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A Language for the Inward Landscape: Wisdom from the Quaker Tradition
by Brian Drayton and William P. Taber, Jr.
As Quakers expressed and reflected upon their experience of life under the guidance of the spirit of Christ, they developed a rich vocabulary to describe those experiences. This vocabulary played an important role in Quaker spiritual formation and community life from the beginning of the movement in 1650, and continues today as modern seekers wrestle with describing their experiences.
By Nancy L. Haines
Illustrated by Anne E. G. Nydam
How can children work cooperatively to make decisions? Approved! A Story About Quaker Meeting for Business tells of a group of children who want to donate the money they earned selling hot dogs at their Quaker meeting. The story uses simple, clear language and charming artwork to introduce Quaker process, highlighting
•The role of the clerk and recording clerk
•Reporting to meeting for business
•Participating in spiritual discernment
•Identifying the sense of the meeting
•Writing and approving minutes
•Working together as a community
by Marcelle Martin
Our Life is Love describes the transformational spiritual journey of the first Quakers, who turned to the Light of Christ within and allowed it to be their guide. Many Friends today use different language, but are still called to make the same journey. In our time people seeking deeper access to the profound teachings of Christianity want more than just beliefs, they want direct experience. Focusing on ten elements of the spiritual journey, this book is a guide to a Spirit-filled life that affects this world.
translated by Emma Condori Mamani
edited by: Angelina Conti, Cara Curtis, C. Wed Daniels, Harriet Hart, Sarah Katreen Hoggatt, Evelyn Jadin, John Epur Lomuria, Emma Condori Mamani, Katrina MQuail, and Rachel Ann Miller
Este libro celebra, critica, cuestiona, y refleja sobre la experiencia de la fe cuaquera. Esta coleccion de escritura y arte grafico fue creada por adolescentes y jovenes adultos cuaqueros de todo el mundo y de toda la amplia gama teologica y cultural de la Sociedad Religiosa de los Amigos. --- This is the Spanish translation of "Spirit Rising: Young Quaker Voices," an anthology of writing and art by Quaker teens and young adults worldwide.
by Jacqueline Houtman, Walter Naegle, Michael Long
A new biography for middle school ages and up…
"We need, in every community, a group of angelic troublemakers" — Bayard Rustin
To many, the civil rights movement brings to mind protests, marches, boycotts, and freedom rides. They often think of people like Martin Luther King, Jr. or Rosa Parks. They seldom think of Bayard Rustin.
Raised by his Quaker grandmother to believe in the value of every human being, Bayard made trouble wherever he saw injustice. As a teenager, he was arrested for sitting in the whites only section of a theater. More arrests followed, for protesting against segregation, discrimination, and war. His belief in nonviolent action as a means for social change gave him a guiding vision for the civil rights movement, which he used to mentor the young Martin Luther King, Jr. When A. Philip Randolph needed the best organizer on the planet, he turned to Bayard Rustin to bring 250,000 people to the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.
by Jennifer Kavanagh
What if the facts on which we base our lives are shown to be unreliable? What if our expectations are confounded?
What if we let go of those assumptions and expectations?
What if we let go of our familiar, habitual ways of thinking?
What if we let go of the very need to know?
Unknowing is at the centre of spiritual life. It is only by creating a space in which anything can happen that we allow God to speak; only by stepping back that we allow space for that unpredictable Spirit that brings us gifts beyond any of our imaginings.. “God dwells only where man steps back to give him room.”
by Jennifer Kavanagh
This is Quaker Jennifer Kavanagh's first novel. B is not a child of his time. As an outsider, he hides his secrets well. Freedom is all he dreams of. But when it comes at last, it is in the most unexpected way – and at a considerable cost.
Roundfire Books, an imprint of John Hunt Publishing 2015
“I think the book is wonderful. Vivid and absorbing and thought-provoking. Nor did I find B unsympathetic. Far from it – he is an odd character, yes,
by Eileen Flanagan
At age forty-nine, Eileen Flanagan had an aching feeling that she wasn’t living up to her potential—or her youthful ideals. A former Peace Corps volunteer who’d once loved the simplicity of living in a mud hut in Botswana, she now had too many e-mails in her inbox and a basement full of stuff she didn’t need. Increasingly worried about her children’s future on a warming planet, she felt unable to make a difference—until she joined a band of singing Quaker activists who helped her find her voice and her power.
by Douglas Gwyn
A well-known Quaker historian explores the qualities of Quaker faith and practice that contribute to living sustainably in the world today. He explores such paradoxes as equality and community, unity and differentiation, integrity and personal discernment, and other aspects of life that Quakers have worked to bring into balance through their 350-year history. How have Quakers learned to create the kind of individual and community life that can prepare us to live fully and responsibly into a time of social and planetary change?
by Ann Trueblood Raper
A Quaker Courtship is an intimate, endearing story of love and a tantalizing glimpse of the life, key leaders and organizations among Quakers in 1922, revealed in letters, photographs and telegrams exchanged almost daily by Paul Furnas and Betty Walter as they met, courted and planned to marry.
by Tsukasa Sugimura
American Quakers occupy a special place in the minds of the Japanese and Japanese-Americans as "quiet heroes" for selfless acts of humanitarian assistance and resistance to racism throughout the 20th Century. In response to the devastation of earthquakes and the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, as well as in response to the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II, members of the Society of Friends uniquely perceived their Japanese and Japanese-American neighbors as fellow humans, worthy of respect, engagement and support.
By Sas Carey
In Reindeer Herders in My Heart, Quaker nurse-healer Sas Carey shares "what happens on the side” while following her leading to provide health care for Mongolia’s most remote and smallest nomadic group—the Dukha reindeer herders. Her humorous memoir documents the journey as she becomes better acquainted with the herders each year.
by Paul Buckley.
Elias Hicks has much to say to Friends today.
In 1828, Elias Hicks was the best-known Quaker in the United States. He was a deep and original religious thinker, a commanding and compelling preacher, and though eighty years old, still a faithful traveling minister. Whenever God said, “Go!” he went.
by David Johnson
David Johnson asks, “How did early Quakers pray?” and draws on early Quaker and other writings to answer this question.
A Quaker prayer life arises from a life of continuing daily attentiveness. The first generation of Quakers followed a covenant with God, based on assiduous obedience to the promptings of the Inward Light. This process did not require the established churches, priests or liturgies.
by Howard and Anna Brinton
Howard Brinton and Anna Cox Brinton served as co-directors of Pendle Hill, a Quaker center for study and contemplation, where they influenced a generation of Friends. This small book captures the spirit of their contribution by combining reproduction of Anna's intricately hand drawn Christmas cards with extracts from the writings of both, including both playful doggeral and some of Howard's more serious philosophical reflections.
by Valerie Brown
Not your average travel guidebook, this book explores some of the world's great pilgrimages, destinations, and the author's reflections on the lessons she learned from them.
BY John Calvi
This book is by John Calvi and about John's work as a Quaker healer. It's not a how to do healing book, but a mosaic of written pieces John set down for over thirty years to try and understand himself, his healing work, spiritual honesty, and giving over to divine leadings.
BY The Sparkling Still Working Group of FGC
Novice and experienced religious education teachers will find everything they need to create lessons for children ages 3-8 and build classroom community, as well as guidance on hard issues like grief, divorce, extreme weather, violence, and more.. This book streamlines the whole lesson-planning process while folding in basic elements of teacher training.
BY SALLY RICKERMAN
A small potpourri of Quakerism and its values, with contributionis from Sally Rickerman, David Yount, Bradford Smith, Johan Maurer, Joe Volk, J. Brent Bill, Rufus Jones, and others.