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Author(s): Vanessa Julye
Excerpts from the keynote presentation to North Pacific Yearly Meeting; July 26, 2018; University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, Washington

My son was raised as a Quaker, but he left the meeting and joined an African American mega-church. Both our daughters were raised as Quakers, and they also left. During a retreat I attended this summer, several African American Friends told me they no longer attend their Quaker meetings because they cannot tolerate the racism they experience there on... Read more.

Author(s): Eileen Flanagan
Excerpts from the keynote presentation to Intermountain Yearly Meeting; June 14, 2018; Ghost Ranch, Abiquiú, New Mexico

When I started attending Quaker meeting in my late twenties, I had a number of dramatic experiences of having a leading, jumping into it, and way opening. But that is not the story of faith and practice I am going to tell you today. Instead, I am going to tell you about a time when discernment was hard, and slow, and confusing.

A number of things happened... Read more.

Author(s): Carin Anderson
Excerpts from a keynote presentation to Pacific Yearly Meeting; July 14, 2018; Walker Creek Ranch, Petaluma, California

When I was twenty-seven, I went through a life-changing transition catalyzed by Archbishop Oscar Romero, John Woolman, Thomas Kelly, Dorothy Day, and the people of El Salvador. I was lead to many parts of the world, working with children and families suffering from war, from poverty, from U.S. imperialism. Then over the years, I began to find that the message that... Read more.

Author(s): Elena Anderson-Williams
Excerpts from a keynote presentation to Pacific Yearly Meeting; July 14, 2018; Walker Creek Ranch, Petaluma, California

As a child of this meeting, I grew up with a myth about the faithful life. It wasn’t a myth in the sense of a falsehood, but it was a story I told myself about the noble call and the noble answer. And I desperately wanted this story for myself. And part of what I wanted was certainty.

I knew that there were more than a few minor character flaws that needed... Read more.

Author(s): Linda Seger, Katie Gardner

Katie: I’ve worked for Linda Seger for six years, mainly doing her typing. Linda is not supposed to work at the computer because she has a neurological condition called dystonia, so she has hired me part time to do typing and office management. However, that is not my background. I have an M.A. degree in Early American Culture and a B.A. degree in Art History. Before working for Linda, I had a thirty-year museum career at various institutions, the most recent being the... Read more.

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.

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