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Moral Commerce: Quakers and the Transatlantic Boycott of the Slave Labor Economy

By Julie L. Holcomb. Cornell University Press, 2016. 252 pages. $39.95/hardcover or eBook. Those who know much about Quaker history are aware of sharp differences among Friends, especially since the late eighteenth century, over theology, discipline, and centralization versus local autonomy. But Friends found unity against slavery fairly early, scattered in the 1680s, increasing in […]

Larry Ingle is an historian of Quakerism whose most recent publication is Nixon鈥檚 First Cover-up: The Religious Life of a Quaker President. A member of Chattanooga (Tenn.) Meeting, he is retired from the history department of University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.


Posted in: August 2017 Books, Books, The Art of Dying
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13th

Written by Ava DuVernay and Spencer Averick, directed by Ava DuVernay. Netflix Documentary, 2016. 100 minutes. Public screenings are free without a Netflix subscription. Private screenings are free with subscription. Visit the official site on Netflix Ava DuVernay鈥檚 Netflix documentary 13th is quite simply a tour de force. Central to this account of how the […]

David Etheridge is a member of Friends Meeting of Washington (D.C.) and clerk of Baltimore Yearly Meeting鈥檚 Working Group on Racism.


Posted in: August 2017 Books, Books, The Art of Dying
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Quakers, Restrooms, and the Learning Curve

Quakers tend to follow the leading to be in the world but not of it, although last summer gave us ample reason to not want to be in it much. Holy moly. Still, in our own small way, Friends Meeting of Washington (D.C.) is meeting the world as it is and working toward a better […]

Debby Churchman lives in Arlington, Va., and works for Friends Meeting of Washington (D.C.).


Posted in: Quaker Summers, Viewpoint
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The Anti-War: Peace Finds the Purpose of a Peculiar People

By Douglas Gwyn. Inner Light Books, 2016. 208 pages. $30/hardcover; $17.50/paperback. Doug Gwyn may have given more thought to the environment that incubated the earliest Friends than any other Quaker. In The Anti-War鈥檚 two interrelated essays, he digs down to the roots of our peace testimony and lays bare the ways in which it has […]

Paul Buckley is a Quaker historian and theologian. He is a member of Community Friends Meeting in Cincinnati, Ohio.聽The Essential Elias Hicks聽is his most recent book for Friends.


Posted in: AFSC Centennial, April 2017 Books, Books
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Enlarging Our Circle of Love

By Margaret Fisher. Pendle Hill Pamphlets (number 440), 2016. 32 pages. $7/pamphlet. A physician, organic gardener, and member of Baltimore Yearly Meeting, Margaret Fisher loves to sing. With Enlarging Our Circle of Love she hits the right notes in her hymn to veganism. Fisher speaks to my condition because, unlike die-hard vegans who have no […]

Carl Blumenthal is a member of Brooklyn (N.Y.) Meeting. He was a culture critic at the Brooklyn Daily Eagle for 20 years. Food was one of his beats.


Posted in: Books, February 2017, February 2017 Books
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Climate Change: What Everyone Needs to Know

By Joseph Romm. Oxford University Press, 2015. 328 pages. $16.95/paperback; $10.99/eBook. Based on our agreement with climate scientists that global warming is real, human-caused, and dangerous, Friends are beginning to address the problem constructively. In his book Climate Change: What Everyone Needs to Know, Joseph Romm, an MIT-educated physicist, provides a resource for that effort. […]

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聽csgannapolis.org).


Posted in: January 2017 Books, Quakers in the Workplace
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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. 鈥淜isses Sweeter Than Wine鈥濃攕ome 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: 鈥淟et him kiss me with kisses of his mouth; for your […]

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


Posted in: Books, November 2016 Books, Quakers and Social Media
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Why Quakers Stopped Voting

Friends have long wrestled with the moral implications of voting.

Paul Buckley is a member of Community Friends Meeting in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is the author of numerous articles and books on Quaker history, faith, and practice. His most recent book is The Essential Elias Hicks.


Posted in: Crossing Cultures, Features
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The Third Reconstruction: Moral Mondays, Fusion Politics, and the Rise of a New Justice Movement

By William J. Barber II, with Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove. Beacon Press, 2016. 138 pages. $24.95/hardcover; $16/paperback; $23.99/eBook. Many of us still grieve and wonder about the death of Martin Luther King Jr. Did his growing clarity about the connections between racism, war, poverty, and economics make him more of a target? What kind of expanded movement […]

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


Posted in: Books, Crossing Cultures, October 2016 Books
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Constitution Day in Fjelhamar, Norway, May 17, 2014.

Equality among Today’s Vikings

Quaker testimonies don’t have to be compromised in politics.

George Lakey鈥檚 research for his new book Viking Economics (available from QuakerBooks) was supported by Swarthmore College during his seven years there as professor. He cofounded Earth Quaker Action Team (eqat.org) whose new campaign unites concerns for racial, economic, and climate justice. His column on Wagingnonviolence.org is 鈥淟iving Revolution.鈥


Posted in: Features, September 2016
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