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Author(s): Natalie Ramsland
Primitive Quakerism Revived:
Living As Friends in the Twenty-First Century
Written by Paul Buckley
Reviewed by Natalie Ramsland

The path of spiritual growth has few shortcuts. In fact, the path is often uncertain, as if you were hiking at night on a narrow trail without a flashlight. Paul Buckley, in Primitive Quakerism Revived, challenges any timid pace we might take in our... Read more.

Author(s): Iris Graville
Holy Silence:
The Gift of Quaker Spirituality
Second Edition
Written by J. Brent Bill
Reviewed by Iris Graville

Brent Bill – a writer, photographer, and Quaker minister – considers silence to be “the Quaker sacrament.” In the first chapter of this small volume, Bill makes clear that holy silence “. . . is something we do, not something done to us. It is a participatory act. It... Read more.

Author(s): Vickie Aldrich
The Legacy They Gave Us:
Early Norwegian Quakers
Edited by Matilda Hansen
Reviewed by Vickie Aldrich

I really enjoyed this short book by Matilda Hansen, who grew up in Iowa Yearly Meeting (Conservative) in the mid-1900s. Luckily for us, Hansen decided to research and document her Norwegian Quaker ancestors. The resulting book has a lot in it – a love story, a story of... Read more.

Author(s): Trudy Myrrh Reagan

Science Is Sytem, painting by MyrrhOh, Apparition!
I sit, head in hands,
Struggling with the personhood of God.

I have jettisoned You,
Bowing instead to the hallowed depths of space
Deep beyond imagining,... Read more.

Author(s): Julie Peyton

 

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From Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends

Dear Friends: With memories of the First Annual Session of Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends still fresh in my mind (SCYMF; May 18-20, 2018), I send you greetings. SCYMF is a new yearly meeting in the Pacific Northwest. We are a voluntary association of... Read more.

Author(s): Mary Klein
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Author(s): Patricia Morrison

I have had the privilege to spend my life attending to leadings of Spirit. My young adult years were largely spent living very simply, moving from an internship to an activist position to part-time jobs in the non-profit and education sectors, which allowed me to follow my own artistic leadings while paying attention to what might be next. I had the benefit of spiritual mentors who sometimes also happened to be my bosses and jobs in which I had little supervision and much freedom to live... Read more.

Author(s): Robert Levering

An Interview with Robert Levering

Robert Levering was coauthor of Fortune magazine’s annual “100 Best Companies to Work For” for twenty years, and he co-founded the company Great Place to Work. He is a long-time member of the Religious Society of Friends and currently attends Santa Cruz Friends Meeting (PYM). Robert spoke by phone with Western Friend on June 20, 2018. The following text contains edited excerpts from a transcript of that interview. To read the full... Read more.

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