Author(s): Ruth Yarrow

Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict by Erica Cheoweth and Maria J. Stephan

reviewed by Ruth Yarrow

With the Arab Spring and Occupy movements having just churned out new history, this book – published by Columbia University Press, New York, 2011 – is important and timely. Instead of making the usual assumptions about violent versus nonviolent resistance, the authors carefully examine 323 violent and nonviolent resistance campaigns between... Read more.

Author(s): Roena Oesting

Shared Security: Reimagining U.S. Foreign Policy A working Paper of the American Friends Service Committee and Friends Committee on National Legislation.  April 2013. 

Reviewed by Roena Oesting

This document is a short, easy-to-follow discussion of what U.S. foreign policy might look like if Quakers were in charge! It is divided into five sections, and it is so well written that as a review, I will quote bits from each section.

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Author(s): Nancy Wood

Collaborators by Deborah Wheeler

reviewed by Nancy Wood

Imagine: Two warring nations in an uneasy truce that’s lasted for over a century. One of the nations is ruled by a king, a position passed from parent to child, unquestioned by citizens. This king is a member of the tribe that united the kingdom to stand against its enemy. The other nation is fierce and warlike, intent on increasing its power, intent on keeping its neighbor off-guard with border... Read more.

Author(s): Nancy Dolphin

The image of the cowboy was created in Western movies and novels as a hard living, hard drinking gambler who is quick with a gun and lonely for women.  Quakers are also viewed in popular culture through erroneous stereotypes, and are believed to be extinct, except for their image on the Quaker Oats box. 

Two thousand Quakers happened to be in Greely, Colorado last summer at the time of the Greeley Stampede, which is likely one of the three best rodeos in the United States. The... Read more.

Author(s): Stanford Searl
“Ashes! Ashes: We all fall down”
(Ring around the Rosie, 1600s)

The thing is this:
I’m supposed to be a Quaker
And it has nothing to do with poetry.
After all,
One Quaker
Burned his violin
In 1675 on some London hill
Testifying about fleshy corruption. 

As I center down in the opening of Quaker silent worship,
Hymn tunes
Come up out of memory,
Me to sing
And make a kind of music,... Read more.
Author(s): Mike Huber

When I was in college, I took a class called Medieval Mysticism.  I had high expectations for that class.  I wanted something much more than an academic experience.  I wanted something much more than a grade on my transcript.  Yes!  I wanted to hear the voice of God in my ears.  I wanted to see a vision.  I wanted to feel the presence of God in a way that would change my life forever.

I went to the University Bookstore.  I bought the complete works of St. Francis.  I bought the... Read more.

Author(s): Gabe Kittle

I lay on the cold dusty hard wood floor contemplating the voice of my generation, visions of rebellion sex drugs protest and poetry

Who are we but those who walk in the shadows of beats and baby boomers

We are not the Y generation, but the why generation, everything’s been done everyone’s been challenged, so where are we left to express dissatisfaction

Helpless and frustrated

Too eager to be unique, rebelling for the sake of rebellion to the point of writing... Read more.

Author(s): Damon Motz-Storey

Though I am currently a sophomore at Haverford College, I can remember the college application process as if it were yesterday, especially the late nights writing essays that were attempts to sell myself to schools that were trying to sell themselves to me.  They wanted my money; I wanted their education (and a hefty side of financial aid).  The entire process was a lengthy and tiring ordeal for my whole family.

Now, two years later, I'm on the other side. This semester I have begun... Read more.

Author(s): Kevan Insko

An interview with Kevan Insko

Kevan Insko has been the Director of Outreach and Development for Friends Committee on Legislation of California (FCLCA) since 2009.  She spoke by phone with Western Friend on October 21, 2013. The text below was excerpted from a transcript of that interview.

Western Friend: Would you begin by describing what brought you to FCLCA and the changes you’ve seen since you started?

Kevan... Read more.

Author(s): Anthony Manousos

Dear Editor:  I am grateful that you published the "Estranged Family of Friends" by Andrew Secret (Sept/Oct 2013). I was moved by his testimony and commitment to fostering unity among different branches of Friends and agree with him with him that "cross fertilization between the traditions...could be very valuable." Amazing things have occurred in the Pacific Northwest since women of the programmed and unprogrammed traditions got together, shared their stories, and developed friendships. The... Read more.


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