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The Sybils Speak in Quaker Meeting

16 May 2019 | by Dana Littlepage

'The last bird sang...' | Patrick Hendry / Unsplash.

The last bird sang its black remembrance of earth at the bottom of our garden. One black bird perched on the edge of time a spindle twig quickened by May, its golden beak

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Environmental Ethics: A very short introduction 
by Robin Attfield

16 May 2019 | by Alan York

This very readable book is a survey of the wide range of questions that faces anyone who thinks seriously about our environment and the future of the planet.

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The House of Islam: A global history 
by Ed Husain

16 May 2019 | by Reg Naulty

It is hard to imagine a better book than this about the current state of Islam, and what could be done to better its prospects. Its author was in born in London to Muslim immigrants from India. As a teenager, he became a part of international Muslim radicalism, which he...

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Earth Day 22/04/19

09 May 2019 | by Christopher Sleeman

'Once we would have celebrated such a day...' | NASA.

Once we would have celebrated such a day. Now a poem would likelier be elegy than eclogue, Or, in music, requiem replace the anthem’s part. Nor can we with any confidence pray Earth rest in peace or light perpetual, While humanity remains to rend its heart.

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Steven Crisp and Gertrude: Quaker Travelling Ministers by Rosalind Thomas

02 May 2019 | by Stuart Masters

A close-up of the cover of 'Steven Crisp and Gertrude: Quaker Travelling Ministers' by Rosalind Thomas. | Courtesy of Rosalind Thomas.

The stories we inherit about the genesis of new religious movements tend to focus on the role of one or two dominant characters. These become regarded as founding figures. But for every George Fox and Margaret Fell, there are always many other influential individuals whose faithful ministry and steadfast witness...

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The Four Horsemen: The discussion that sparked an atheist revolution

25 April 2019 | by Reg Naulty

In 2007 Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, Sam Harris, and Christopher Hitchens – the ‘four horsemen’ of new atheism – sat around a table and recorded a two-hour conversation. This recent book is the transcript of that recording, with brief introductory essays by the three still living (Hitchens has died) and a foreword by...

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Elegy for Spring

18 April 2019 | by Kathleen Bell

A linnet. | Pexels.com.

One day, when none recall how slowly leaves uncurl from buds’ bright stickiness,

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I wish

11 April 2019 | by Courtesy of Mid-Wales Area Meeting

Aleppo, Syria. | Muhannad Ghannam / Unsplash.

For myself I wish… I would like some football boots, I would like some football boots, I would like some football boots and a gaming PC, PS4 keyboard and a mouse. I would like an Xbox, I’d like some more bedclothes I would like a Yorkie bar

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‘I am witnessing, it seems, a Meeting for Worship stretched out over time.’

04 April 2019 | by Martyn Kelly

Some of the icons painted on the Woodbrooke course. | Martyn Kelly.

I am in a gathered silence but not in a Quaker Meeting, in a building that, in terms of ostentatious decoration, is ying to the Meeting house’s plain yang. The space – an Orthodox church in Bucharest – is empty save for a few people moving around with purpose. They cross...

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‘What do Quakers believe?’ by Geoffrey Durham

FREE 28 March 2019 | by Stephen Cox

Close-up of the 'What do Quakers believe?' cover. | Courtesy of Christian Alternative Books.

We British Quakers make things difficult for ourselves when communicating our faith. The reasons why have been obvious from my first days attending. We celebrate not having a creed, but this complicates any quick, coherent attempt to explain our ways; we view all statements of Quaker belief with fault-finding suspicion....

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