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John Woolman’s Path to the Peaceable Kingdom: A Quaker in the British Empire

By Geoffrey Plank Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012, 320 pp.,$39.95 Existing studies of John Woolman, his beliefs, and his anti-slavery ministry focus mainly on the man and his closest associ­ates. Now, however, Geoffrey Plank has also provided Friends with an analysis of the culture which shaped Woolman and his associates, and which they, in turn, influenced. Their world was…

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Ending Cycles of Violence: Kenyan Quaker Peacemaking Response after the 2007 Election

By Judy Lumb Producciones de la Hamaca, year?, 131 pp., $12 In 2008 when the post-election violence was happening in Kenya, I was very concerned for the Friends I had made, FUM’s field staff, as well as the nation itself. But, I really didn’t understand the whole picture. I didn’t understand tribalism or how it could possibly have escalated to…

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Christian Friends Conference – Western Region, Palo Alto, California

By Bruce Folsom The quarterly meeting of the Christian Friends Conference-Western Region was held on Saturday June 2, 2012, at Palo Alto Friends Meeting, with Friends present from Quaker congregations in Sacramento, Berkeley, San Francisco, Palo Alto and Santa Cruz. After an opening period of worship, an excerpt was read from George Fox’s Pastoral Sermon VI: “Christ is exercising his…

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Lobby to Cut the Pentagon Budget

By Tom Ewell – FCNL Field Committee Clerk In the coming months, until the end of 2012, we have an unprecedented op­portunity to reduce the Pentagon budget. Rarely has the ever-increasing military budget been challenged. But now, during the “lame duck” session between elec­tion day in November and the beginning of the new Congress in January 2013, Congress will be…

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Quaker Heritage Center Hosts Refugee Justice Program Director

By Ruth M. Brindle Dobyns – Quaker Heritage Center Curator On Wednesday, May 30, 25 members of the Wilmington community heard about the work of the Refugee Justice Program of the American Friends Service Committee’s (AFSC). Migwe Kimemia, Director of the Program in the Dayton of­fice, shared AFSC’s mission to address the root problems of conflict. In the Dayton program,…

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The 2012 QUIP Report: Reaching Out

By Sherryll-Jeanne Harris As always, there was a spine tingling moment. Charles Martin, co-clerk of Quak­ers United in Publishing (QUIP), pulled an old book from a Pendle Hill bookshelf. To his utter amazement, buried between its pages, was a letter written by his great-great grandfather, William Burgess, and published in the Friends’ Intelligencer, November 30, 1900. The following excerpt that…

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Finding the Words

By Brian Young I am a Friend called to pastoral ministry who values the older understanding of vocal ministry that prevailed be­fore the pastoral system, and which many Quakers still uphold. I became part of a Friends church as a young adult, and that programmed meeting was the community in which my faith in Christ Jesus was formed; but my…

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What is Prayer?

By David Finke I was blessed to be a part of an intergenerational program led by Ken and Katharine Jacobsen during Blue River Quarterly Meeting, of Illinois Yearly Meeting held near Springfield, Illinois, in May. The integration of adult and children’s program provided in this meeting seemed seam­less to me: Never before have I felt the unity and harmony of…

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QuakerSpring: A Prayerful Community

By Micah Bales – FUM Interim Communications and Web Specialist God continues to surprise me. All the Holy Spirit has to do is blow through, and I am back to square one; the sand castles that I have built are swept away by the tide, and I am left without fortifications before God. I suppose it could be frustrating to…

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Faithful Prayers

By Pat Shrock There are times God reminds me that I take for granted the blessings and advantages my culture provides me. Recently, as the presiding clerk of United Soci­ety of Friends Women International (USFWI), I had the privilege of being involved in a life changing event — a prayer meeting. Now, when I speak of a prayer meeting, I…

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