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A Loving Quaker Journey to BDS

A Friend struggles to find a position on the Boycott, Divestments, and Sanctions Movement.

Lauren Brownlee is a member of Bethesda (Md.) Meeting and serves on Baltimore Yearly Meeting Peace and Social Concerns Committee and the D.C. Peace Team. She is also on the steering committee for the Quaker Palestine Israel Network.

Posted in: Features, Quakers and the Holy Land
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Trouble in the Tribe; We Will Not Be Silenced; On AntiSemitism

Trouble in the Tribe: The American Jewish Conflict Over Israel By Dov Waxman. Princeton University Press, 2016. 316 pages. $29.95/Hardcover; $19.95/Paperback; $29.95/eBook. We Will Not Be Silenced: The Academic Repression of Israel’s Critics Edited by William I. Robinson and Maryam S. Griffin. AK Press, 2017. 222 pages. $19.95/Paperback; $19.95/eBook. On AntiSemitism: Solidarity and the Struggle […]

Steve Chase is a member of Putney (Vt.) Meeting and currently serves as the Manager of Academic Initiatives at the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict in Washington, D.C. Most recently, he is the author of the Pendle Hill Pamphlet Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions? A Quaker Zionist Rethinks Palestinian Rights (reviewed in our October 2017 issue). He is also a regular contributor to Minds of the Movement, an ICNC blog on the people and power of civil resistance.

Posted in: March 2018 Books, Quaker Book Reviews, Quakers and the Holy Land
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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 challenges Rex Ambler intends to address. If we are paying attention to what is going on in the world these days, we are likely to feel overwhelmed, battered, knocked off center, and awash in disbelief […]

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

Posted in: February 2018, February 2018 Books, Quaker Book Reviews
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Active Peace: A Mindful Path to a Nonviolent World

By G. Scott Brown. Collins Foundation Press, 2016. 197 pages. $19.95/paperback. I learned about this book through the Metta Center for Nonviolence in California, whose mission is to awaken individual power for nonviolence. The title of this book is so close to Joanna Macy’s Active Hope (one of my very, very favorites) that it doubly […]

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Frackopoly: The Battle for the Future of Energy and the Environment

By Wenonah Hauter. The New Press, 2016. 276 pages. $27.95/hardcover. Food & Water Watch is a national organization with state chapters; as such, it is nimble enough to organize on local issues. In this book, founder and executive director Hauter discusses fracking, which she says “looms as the environmental issue of our times,” state by […]

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Forum, September 2017

Letters from our readers: Overworked caregivers; Minding our Light?; More listening, less explaining. 🔒 Friends Journal Member? Sign in here! Not an FJ member? To read this piece, please join us today! For $28, you’ll get: A year of Friends Journal delivered to your mailbox (11 issues) and email Full, instant access to the world’s largest online […]

Posted in: Forum, September 2017
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A Centennial History of the American Friends Service Committee

By Gregory A. Barnes. Friends Press, 2016. 498 pages. $24.95/paperback. At the Conference of Quaker Historians and Archivists in 1994, Quaker historian J. William Frost argued that the historical significance of Friends in the twentieth century lay primarily in social, political, and humanitarian activism. Of that activism, the best-known manifestation is unquestionably the American Friends […]

Thomas D. Hamm is professor of history and director of special collections at Earlham College and a member of West Richmond (Ind.) Meeting. He has written extensively on Quaker history since 1800.

Posted in: AFSC Centennial, April 2017 Books, Quaker Book Reviews
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This Is an Uprising: How Nonviolent Revolt Is Shaping the Twenty-First Century

By Mark Engler and Paul Engler. Nation Books, 2016. 368 pages. $26.99/hardcover; $15.99/eBook. [Buy on Quakerbooks] Toward the end of This Is an Uprising: How Nonviolent Revolt Is Shaping the Twenty-First Century, coauthors Mark and Paul Engler argue that Quakers have often acted powerfully as a “prophetic minority” in U.S. history—sometimes to great practical effect. According […]

Steve Chase is a member of Putney (Vt.) Meeting and the author of Letters to a Fellow Seeker: A Short Introduction to the Quaker Way and Revelation and Revolution: Answering the Call to Radical Faithfulness.

Posted in: March 2017 Books, Quaker Book Reviews, Race and Anti-Racism
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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.

Posted in: November 2016 Books, Quaker Book Reviews, Quakers and Social Media
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What We’re Fighting for Now Is Each Other: Dispatches from the Front Lines of Climate Justice

By Wen Stephenson. Beacon Press, 2015. 239 pages. $24.95/hardcover; $18/paperback; $23.99/eBook. When I was young, our family would make an annual summer trip to Willow Grove Amusement Park. At the entrance stood a giant clown beating a large drum warning of the dangers ahead. The biggest, scariest, and most famous ride was a roller coaster […]

Laura Jackson is a member of Merion (Pa.) Meeting and of Earth Quaker Action Team (EQAT).

Posted in: Quaker Book Reviews, September 2016, September 2016 Books
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