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‘Sweetness of Unity: Three hundred years of Quaker minuting’ by Judith Roads

22 August 2019 | by Sue Glover Frykman

A close-up of the book cover. | Judith Roads.

In the preface to this book, the author writes that it is aimed primarily at those with some experience of Quakerism and who understand something about Quaker processes. Those interested in language or historical aspects of business English may also find nuggets of interest. Those who are, have been, or...

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‘The impact is heightened by the curator’s imaginative use of the historic setting.’

15 August 2019 | by Dorothy Jerrome

'Going going' | By Judith Bromley.

The principles of stewardship and reverence guide Seeking Routes, an art exhibition currently showing at Swarthmoor Hall. The theme is sustainability, the fragility of the natural world, and the artistic and spiritual response to it.

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Looking for cows

01 August 2019 | by Dana Littlepage Smith | 1 comment

'We went looking for God / the way one looks for a cow...' | Daniel Leone / Unsplash.

After Meister Eckhart We went looking for God the way one looks for a cow: expecting warm flanks, soft cheese while all the universe ran away from us, its rivers of milk

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‘Appeasing Hitler: Chamberlain, Churchill and the road to war’, by Tim Bouverie

01 August 2019 | by Reg Naulty

A close-up of the book cover. | Bodley Head.

What is of special interest to Friends in this story, so well told by Tim Bouverie, is the strong inclination to pacifism which existed in Britain between the wars, and the huge efforts of Neville Chamberlain to preserve peace. Bouverie writes: ‘The campaign against the arms manufacturers was continued by...

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Words to conjure with

25 July 2019 | by RV Bailey | 2 comments

'In the end, maybe all of these will do...' | Jonny Swales / Unsplash.

It’s OK – you don’t have to call yourself a Christian. That’s a word where too many difficult relations Are all too ready to drop in, some of whom You really wouldn’t want to meet for a coffee However many custard tarts were on offer.

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‘Stop Being Reasonable: Six stories of how we really change our minds’, by Eleanor Gordon-Smith

FREE 25 July 2019 | by Reg Naulty

Close-up of the book cover. | Scribe UK.

At the end of anti-religious polemics, there is often the conclusion ‘since there is no evidence for religious belief, you shouldn’t have any – if you do, you’re irrational,’ as though that were straightforward. One is interested to find, at the end of her book about being rational, Eleanor...

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18 July 2019 | by Jonathan Wooding

RS Thomas,1940. | Courtesy of the Church in Wales.

In memory of RS Thomas You say the mystic, when she’s not a poet, fails to mediate the – hang on – mysterium tremendum et fascinans, (that’s God), and then you riddle us with the immediacy of the mystic Deus absconditus. So, God’s absconded, and the mystic’s in...

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‘War is much bigger than just the military offensive.’

18 July 2019 | by Barbara Mark

Images of some stones already illustrated. | Courtesy of Barbara Mark.

I would like to ask children and young people who may be reading the Friend for some help, conversation and contacts. We are a group set up by Southern Marches Area Meeting to support a project to promote understanding and sympathy for the plight of noncombatants during war. You will...

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‘The Educated Underclass: Students and the promise of social mobility’ by Gary Roth

18 July 2019 | by Noël Staples

A close-up of the cover. | Pluto Press.

Having returned to bus driving in 1998, I became a member of ‘the educated underclass’. Simply put, I was educated above my job’s needs, yet economically unable to mix easily with equivalently educated – wealthier – people. There are growing numbers like me in Britain since the backdoor privatisation of UK higher...

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‘The Cambridge Companion to Quakerism’, edited by Stephen W Angell and Pink Dandelion

18 July 2019 | by Reg Naulty

Close-up of the cover. | Cambridge University Press

The big surprise in this book is that unprogrammed Friends number only about ten per cent of the world’s Friends. Kenya has the greatest number of Quakers, followed by the USA, and Bolivia. Kenya once had 1,500 Quaker schools, although some have been taken over by the government. Kenya, Bolivia,...

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