poet Laureate of Maryland from 2004 to 2009. He and his wife, Kathleen, offer retreats that fuse Parker J. Palmer’s Courage and Renewal work with reading and writing poetry. His website is michaelsglaser​.com.


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A Quaker Approach to Research, and Climate, Food, and Violence

A Quaker Approach to Research: Collaborative Practice and Communal Discernment By Gray Cox, with Charles Blanchard, Geoff Garver, Keith Helmuth, Leonard Joy, Judy Lumb, and Sara Wolcott. Quaker Institute for the Future Focus Book 7, 2014. 74 pages. $12/paperback; free PDF available at quakerinstitute​.org. Climate, Food, and Violence: Understanding the Connections, Exploring Responses By Judy […]

Philip Favero is a former agricultural economist at Michigan State and South Dakota State Universities and at the University of Maryland. In 2014 he cofounded the Climate Stewards of Greater Annapolis, which stems from Annapolis (Md.) Meeting and is dedicated to advocacy and education about climate change (see csgannapolis​.org).


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Toward a Right Relationship with Finance: Debt, Interest, Growth, and Security

By Pamela Haines, Ed Dreby, David Kane, and Charles Blanchard. Quaker Institute for the Future Focus Book 9, 2016. 126 pages. $15/paperback; free PDF available at quakerinstitute​.org. Can money and faith mix? How do we apply our Quaker principles to dollars-and-cents decisions? Is it possible to invest ethically and advance a moral economy? What financial […]

Tom Head is a member of Bridge City Meeting in Portland, Ore., and professor of economics at George Fox University. Both his professional work and his Quaker service have focused on international trade, finance, economic development, and international relations. He has a passion for interfaith dialogue and contemplating the role of world religions in the global economy.


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Rising to the Challenge: The Transition Movement and People of Faith

By Ruah Swennerfelt. Quaker Institute for the Future Focus Book 10, 2016. 111 pages. $15/paperback; free PDF available at quakerinstitute​.org. The Transition movement is rapidly becoming a significant international vehicle for deep, nonviolent, democratic social change, as community groups around the world study together about what a sustainable future will require and start to build […]

Brian Drayton worships with the new Souhegan Meeting, allowed by Weare (N.H.) Meeting.


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Hospitable Planet: Faith, Action, and Climate Change

By Stephen A. Jurovics. Morehouse Publishing, 2016. 155 pages. $18/paperback; $16/eBook. Ever since Evangelical Protestants rediscovered that the world is going to Hell in a handbasket—this time in an ecological as well as a moral sense—a groundswell of Christian writers have attempted to spur the faithful up out of their pews. The resulting books tend […]

Rob Pierson is a member of Albuquerque (N.M.) Meeting, a systems engineer, and a graduate of Earlham School of Religion with a particular interest in pilgrimage, nature, sacred space, and the intimate relation of science and faith.


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The Ecology of Care: Medicine, Agriculture, Money, and the Quiet Power of Human and Microbial Communities

By Didi Pershouse. Mycelium Books, 2016. 301 pages. $19.95/paperback. “When we stand in the center and look at the whole, we can understand issues that once perplexed us. Healing the old rifts between science and religion, between humans and nature, between old wisdom and new discoveries, is a matter of becoming more and more aware […]

Ruah Swennerfelt lives in rural Vermont and is a member of Burlington (Vt.) Meeting. She serves as clerk of the Earthcare Ministry Committee of New England Yearly Meeting.


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Popular Protest in Palestine: The Uncertain Future of Unarmed Resistance

By Marwan Darweish and Andrew Rigby. Pluto Press, 2015. 211 pages. $28/paperback; $21.99/eBook. As a Quaker who believes in both the morality and the effectiveness of well-planned and committed nonviolent action for peace and justice, I found Popular Protest in Palestine very informative and very challenging, but also more than a little discouraging. Implicitly, the […]

Richard Taylor is a member of Germantown Meeting in Philadelphia, Pa., and is active in the meeting’s task force on ending mass incarceration. Dick is also developing a website designed to encourage Christian preachers to avoid anti-Judaism in their sermons and in the church’s readings from the New Testament.


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A Seal upon the Heart: Quaker Readings in the Song of Songs

By Michael Birkel. Pendle Hill Pamphlets (number 438), 2016. 34 pages. $7/pamphlet. “Kisses Sweeter Than Wine”—some of us can remember that old song from the 1950s by the Weavers. One would guess that it came from the opening line of the Song of Solomon: “Let him kiss me with kisses of his mouth; for your […]

Brad Sheeks is a member of Central Philadelphia (Pa.) Meeting.


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