Our Top Five Articles for 2022 (So Far)

Frederick Stymetz Lamb’s stained-glass portrait of William Penn (commons.wikimedia.org); Tetiana Shyshkina (Unsplash); Islander Images (Unsplash)

Quakers today have been challenged to reconsider much of what they know about their predecessors and their role in worldly affairs—at the same time, they have been given many opportunities to show how their testimonies can be applied to contemporary crises. And, of course, there is the effort to preserve the Religious Society of Friends as a spiritual home for future generations. These are the sorts of issues that have resonated with Friends Journal readers in the first half of this year.

5. Pour Out My Spirit

“It sorrows me and hurts me and vexes me to say this, but it’s true: I think most working-class and poor people, and even many rural and suburban middle-class folks, would not feel welcome at a Liberal Friends meeting.”

4. Rethinking William Penn

“Friends have only recently begun to examine and acknowledge our role in slavery, not as abolitionists or visionaries on the vanguard of the struggle for human rights, but as players in perpetration of one of the most egregious and long-standing crimes against humanity.”

3. How to Retain Young Families in Quaker Meeting

“People put energy into the things they’re excited about. A meeting can be the thing that young people and families are excited about, if a meeting is willing to shift its approach to be more inclusive of a wider variety of needs and ways to participate.”

2. The Peace Testimony and Ukraine

“Quakers are clear on their obligation to wage peace, serve those in need, and pursue diplomatic channels, no matter how narrow they might be. But what happens when diplomacy fails, justice is breached, aggression persists, and lives are endangered? “

1. Flawed Quaker Heroes

“As Quakers, we have testimonies of truth and equality. Adhering to these values would seem to suggest that we have a responsibility to examine and face up to the uncomfortable truths of the past, with all their awkward and painful implications. They may require us to change—in fact, they almost certainly do.”

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