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Participants at the 2018 Gathering of the Fellowship of Friends of African Descent in Philadelphia, Pa. Photo courtesy of the author.

Are We Ready to Make the Necessary Changes?

What barriers prevent a racially diverse Religious Society of Friends in the United States?

Vanessa Julye leads workshops, and speaks and writes articles on issues regarding racism. A member of Central Philadelphia (Pa.) Meeting, who travels under a concern for addressing racism in Quakerism with a travel minute from her meeting, Vanessa is Friends General Conference's coordinator for the Ministry on Racism, Youth, and Institutional Assessment.


Posted in: Features, Racially Diverse Society of Friends (January 2019)
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Expectant Visions of a Christian Anarchist

Have Friends lost our willingness to be countercultural?

Zae Asa Illo (formerly David Breitzmann) serves on the Ministry and Oversight Committee of San Francisco (Calif.) Meeting. He co-founded the weekly #FridayFoodSharing (2014), streetDoves (nonviolent, civilian-based defense training, 2017), Uplifted (a digital pacifist newsletter, 2018), and has met monthly with an oversight committee since 2016. He is in discernment for application to seminary and has finished the initial draft for his first collection of poetry.


Posted in: Features, Racially Diverse Society of Friends (January 2019)
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The Evangelicals: The Struggle to Shape America

By Frances FitzGerald. Simon & Schuster, 2017. 752 pages. $35/hardcover; $20/paperback; $14.99/eBook. Frances FitzGerald offers a spectacular sweep of the […]

Zae Asa Illo (formerly David Breitzmann) is a member of San Francisco (Calif.) Meeting. He has a nearly two-year standing anchor committee and has been engaged in street preaching for several months. He is also working on releasing a collection of poetry, launching a new social enterprise, and applying to seminary in 2020.


Posted in: January 2019 Books, Quaker Book Reviews, Racially Diverse Society of Friends (January 2019)
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Injustice: The Story of the Holy Land Foundation Five

By Miko Peled. Just World Books, 2018. 224 pages. $22.95/paperback; $20.99/eBook. In Injustice: The Story of the Holy Land Foundation […]

Lauren Brownlee is a member of Bethesda (Md.) Meeting, a Steering Committee member of the Quaker Palestine Israel Network, and serves on Baltimore Yearly Meeting’s Peace and Social Concerns Committee.


Posted in: Meetings and Money, October 2018 Books, Quaker Book Reviews
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Making Sense of the Starbucks Incident

Quaker values do not need to be mere theoretical ideas.

Ankita Achanta is a seventh-grade student at Newtown Friends School (NFS) in Newtown, Pa. She participates in The Agents of Social Change (TASC) at NFS, a student group founded on the belief that “we will be able to make a difference in our world,” and that uses Quaker process in decision making.


Posted in: Features, September 2018
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A Civil Life in an Uncivil Time: Julia Wilbur’s Struggle for Purpose

By Paula Tarnapol Whitacre. Potomac Books, 2017. 320 pages. $32.95/hardcover or eBook. The story of Julia Wilbur’s life and work […]

Gwen Gosney Erickson is the Friends Historical Collection librarian and archivist at Guilford College and a member of Friendship Meeting in Greensboro, N.C.


Posted in: August 2018 Books, Going Viral with Quakerism, Quaker Book Reviews
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The Trouble With “Strangers”

Freedom isn’t anyone’s politically correct opinion.

Gerri Williams is a member of Friends Meeting of Washington (D.C.) and has served on AFSC Nobel Peace Prize Task Group. The opinions expressed are her own*. Her article “Standing for Miss Rosa” appeared in the August 2006 issue of Friends Journal.

 

[*Disclaimer added by author's request. - FJ Eds.]


Posted in: Features, February 2018
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The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America

By Richard Rothstein. Liveright, 2017. 368 pages. $27.95/hardcover; $17.95/paperback (May 2018); $26.23/eBook. The title of this fascinating analysis of racialized […]

David Breitzmann currently serves on Ministry and Oversight Committee at San Francisco (Calif.) Meeting, where he cofounded #FridayFoodSharing and foodrev.org (a nonprofit food delivery service for the poor). He is in discernment for application to seminary for pastoral care and public policy in 2018. He is on Twitter as @BlackQuaker.


Posted in: January 2018 Books, Quaker Book Reviews, Quaker Lifestyles
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Answering the Cry for Freedom

FJ Review: “It tells stories of flawed human beings, living in a different time and place, with both passion and compassion. […]

Paul Buckley is a Quaker historian, theologian, and the author of The Essential Elias Hicks.


Posted in: Conflict and Controversy, December 2017 Books: A Young Friends Bookshelf, Quaker Book Reviews
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Quaker Bestsellers 2017

The top ten best‐selling books from the 2017 FGC Gathering.

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