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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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The Good War That Wasn鈥檛鈥攁nd Why It Matters: World War II鈥檚 Moral Legacy

By Ted Grimsrud. Cascade Books, 2014. 286 pages. $35/paperback; $9.99/eBook. 鈥淎ll war is immoral.鈥 鈥擟urtis LeMay, commander of American Air Forces, Asiatic-Pacific Theater of WWII Deeply entrenched in American thought is the idea that World War II was a 鈥済ood鈥 war, one worth fighting, proving once and for all that, when all is said and […]

William H. Mueller and his wife, Pat, are members of St. Lawrence Valley Meeting in Potsdam, N.Y. (under the care of Ottawa Meeting, Canadian Yearly Meeting). He taught biological and behavioral sciences at the University of Texas School of Public Health in 1975鈥2004, including courses in violence prevention and spiritual aspects of health.

Posted in: Books, September 2016, September 2016 Books
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Forum: June/July 2016

A resource for Quakers to connect Your feature 鈥淨uaker Works鈥 (FJ Apr.) serves a very current need. In their reorganizations, both Philadelphia Yearly Meeting and Friends General Conference have had to lay down committees doing vital work, leaving many Friends with no way of connecting to other like-minded Quakers. 鈥淨uaker Works鈥 provides a way to […]

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