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Quaker Life: September/October 2012

Prayer I have found this prayer is in fact one of the best means to start a conversation with God, although without the grimace and crossed eyes. “Now what?” is often my prayer when I wake. I ask, “Now what, God? What do you wish for me to do today? Where will you send me?” The prayer is simple and…

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Meanderings and Musings

By Annie Glen – Interim Communications Manager/Editor It was during a very stressful time that I received the mug that you see in the picture below. At that time, my prayer and facial expression were pretty much the same as what is painted on its surface: eyes crossed, mouth in a grimace while muttering the words, “Now what?” It seems…

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Perspectives: Why Silent Worship is Not Dying Soon

By Samuel Wanjala In Kenya today, there has arisen a generation that just loves noise. For the sake of the reader, I define noise as any unorganized sound that is unpleasing to the ear. To illustrate what I mean think of an example of where you enter a church the size of a classroom, but it is fitted with four…

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The Intolerance of Tolerance

By D. A. Carson William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2012, 186 pp., $24 Carson, a professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois, outlines and discusses changes in the nature of tolerance from pre-Christian Greece to modern Western societies. He demonstrates that every culture combines tolerance and intoler­ance, but notes that few have made toler­ance such…

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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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