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I AM

11 August 2022 | by Derek Guiton

Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash |

I am the adder under the stone, I am the mouseling, wary, alone, I am the sea-wave ready to strike, I am that rusty clapped out bike.

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Through the eyes of the children: a lament

04 August 2022 | by Harvey Gillman

'There were so many dreams we could have dreamed together.' | by Dmitry Ratushny on Unsplash

We were taught to look for the good in everyone. But when your eyes are filled with the blood of your brothers; your ears echo with the cries of your sisters; your head overwhelmed with numbers beyond counting of splinters of dreams scattered profusely over broken pavements, how then are...

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John Dee

28 July 2022 | by Bob Ward | 1 comment

John Dee performing before Elizabeth I. By Henry Gillard Glindoni (1852-1913) |

What’s known as his ‘magic mirror’   is polished obsidian   that reflected his obsessive   probing the dark surface   for a glimpse of angels   harbouring divine secrets   drawn from all times past   and those even yet to come.

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Listening as Quaker Practice, by James McCarthy

28 July 2022 | by Diana Lampen

‘True listening is not a skill to be added on, but an integral element of Quaker practice.' | Book cover of Listening as Quaker Practice, by James McCarthy

This little Kindlers book is a gem. It explores listening in depth from a Quaker perspective and draws on many Friends’ experiences.

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Queer Holiness, by Charlie Bell

28 July 2022 | by David Wilson

'For those outside gay-affirming churches like the Society of Friends, this will be a radical book.' | Book cover of Queer Holiness, by Charlie Bell

Unlike many who hold forth on the topic of LGBT+ people and the church, Charlie Bell is eminently qualified to talk about it. He is a consultant psychiatrist and academic, and also a curate at a south London Anglican church.

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Twist of Love, by Rosemary May Wells

21 July 2022 | by Sue Wheeler

‘The world did not topple over – / It was made to stop in its tracks.’ | Book cover of Twist of Love, by Rosemary May Wells

Rosemary May Wells’ fourth collection of poems is the companion to her first, God is an Onion. It encompasses global and everyday life events, as well as people and friendships, and the natural world and the local area. All this is done with warmth, love and grace.

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Feet

21 July 2022 | by Angela Arnold

'Meeting-still or shufflesome, either way they truly light up the room...with their God’s-footprint histories' | by Chris Montgomery on Unsplash

Firmly grounded, side by side, orderly. While others dangle nonchalantly, mid-careless-air, an imper- ceptible swing to them.

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What’s Eating the Universe? And other cosmic questions, by Paul Davies

14 July 2022 | by Reg Naulty | 2 comments

'The everyday world we experience is not always a reliable guide to physical reality.' | Book cover of What’s Eating the Universe? And other cosmic questions, by Paul Davies

This book, written with Paul Davies’ trademark clarity and humour, answers many questions we may have about contemporary physics. For example, does it still believe in anti-matter? Somewhat embarrassingly, we read that the first anti-matter particle, the positron, an electron with a positive charge, was discovered ninety years ago. On...

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Meeting for Zooming

14 July 2022 | by John Lampen

'Some say they feel the unity; others, it does not ‘work’ for them...' | by Chris Montgomery on Unsplash

The screens reflected in their eyes, each sits in a familiar room, Friends – silent, chatty, busy, wise – united by the Quaker Zoom.

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Until We Reckon: Violence, mass incarceration, and a road to repair, by Danielle Sered

07 July 2022 | by Tim Newell

'Sered argues that communities are safer when they do not rely on prisons.' | Book cover of Until We Reckon: Violence, mass incarceration, and a road to repair, by Danielle Sered

The movement for prison abolition has a strong voice in this book. Danielle Sered offers pragmatic alternatives, meeting the needs of survivors and suggesting ways for people who have committed violence to repair harm. She argues that reckoning is owed not only by people who have caused violence, but by...

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