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Book Reviews – March/April 2013

Living Without Enemies: Being Present in the Midst of Violence (Resources for Reconciliation) By Samuel Wells & Marcia A. Owen Edited by Emmanuel Katongole & Chris Rice Intervarsity Press, 143 pp., $10.99 The Center for Reconciliation at Duke Divinity School is living its ministry by demonstrating the power of collaboration with this book. Strongly rooted at opposite ends of the…

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Letters to the Editor – March/April 2013

To the Editor of Quaker Life, I appreciated the January/February 2013 issue concerning the Friend’s testimony on equality, though it seemed to me the elephant in the room was left unmentioned marriage equality for gays and lesbians. In my vocation as a Quaker pastor, writer, and speaker, I’ve witnessed many denominations in the United States and Canada undertake the hard…

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Ask Tom: When did the idea of clearness committees come into practice? And — how does one come to unity through a clearness committee?

To be “clear” is a concept that recurs with some regularity in the writings of Friends from the 1650s down to the present day. It usually conveyed one of three meanings. One was guiltlessness. Consider, for example, Samuel Fisher’s exhortation to nonbelievers in 1662, “It shall please me enough that in this work I have pleased God, and am clear…

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Spiritual Direction From A Friends Perspective

By Manny Garcia Spiritual direction was a fairly new concept to me when I began my Master of Arts coursework in Transformational Leadership at Barclay College Graduate School. However, having taken a training class in this form of ministry, I have found it to be integral in engaging others to experience God’s presence in every aspect of life. The art…

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Building Unity Over Time

By Steve Olshewsky Trusting the sense of the meeting to reveal the will of God is a rather breathtaking proposition and yet it happens on such a regular basis that our faith in the process is deepened over time. This basic practice of trust in God’s guidance is found throughout the history of every Quaker community seeking unity. Being bound…

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“…That All Of Them May Be One”

Excerpts of the 2012 Western Yearly Meeting Quaker Lecture By Sylvia Graves What Does Jesus Say About Unity? …You are familiar with the prayer in John 17 in which Jesus prays for not only his disciples, but all believers, “that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they…

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A Matter of Unity

By Colin Saxton, FUM general secretary I just returned from Kenya where we celebrated the addition of Chebeyusi Yearly Meeting as an associate member within Friends United Meeting. Do you know that there are now 31 yearly meetings in our global fellowship! This means, of course, there are thousands of local churches/meetings and hundreds of thousands of individuals who form…

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The Great Storm Is Not Over

By Daphne Clement Recently, just prior to rise of meeting, our congregation sang Bob Frank’s hymn, “Hallelujah, the Great Storm is Over,” and I found myself singing it again and again all the rest of that week. I realized, though, that “the great storm” is unfortunately not over. Far too many people who have lost everything to hurricane Sandy still…

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The Cuban Quaker Institute for Peace

By Stephen Angell The Cuban Quaker Institute for Peace (in Spanish, Instituto Cubano Cuáquero de Paz, or ICCP) held its inaugural session in January. An interesting array of classes was offered: Benigno Sanchez-Eppler introduced Cuban Friends to John Woolman’s “Journal,” which he and others had translated into Spanish for the first time; Kirenia Criado, pastor of the Havana programmed Quaker…

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Highlights from Colin Saxton and Cliff Loesch’s Trip to Kenya

Chebeyusi Yearly Meeting The FUM General Board-Africa, as it met in Kaimosi in January, approved Chebeyusi Yearly Meeting as an associate member. Clerk Cliff Loesch, General Secretary Colin Saxton and members of the African Ministries Office later celebrated with members of the Yearly Meeting. The new yearly meeting is excited to be officially welcomed into the FUM community and hope…

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