Farewell, Friends! Thank you for a Great Year

I won’t quit being a Quaker or thinking hard about how to be a Friend in these times. Our whack-a-doodle political reality and uncivil discourse will continue to churn away in my thoughts. I will always seek a nonviolent solution to conflicts and respect my critics. Read more

Learning Hate, Poem by William Stafford Teaches How War Starts

I find this poem breathtaking. I hope you do, too. Stafford’s simple scene challenges us to recognize that the enemies of humanity are those who teach hate. And that is how they can start a war. Read more

Three Great Activities for Black Friday That Don’t Involve Shopping Bags!

For the beginning of the holiday season, most Quakers do just about nothing. The idea is that every day is just as holy as the next, so making a big fuss about one day seems a bit sacrilegious. The idea of an entire season dedicated to holidays is kind of ridiculous. Read more

Great Quaker Women: Mary Fisher, Jailed Repeatedly for Preaching

Fisher was jailed often in York for preaching, and in 1653 she and Elizabeth Williams became the first Quakers to be publicly flogged for their ministry. The Church of England fought long and hard for its ascendency and did not trifle with dissenters such as Quakers. It was in York jail that other Quaker women, Elizabeth Wooten and Jane Holmes, taught Mary to read and write. Read more

Without Gun Control, How Do We Protect the Innocent?

What are you thinking, Christians in America, when you say we need unrestricted access to guns? Today, guns were the instruments of killing innocents; last week for killing neighbors. Read more

Great Quaker Women: Elizabeth Gurney Fry, Prisoner Reformer

By the 1820’s, she was well enough know to be attacked in the press for taking so active a role in public affairs, especially when men sought her professional knowledge. She was accused of neglecting her home and family. Read more

SEXUAL HARASSMENT AND SHAME

Women who speak out are brave, not only because they’ve gone against a powerful aggressor and exposed themselves to judgment, but because it takes courage to tell people about humiliating events and relive those degrading emotions. Read more

Great Quaker Women: Lucretia Mott

Because she was a woman, Mott was denied entrance at the World Anti-Slavery Convention in 1840 in London. She stayed outside the conference hall and preached about female equality. Read more

Why Are We So Flabbergasted by Trump?

It isn’t just because Clinton wasn’t elected, but because everything we had worked so hard for during the last 50 years was suddenly, abruptly, brought an end to. Read more

Great Quaker women: Elise Boulding

Each week for the next month or so, I will write about a great Quaker woman. These women lived full lives, all inspired or led by their Quaker faith. It can seem too much to be a Quaker all day everyday. I hope these women encourage you! Read more

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